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Fairfield Photography Shoppe seeks help in identifying photo
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The Fairfield Photography Shoppe operated by Magness Library will feature photos of Warren County people and their pets, farm animals or hunting endeavors. Some photos have names, but others do not. Pictured above is a photo Magness Library would like to identify. The portraits on display are part of the Brady, Hughes, Beasley Archive at the library. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Fairfield Village will soon be filled with the hustle and bustle of a pedestrians checking out the many exhibits the tiny town has to offer. 

Fairfield Village is the historic heart of the Warren County A&L Fair. Its origins began in the mid-1980s. The Harrison Plantation Cabin was constructed in the early 1800s. It was the main house on the plantation and was the first historic building moved to the fairgrounds.

“We took over the Fairfield Photography Shoppe two years ago,” said Magness Library director Brad Walker. “We really enjoyed working on it in 2019 and providing an exhibit. This will be our second year.”

The photography theme is people and animals. 

“We would like to identify the people in the photos,” said photo archivist Carol Caldwell. “That’s always one of the goals with exhibiting photos from the Brady, Hughes, Beasley Archives. We know some of the people, but not all of them.”

One of the unidentified photos is a man with his family, wife and triplet boys. Two photos are on exhibit: one of him and his sons’ surrounded by pelts of muskrats and the other is a family portrait with them in their “Sunday Best.” 

Clues include the man’s hunting license which he wore on the bib of his overalls in the photo which dated the picture as 84 years ago. His license number is 52522 and was issued for the 1937-38 season. 

“It would be great if we could identify him and his family,” said Walker. “We’ve contacted the state of Tennessee Department of Fish and Game, but they don’t have records from back then. Maybe someone will recognize them. ”

Fairfield Village is also home to other cabins, a church, a blacksmith shop, country store, fair office, post office, telephone company, radio station, hospital, Fraley’s and the Southern Standard. 

Most of the buildings at Fairfield Village were constructed or relocated to the fairgrounds in the 1980s and 1990s. Since that time, the town continues to be a popular destination for fair visitors.