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What ever happened to Phelps Acres?

By Tine Reynolds

"What happened to Phelps Acres gone, yea, several years now?" Thanks in part to JIM in this publication, the charming stories still abound about Esto and also Phelps Acres, even though Esto no longer exists and neither does Phelps Acres, for that matter.

The epicenter of that area has spread outward now from the former Phelps Acres to Rosco Marvin Wilson's historic little enclave on the northeast (atop Perkins Hill) and on south west the Harts (see all those gates with the initial H) and also my humble place, the old LapsleySnow Farm (1802) near Liberty Church (about 1850), which is still going strong with a new minister and new stained glass windows and new fellowship hall.

A few miles around the corner from the site of the former Esto Schoolhouse and up Hale's Highway and across from the Country Club, is now a branch of Stephens Pipe and Steel, which bought the old Medaris Farm.

The rural ambience has turned quickly into a threateningly urbanized mix with beautiful new mansions on the divided lots of the former Phelps Acres and, as well, jobs for several in this factory, one of 20 or more small factories in the county (which has no zoning, we hear).

What happened to Phelps Acres mentioned in JIM's articles?

Evidently farming stopped when a big part of the acreage was sold for the Russell Co. Airport.

The age of the name-farm stopped at that time, at least 30 years ago. The old farm has now been divided into estate-type lots where a few new mansions (some ironically similar to what the Phelps house looked like in 1875, see photo in columbiamagazine) already stand. The current old Phelps house, without its architectural authenticity, nevertheless helps us remember their agricultural power of long ago. That house, too, sits on a subdivided but larger lot. Sorry, no more time to write now..... --Tine Reynolds

This story was posted on 2013-02-25 22:48:02
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