Cherry Lake Farms – Madison FL

Description

“Cherry Lake Farm (also known as Cherry Rural Rehabilitation Project) was a New Deal rural relief program initiated by the FERA and the Resettlement Administration (RA) and implemented by the WPA. The project involved moving 500 needy families from Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville onto a 15,000-acre communal tract. The workers formed the cooperatively-owned Cherry Lake Farms (headquartered in the 1839 former plantation home, the Hinton House) and constructed a school, an auditorium, a coop store, barracks, a lumber yard, and a mill. Families lived in 170 cottages with phones, electricity, and running water?all furnished by jointly-owned utilities.”   (www.floridamemory.com)

According to the National Association of Rural Rehabilitation Corporations, many of the original houses are still standing. The site is now being used as a 4-H Youth Camp.

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Location Info


3861 NE Cherry Lake Circle
Madison, FL 32340

Coordinates: 30.620864, -83.421805

One comment on “Cherry Lake Farms – Madison FL

  1. I live in a cherry lake cottage, i love the quality of them, and they have such a good feel to them. I am trying to locate a map or layout of the project? And who first lived in my house in 1934? Any leads you can offer would be very appreciated.

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