Searching for Homestead Sites in Richloam Wildlife Management Area

Hiking in Baird Unit

Hiking in Baird Unit

I have been exploring some lately at The Richloam Wildlife Management Area in Sumter County in an area known as Baird Unit. It is a big place with over 11,000 acres of property and many miles of forest roads, multi-use and side trails to wander. I discovered around five homestead sites so far but only two of them had any significant remains left. The sites may date back to the early to mid-1900’s when homesteaders lived out here and farmed the land.

The first site I found had a structure that could have been where livestock was kept. Nearby it was a really big pasture that is now overgrown. I could see fence posts surrounding the property and some clearings where other structures may have stood. I scoured the area and didn’t see any other structures. a lot of stuff may be buried as well.

Further down the trail a few miles was the second potential homestead site I was looking for. As I got closer to the area the forest road all but disappeared into dense brush and woods. I struggled to see the path so I just followed my map the best I could until I eventually came upon the site. I saw a small clearing in the woods but nothing else initially. Then I saw a glimpse of metal by the trees and it was an old refrigerator.I knew then that I had found the place I was searching for. Around the site was metal and wood and part of a collapsed structure.

After leaving this site I headed back out to the forest road and continued onto the third site where nothing could be found. I also discovered two other sites where all that was left was just clearings. I still have more sections to check out here so I am looking forward to seeing what else I can discover. Finding history in the wilderness can be hit or miss but it’s all apart of the adventure!

My Videos

Exploring an Homestead Site

Exploring an Homestead Site 2

Exploring an Homestead 3

Resources

Richloam WMA

Old Homestead Site

Old Homestead Site

Old Refrigerator at Homestead Site

Old Refrigerator at Homestead Site

Old Fence Post

Old Fence Post

Structure at Homestead Site

Structure at Homestead Site

Structure at Homestead Site

Structure at Homestead Site

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