Historic Lakemont Village
A New Community built on Old Foundations housed in renovated and restored Buildings from the early 1900's

PINE POLES & PINE LINKS

The Joining Place - A Family Tradition

When the Tallulah Falls steam locomotive blew its whistle as it left Tallulah Falls, people headed for the Depot at Lakemont GA.

Up above Alley's Store and Lakemont stand "Pine Poles" and "Pine Links," built in 1910 and 1915 of heart pine cut there on the hills, known in the early 1900's as Jacqueline Hills. The house known as Pine Links was built first in 1910 complete with kitchen, sink, and wood burning cook stove. Outside was the convenient out-house or privy. Upstairs was a huge sleeping quarter with rafters and log walls exposed like a barn. The ground floor had a tiny bedroom and small screen porch.

Pine Poles was built in 1915 nestled into the angles of Pine Links eight feet away. Viewing both houses from the drive one saw what appeared to be one large house stepping up the hillside.

Both units had wood heat stoves. Pine Poles contained a huge fireplace of native stone jointed with masonry in the style of the late Mr. Cannon.

 

Across the access road was the home called Jacqueline Lodge begun in 1900 as a small cabin.

These structures were built by Mrs Vasser Woolley, mother of Mildred W. Seydel and Vasser Woolley Jr. A third rustic lodge was later built down the winding road by Mrs. Woolley and a fourth was built above all of them known as "Honeymoon Cottage." Bessie Rutherford Woolley and Lamar Rutherford Lipscomb, sisters, were well known by the local people, especially Lamar. Both sisters were active in helping the Tallulah Falls Institute begin to find wings to grow.


"Miss Lay-mar" as Mrs. Lipscomb was fondly called, moved there permanently in the early 1900's and remained on the hill over 40 years; writing, entertaining prominent people, and corresponding with the leaders of the United States. Twice she was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Conventions. Witty, with a rather caustic tongue at times, she was always interested in encouraging the native girls and boys to use their talents, creative or otherwise.

This is a transcript of the hand written document by Olivia Taylor Ward Allen around 1991

Lakemont Ga. and Jacqueline Hills

The locomotive puffed its way along the narrow gauge track towards Lakemont from Tallulah Falls. Wooded hills, ravines, rocky cliffs and the swift rippling waters of the Tallulah River and Tiger Tail Creek muffled and blotted the sounds of the approaching train. As it chugged downgrade in loops, it descended across the high wood trestles reaching the bottoms, then increased steam to move upgrade through the deep cut through a hill to the Depot. The huge wheels suddenly stopped turning forward and began churning in place. Youngsters had coated the tracks with brown Octagon soap, and were hiding behind rocks and trees nearby to enjoy the frustrations of the engine and its engineer. The delay was brief as the crew sprinkled sand on the tracks and the Tallulah Falls train chugged to it's stop at the little depot.

For many native families: the Cannons, Rameys, Ledfords, Alleys, Watts, Smiths, Taylors, and Mashburns, the highlight of their day was the train's arrival. Automobiles, until the 1940's, were scarce, and non-existent from the 1890's until 1915; buses were not to appear until the late 1930's. Wagons and buggies, mules and horses were the order of the day.

In 1931 I became one of the "immigrants" from the lower Georgia regions to enjoy Lakemont. My parents, Olivia and Jerry H. Taylor, purchased a log house on the hill above the origial 441 Highway from Lamar Rutherford Lipscomb and Elizabeth Rutherford Woolley. "Miss Lay-mar" and "Mrs Bessie" between 1900 and 1905 built "Jacqueline Lodge" and three other houses on the hill. Both ladies were personally interested in improving educational facilities for local children and supported the Tallulah Falls Institute from it's earliest days.


 

 

My family, the Jerry H. Taylors, established roots in two log houses, called Pine Links and Pine Poles, hand built of saddle notched round poles that stand within ten feet of each other. The logs were hand cut from existing yellow pines on the site and they had "shake" roofs, foundation pillars, chimneys, terraces, walks, and retaining borders built by the late Percy Cannon, expert stone mason or "dry rock" or cemented construction.

The Taylors, 1931 - 1991, had 2 sets of children and held "Camp Dixie" with couselors at Pine links. Olivia and Jerry Taylor moved to N. Rabun in 1952 to "Tree Tops" leaving Pine Poles and Links to descendants. Jerry Taylor died in 1962 and I, Olivia Taylor Ward Allen, was given "The Loggery" in 1963. The fifth generation is now enjoying Pine Poles and Links plus Ile-A-He," a rustic log and pine sided house on Lake Rabun I built in 1980 for my expanding family now totaling 22 from the original 6, and 15 or so blood nieces and nephews and descendants, not counting "in-laws."

The family also has roots on Lake Rabun beginning from 1940 at the site of the boathouse built by my father and replaced in 1981 by Ile-A-He, the Native American name for "home by the Waters." Pine Poles and Pine Links remain the primary roots for my family, the only unchangeable site we have known. As a result of improvements begun by my father 1931-1947 made by me 1963-1991, there are two roofs over half of Pine Poles

This is a transcript of the hand written document by Olivia Taylor Ward Allen around 1991

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Historic Lakemont Arts District, Old 441 S, Lakemont, GA 30552
1 mile from beautiful Lake Rabun, 3 miles from "Gorgeous" Tallulah Falls