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Location DB > United States > Georgia > Vinings > Settlement Community
Settlement Community
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created by Bennet on 1/13/2011 7:53 PM
last modified by turtl on 8/2/2014 10:49 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The remains of a former black community. Spans a couple square miles along the railroad tracks. Many foundations, couple houses, one decayed church, trash.
 Basic Information
Type: Houses and Church
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Settlement Road
Vinings, Georgia
United States
Owner: Unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • stray dogs
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • occasional police check-ins
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1830
    Closed: 1970
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  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
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    The origins of this abandoned community date back to the 1830's and 1840's. Around this time the Western and Atlantic Railroad was being built through Paces (later Vinings). Due to an agricultural downturn in local plantations, many slaves were leased to help build the rail road.

    As the Civil War came through the area many of these slaves were again put to work, this time as grave diggers, latrine diggers, tending livestock, washing and cleaning, and cutting roads. After the Union Army passed the now-freed slaves were allowed to remain as tenant farmers, as well as a continual supply of manual labour to the neighbouring white community of Vinings.

    The two communities, while separated on a macro scale, intertwined on a personal level. This relationship continued on into the mid-1900's. The black community was paid in cash by white employers, had very little in the way of legal paperwork, and generally got into less racial conflict than was standard for the time.

    With the advent of the subdivision and model homes in the 1960's, the lands of Settlement community began to be encroached upon. That lack of legal paperwork would come to haunt the black community as their desires and homes were pushed aside to make way for the development of subdivisions.

    Some fifty years after the beginning of the end, Settlement community has reached the end of the line. Foundations of former homes are scattered about the area, three or four homes remain standing in various states of decay. The roof of the church has caved in. There appears to only be one permanent resident in Settlement community as of now.
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     Future Plans
    Most houses have been demolished, the rest are in various states of decay. As per standard, possible site for future subdivision development.

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    Community Service
    Thu, Jan 13th, 2011
    posted by Bennet
    17 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 8/2/2014 10:58 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 2 14 at 22:58, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 2 14 at 22:49, turtl changed the following: Status
  • on Apr 12 12 at 12:52, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Apr 9 12 at 17:16, Bennet changed the following: History, Security Measures
  • on Jan 18 11 at 23:36, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 18 11 at 22:31, Bennet added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 14 11 at 6:11, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 13 11 at 20:59, Bennet changed the following: Hazards
  • on Jan 13 11 at 20:54, Bennet changed the following: Display Name, Real Name, Type
  • on Jan 13 11 at 20:53, Bennet made this location available
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