50 Years Ago This Month

On October 30, 1969 the Pickens County Progress had a front page article announcing the plans for the development of Bent Tree.  The first line of the article began “Last Thursday night at the Lions Club meeting personnel from Spratlin Associates, Inc., of Atlanta revealed for the first time publicly the projected plans for a multi-million dollar investment in Pickens County…”.

from the October 30, 1969 Pickens County Progress newspaper

from the October 30, 1969 Pickens County Progress newspaper

Some Bent Tree History

The photo below (circa 1972) shows an old smokehouse that was built on land that is now at the bottom of Lake Tamarack.  The structure was estimated to have been built around 1870 and was moved out of the way when the lake was filled.  It was made of hand-hewn American Chestnut logs, and the door frames were put together with square nails.  The tin roof and the clapboards near the top were added later.

Old smokehouse in Bent Tree (photo circa 1972)

Old smokehouse in Bent Tree (photo circa 1972)