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George S. Baker, of Providence, Rhode Island, brought his family on a trip south around 1907 to visit the Willie Plantation, near Lloyd, Florida, in Leon County. His two photo albums of the trip, containing nearly 200 photos, chronicle the departure from New York City and highlights of Washington, D.C. In Florida, the Baker family made occasional forays to St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee, but most of their time was spent at the plantation, and half of the photographs in the album show people and activities near Lloyd. Among the subjects depicted (see below) are barrel-making, hog-butchering, plantation buildings, and the daily chores of local workers. It is unusual to see so many photos from the same rural location for this period in Florida's history.
|(1) Main house (2) Barrel-making station|
|(1) Heating water in winter (2) Hog butchering|