Warm Springs and Manchester Ga

Warm Springs – originally named Bullochville. By the 18th century, settlers came to the area.  With the railroad the population grew, by the 1830’s it became known as spa town, because of the mineral springs.  In 1921, Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio.  His first time in Warm Springs was October 1924. He was a constant visitor for two decades.

Broad Street has several nice shops. In 100 year-old buildings the shops have antiques, handcraft items, collectibles old and new and woodwork.  I liked looking in the stores.

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Bulloch House Restaurant – The old Bulloch Restaurant burned in June.  They reopened at this new location. 70 Broad St.  Had the buffet lunch it was good southern  food.

 

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Art In Motion Vintage Motorcycle Museum – There are 100 vintage motorcycles, jukeboxes, slot machines and early advertising.  Preston is nice and knows a lot about motorcycles. – 78 Lil Sturgis St.

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Lil Sturgis Street has a museum, Extreme Rider Leather and The Biker Pub and Deck for the motorcycle lover.

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There are more shops in town.

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Warm Springs Winery – The vineyard is 2 acres and specializes in muscadine wine. – The tasting room is behind the house. – 7227 Roosevelt Way.

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Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Explore Roosevelt’s House, Guest House, Museum, and Grounds.   Historic marker in front of museum reads: Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Warm Springs in 1924 in hopes of recovering from the effects of polio. His love for the area and hopes for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation led him to build a small white clapboard cottage on these pine scented slopes. The house was completed in 1932.  If you like learning about the history of our Country, this is not to be missed.  40 Little White House Road.

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As a tribute to Roosevelt, each state contributed a specimen of native stone.  The collection was completed in 1959.

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Warm Spring Festivals – Harvest Hoe Down 2nd weekend in October.    Annual Candlelight Tour in November

 

Warm Springs to Manchester 6 miles – Take Warm Springs Hwy

Manchester – Nice downtown.  After asking a few people the only thing that I could find to do is the Railfan Observation Deck.  Behind the Main Street shops, the deck overlooks the Manchester Yard. The Deck was dedicated to the memory of Tyron Elliot.manchester (3)

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Picture of Railfan Observation Deck below.  Several trains go through the town during the day. 

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Festivals and Parades in Manchester:

July 3rd Celebration 2016

Railroad Days October 15, 2016. Model layouts, etc.

Manchester Veterans Day Parade – November 5, 2016

December in Highlands, NC

Off U.S. 441 turn onto Dillard Road/Hwy 106

The Dillard Road is a winding road as it steadily climbs to Highlands, NC.  There are overlooks that have scenic views of the valley below.  Dillard Road goes through Sky Valley and Scaly Mountain.

These are some of the things that are on the way to Highlands:

Highlands Canopy tours – there are 4 different zip-line tours to take depending on ability. There is a family course called the Brave Indian, perfect for grandma and kids. 9625 Dillard Rd. Scaly Mountain.

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Middlecreek Barn Antiques – Primitives, Old Tools, Toys and Unique Gifts – When you see the flock of geese (not alive) out at the road you are there. 8716 Dillard Rd. Scaly Mountain.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center – they have year round tubing.  In December they make snow and cover the slope.  The picture is of the machines blowing snow. Cool – 7420 Dillard Rd. Scaly Mountain.

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The great thing about snow is it makes your lawn look as good as your neighbors”

Lick Log Mill – circa 1861 – 4321 Dillard Rd.

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The Summer House & Tiger Mountain Woodworks – At The Summer House, you will find fine antiques, furniture, lighting and accessories. Recently rated as one of the favorite furniture stores in the South by Southern Living.  2089 Dillard Rd. Highlands.

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When you get to the “T” in the road turn right, you are in Highlands.

Highlands –  founded in 1875, Samuel Kelsey and Clinton Hutchinson, drew lines from New York to New Orleans and Savannah to Chicago, they felt that where the lines intersected would become a commercial crossroads.

There are really nice stores in Highlands from home décor, several clothing stores, an outdoor shop, jewelry and restaurants.  When you get tired of looking in the stores there is hiking, waterfalls, museum, parks, etc.

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Visitor Center – 108 Main Street

Highlands Botanical Gardens & Nature Center:  Opened in 1962 the Gardens is 12 acres of native trees, wildflowers and plants.

Bridal Veil Falls:  The only waterfall in the state that you can drive behind.  The waterfall is 45’ high and located in the Nantahala National Forest. Franklin Rd/Hwy 64 to Franklin

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Dry Falls:  A couple sets of stairs than a ramp down to the waterfall.  There is a paved walkway behind the waterfall.  The waterfall is 75’ high and located in the Nantahala National Forest. Franklin Rd/Hwy 64 to Franklin

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Glenn Falls:  On the east fork of Overflow Creek, it is a two-mile hike with 3 waterfalls. The hike is a gradual descent with quite a few switchbacks, so it is not too steep.  The middle and upper waterfalls are the best. Off Dillard Road

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The Bascom – A Center for the Visual Arts – The Gallery at The Bascom features one-of-a-kind handmade art objects. There is jewelry, pottery, fiber art, wood-turned vessels, porcelain, glass, basketry and paper. Open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5

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The Will Henry Stevens bridge crosses the river to Bascom. It is the former Bagley Bridge of Warner, New Hampshire. It was purchased from the Town of Warner for $1.00 the bridge was dismantled, numbered, and stored in a shed. In 2008 the bridge was completed and was pulled across the creek with oxen and a capstan.

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Sequoyah Lake Dam Falls –  lake formed in 1927.  Trail down to the bottom is treacherous. Franklin Rd/Hwy 64 to Franklin

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Pine Mountain, Ga

Pine Mountain to Atlanta 78 miles

The Town of Pine Mountain is more than Callaway Gardens.  They have Stores, Wildlife Safari, Chipley Historic Center, Roosevelt Stables, FDR State Park and Butts Mill.  Also the town has several hiking trails and golf.

The town began in 1882 when the railroad spread to Pine Mountain from Columbus, and until the 1960s, the community was known as Chipley. The name was changed to Pine Mountain due to the existence of Callaway Gardens.

Hwy 27 runs north and south through town, Hamilton is 8 miles south.  Some of the stores on Main Street are: Hissy Fit, Absolutely You Boutique, Cat’s Meow, Chanticleer, and more.

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Besides shopping there are other things to do:

Wild Animal Safari – 1300 Oak Grove Road – You don’t have to travel far to experience hundreds of exotic animals around the world. www.animalsafari.com

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Chipley Historical Center – 146 N. McDougald Ave. – There are exhibits such as photographs, deeds, newspapers, diaries, etc.  If you are interested in the history of Chipley (like I am) before it was called Pine Mountain than visit this museum. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places

Roosevelt Stable – 1063 Group Camp Rd. – 3 miles from Callaway Gardens, located in the 9,049 acre FDR State Park.  Rides are various lengths.

Butts Mill Farm – Butts Mill Farm Rd. – Family friendly park.  The admission price does not include go-karts or horseback riding.

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FDR State Park -President Franklin D. Roosevelt often picnicked at Dowdell’s Knob.  The park is Georgia’s Largest Park at 9,049 acres. Take Hwy 27 south, look for the FDR State Park sign on the left.

Picture taken from overlook to Park

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Picture of store and Ranger Station

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I went to the Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens on December 7th.  The tickets included the admission to the Gardens during the day.  We decided to drive through, so we lined up with everyone else, I have to give a big “atta boy” to the guys in charge, they remembered who was first. 8 million lights in displays, it was a feast for the eyes.   Get there early to line up if want to drive, when we finished I noticed that there was still a lot of cars still lined up.  Check out the website www.callawaygardens.com

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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them”   Mark Twain

Jasper and Talking Rock

Jasper – Atlanta to Jasper 61 miles

From Hwy 515 take W. Church St/Hwy 53,  turn left on Main Street.  Main Street is 3 blocks with buildings on both sides.  Several of the buildings have plaques with the history of the building inscribed.  The Courthouse is at the center of Main Street and has a historical marker and statues in front.

The Old Jail also has a historical marker describing the history of the jail.  There is also a cabin next to the jail, and the Old Jail, Cabin and the Courthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.  A small park is across the street from the jail with a monument and plaques.

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There are a few stores downtown, Coco’s Cottage, Weeks Jewelry & Gifts, Clock Tower Gifts and Boutique and Carriage House Bakery.   Park in front of the stores

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Ed B’s Studio 54 – An eclectic mix of original artwork featuring Sculptures, Paintings, Jewelry, and Pottery. The outside of the studio is weirdly wonderful with a checkerboard roof, bicycle in a tree, and a trike carousel on the roof.    54 D.B. Carroll Street, this is the street that is next to the old jail. –  Fri & Sat 10-5

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I had breakfast at 61 Main in the historic Jasper Theater the address is 49 Main St. They use local ingredients as much as possible.  The breakfast was good.  On the 61 Main website they list the farms they buy from.

The Jasper Marble Festival  –  October 1-2, 2016 – Arts & Crafts booths, Quarry Tours, 5k Run and Parade.

       Leaving downtown take Church street to Burnt Mountain Road this road becomes Hwy 136.  Do not turn left when you see the sign for Hwy 136 (if you do not want to go to the vineyard turn left it goes to Talking Rock).  Keep going straight Fainting Goat Vineyard is after the first scenic view pull off.  The GPS will not work on the address. Turn left on Vineyard Way

Fainting Goat Vineyard sits on a ridge that overlooks the beautiful mountains.  The view from the deck is really nice.  I like the presentation of the wines, they describe each wine as they pour a sample, then slide the stem of the glass into slot on a rectangle metal box.  Then you can take the box with the glasses to the tables inside, or the deck outside and enjoy each wine at your own pace.

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food”.  W.C. Fields 1930

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From Vineyard Way turn right onto Hwy 136, If you have a GPS input the address 19 Talonah St. Talking Rock.

Talking Rock is the third smallest town in Georgia

Hollyhocks Antique Shop – The building is circa 1888.  Antiques, Furniture, Home accessories, Floral Arrangements.  A nice shop, friendly people, entry is on the side.

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Shadow Creek Antiques & Artisans – Building circa 1883.  Antiques, Crystal Ware, Silver

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Latchstring Merchantile – Antique and Gift shop.  In 1883 the building was a millinery shop.  Very nice lady running the shop.

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Leaving Talking Rock take Hwy 136 past the town park, when you get to the corner there is a mural painted on the end of the building that depicts the town when the railroad was stopping 4 times a day.

Talking Rock General – 5119 Hwy 136 W.  has gemstone mining, gold panning, jewelry and gifts. Also ice cream and hot and cold drinks.  Nice people

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Take Hwy 136 to Antioch Church Road to Hwy 515

2nd weekend in October Talking Rock has a Heritage Festival it is a two-day event

 

U.S. 27 from Callaway Gardens Country Store, Hamilton and Cataula

Country Kitchen is inside the Country Store Callaway Gardens – great view from the restaurant at the back of the stone building. The store is in the front, they have Candy, Home Décor, Wine, etc.  We had breakfast and it was good. 16275 U.S. 27.

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Hamilton was Incorporated in 1828, Hamilton is the county seat of Harris County.  The city was named for U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Governor of South Carolina, Paul Hamilton (1762-1816).  The courthouse is in Hamilton.

The town square is a park with a gazebo and benches. A historic marker in the town square commemorates the life and legacy of renowned shape note-singer and songwriter B.F. White.  There is also a statue honoring the confederate dead.

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The buildings of the town face the town square.  Some of the buildings are empty.  There is a Barbershop, Boutique and EatZ Grill.  The rest are utilities, lawyers, etc. U.S. 27 is the main route through town.

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South end of Hamilton on U.S. 27 is a historical marker it is of Hamilton Female College.

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Continue traveling on U.S. 27 to Cataula.

 

Cataula is unincorporated.  The town is 95 miles from Atlanta.   The town’s namesake is thought to originate from a Creek Indian word which means either Big Rock or Dead Mulberry.

A historical marker is at U.S. 27 and Ga 315.  The marker is of Kingsboro & Cataula at Kingsboro 3 mi. S. Ga’s first narrow gauge railroad chartered in 1870 ended in 1873.

Daniels Wood Den at Coca Lake Barn – 396 US Hwy 27 – Is in a historic dairy barn.  They craft furnishings in walnut, chestnut, cherry, heart pine and pecan. They take pride in antler furnishings and chandeliers.

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Country Home Furnishings – 2845 US Hwy 27 – They have a Country Store, Garden Center, Custom Furniture and antique outdoor signage – 2 buildings to look in.

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Apples and Pumpkins and Wine on Ga 52

In September I start thinking about fall with the changing leaves and apples and pumpkins.   Ga 52 from Ellijay to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is a great trip.  I always go at the end of September, because Ga 52 will back up for miles in October.  If you do go in October go early in the morning.  Below is listed Apple Houses, Pumpkin Farm, Wineries and a farm store.

R & A Orchards – 4.5 miles East of Ellijay, established  1947  – apples, baked goods, jams, etc

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Historical marker in front Oakland Elementary, about Oakland Academy established in 1867.   8 miles east Ellijay.

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Aarons  Apple House – Open August to December.  Has apples, jams & jellies, fruit butters, applesauce,  etc.

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Mountain Valley Farm – 5 miles from Ga 52,   turn right on Clear Creek Rd. left on Homer Wright Rd.  Motto is: Growing locally since 1840, The Wright Family Farmstead. Beef has No Hormones, No Antibiotics, No Steroids, No Pesticides, No Chemical Fertilizers. cows are Raised on Pasture.  Buy beef, pork, local honey, butter and eggs.  Also have rabbits and goats to pet.

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Cartecay Vineyard – The land that Cartecay Vineyards was purchased in 2007. Cartecay is a Cherokee word, which means “Bread Valley”.  5704 Clear Creek Rd.

Chateau Meichtry – from Homer Wright Rd. turn right onto Orchard Ln. winery is 1 mile.  Most weekends they have music. Scenic views

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Mack Aarons Apple House– established 1944.  Apples, fried pies, cider, preserves, baked goods, honey, etc. 9 miles east of Ellijay

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J. Reece – Started by B.J. Reece in 1960. This is a. very popular apple house, in October cars back up for miles. (go early) they have apple cannons, petting farm, pig races, wagon rides, pony rides, cow milking, scavenger hunt, cow trains, ziplines. September & October weekends only.

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Hillcrest Orchard – This is a popular apple house.  September 12th to November 1st cow milking, nature trail, pig races, honey bee room in apple museum, moonshine museum, John Deere Derby, pedal cars, mule drawn wagon rides.

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Historical marker in front of Ebenezer Church.  This church was established 1839 and rebuilt in 1952.

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When you go down hill  there will be a Y in the road turn left.  Burt’s Farm is a mile on the right

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – September 1st to November 10th. Very large Pumpkin Patch with hundreds of pumpkins  different varieties, Hay rides, Country Store.  Get there early as the parking area fills up, and the traffic backs up.

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Louvale and Lumpkin, Georgia – Off the Beaten Path

From Columbus take Ga. 27 to Louvale, turn on Old Louvale Rd.   There is one store/museum,   Jimmie Dicks Museum and Antiques.  It was closed when I was there.

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There are four churches are in a line on the same piece of property.   The Antioch Primmitive Baptist Church, founded 1832 in Pleasant Valley, moved to Moccasin Gap 1842 and here 1851. Present Church was erected c. 1885 to replace original log structure.

Marvin Methodist Church, founded 1830 in Green Hill. Moved here 1990 when present building was erected.

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Leaving Louvale  go south on Hwy 27, turn right on Canyon Road/Ga 39, Providence Canyon is a short distance. The canyon is at: 8930 Canyon Road

 

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Providence Canyon is a state park it has two picnic shelters, pioneer campsites and backcountry campsites for a fee.  There is an Interpretive Center.  There are several areas to view the canyon from the rim.  If you like to hike there are trails to the bottom of the canyon.

Providence Canyon historic plaque reads: Trickles of water running down old Indian paths to springs formed the Providence Canyons, natural wonders of the Southeast. These canyons, named for an old church that had to be moved out of their path, are often called “Little Grand Canyons” because of brilliant color effects of the 43 different soils revealed in the walls. These vari-colored walls and sharp pinnacles make the view awe-inspiring. The canyons cover several hundred acres. The largest is a half mile long, 300 feet wide and 150 feet deep.

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Lumpkin

The Stewart County Courthouse is in the town of Lumpkin.  After a fire destroyed the courthouse the town rebuilt in 1922. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse sits in a square with streets on all sides.  There are two historical markers in front.

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Lumpkin is named for Wilson  Lumpkin, a two-term governor of Georgia, U.S. Senator. and U.S. Representative.  He was a leading Advocate of state rights and “Indian Removal. “

Most of the buildings in town are empty.  There was a Dr. Hatchett’s Drugstore Museum but is closed and will not reopen.

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Bedingfield Inn (the large picture at the top) is on the town square. It has a log cabin and historic plaque behind the main house.   It is listed in the Register of Historic Places. It has several events during the year.

The historic plaque is behind the Inn reads:   The Bedingfield Inn or Tavern was constructed on this site in 1836 by Dr. Bryan N. Bedingfield as a family residence and stagecoach stop. It was a center for commercial and community activities and a one day’s travel from Columbus, Fort Gaines, Americus, and Eufaula, Alabama. Also known as the “Harrell House,” “Cuba House” and “Ard House,” it continued as a hotel or boarding house into the 1930’s. In 1965, it was purchased by the Stewart County Historical Commission and restored as an 1840 house museum.

 

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Historic Westville is moving to Columbus.  They will close on December 23rd.   Westville is a living history museum recreating an 1850 Georgia town.   I was there the first weekend in December and the townspeople was dressed in period dress.  Buildings include a courthouse, church, school, stores, craft shops, and houses.  I really enjoyed myself, the buildings were open and the townspeople available to answer questions.  I imagine that moving the buildings to Columbus will be quite a feat.  When they reopen in Columbus I will visit again.

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Richland Georgia – High Noon in Ghost Town

Atlanta to Richland 140 miles – Columbus to Richland 36 miles

On Saturday taking Hwy 280 from Columbus, we arrived in Richland.  There is a small park on the right, with picnic tables and two historical markers.  The names of the markers are: Richland Baptist Church Site and Historic Richland.

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Reading the Historic Richland sign I was amazed to discover that by 1913, the city had 3 banks, 3 hotels, 25 stores, guano factory, cotton seed oil mill, Coca Cola bottling plant.

Landowner Henry Audulf founded the town in 1827, under the name Chisholm.  In 1885 the railroad expanded into the area.

Continuing of Hwy 280/ Wall Street, we turned left onto Broad Street.   Checking my car clock to confirm what time it was, the street was deserted at 11:30am.   Most of the buildings were vacant so we decided to try the Railroad Museum in the Depot It was closed, they do not open on Saturdays.  City Hall is also in the Depot.

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At 12:00 I googled Richland Rum and found that they are only open during the week.  Saturdays by appointment. I assumed they would be open.   (yes I know what they say about assuming)

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“Have a care with them thar cannons we’re out of rum”   Pirate P

The Visitor Center is in the Distillery Store it was closed.  308 Broad St.

I walked around for a little while,  the historic buildings are brick and the sidewalks are nice they have a  brick inlay.  The street is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Also the town is clean no trash.  Getting back in the car, I thought about the West and tumbleweeds rolling down the street.

When we left one car was parked on the street.  I think they were waiting for Richland Rum to open.

2nd weekend in November the City has the Pig Festival.

 

 

Lakemont and Tiger, Georgia

Lakemont –  I really liked Lakemont, from the old trucks, murals painted on the buildings, to the stores in the historic buildings. A few buildings have plaques with the history.

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Annie’s at Alleys really good rueben  sandwiches.   Annie’s also have antiques, cold drinks,  wine, beer,.sandwiches.  8476 Old Hwy 441

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Lakemont Gallery – Landscape Paintings, Pottery, Wood Crafts, Baskets, Twig Furniture, Inlay Furniture, Photography, Gifts, Home Décor.  Lakemont Gallery is housed in the restored historic Lakemont Lodge Building of 1910. 8538 Old Hwy 441 S

 

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Personify Shop’s mission is to personalize the world with unique and beautiful items. They feature handmade items, home decor, women’s clothing , boutique jewelry, luxury fragrance and candle lines, gifts, and more. 8452 Old Hwy 441 South, Lakemont

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Old Hwy 441 runs through Lakemont, continue north to Hillside Orchard on the left. 18 Sorghum Mill Rd. Lakemont

 

Hillside started in 1983 as a small cannery.  Now they have over 700 products that they make.  At the farm they have blackberry picking in the summer.  Corn maze in the fall, gem mining for the kids in the barn yard. Feed the goats and see the animals at Grandpa’s barnyard.  Enjoy fritters, fried apple pies, cider and ice cream.  Check out the moonshine still, old tractor and blacksmith shop.

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Continue North on Old Hwy 441 till you get to Tiger Mountain Vineyard. 2592 Old Hwy 441 South, Tiger

Tiger – There are two popular legends as to how Tiger got its name. The first is that it was named after a Cherokee chief named Tiger Tail. The second (and more likely) story is that the name came from the cry of roaming panthers

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Tiger Mountain Vineyards – They are an award winning winery. The red barn behind the tasting room has a restaurant The Red Barn Café.   I have been to this winery before so we continued on.

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Take Bridge Creek Rd to Stonewall Creek Vineyard. 323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger

Stonewall Creek Vineyard – The grape vines and tasting room cannot be seen from the main road.  The vineyard is a pleasant surprise.  I enjoyed the wine tasting.  They will be closed from December 19 to March 19.

 

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Goats On The Roof is a fun family stop! Lots to do, they carry Amish foods, Amish Furniture, unique gifts, T-Shirts, homemade fudge, homemade ice cream, gem mining. Of course the stars are the goats.  Purchase goat food, and you can feed the goats by hand or send it up to them.  Kids and the young at heart really enjoy this stop. 3026 Hwy 441 S.  Check out the website –  www.goats-on-the-roof.com

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Hogansville, Ga – City of Friendly People

 

Across the railroad tracks on Main Street lies a unique town.  What makes the town unique?   The circa Depot is  300 ft long  and is larger than any train station remaining in the Atlanta area.  Built in 1890 the Grand Hotel is a veranda- encircled Victorian building, the columns of the building extends out to the edge of the sidewalk.  City Hall is in the art deco style Royal Theater built in 1937 by C.O. Lam.  The Water Tower looks like a Turret from a castle, very Gothic looking it was built in 1916.  This is just some of the things that make this town special.

Some of the shops on Main Street are – Born Again Antiques, Dinkelmann Galleries, Scarlett’s Attic, Blue Train books, Dealz and Treasures.  I really like shops I can park in front of.

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The towns logo is The City of Friendly People, I have to agree, from the shopkeepers to people on the street, friendly people.

The town took its name from its founder, William Hogan who got the land through a 1826 land grant.  When Hogan and other landowners gave the right of way to the Atlanta-West Point Railroad in the 1840’s, Hogan gave 150 feet at the crossroads with the stipulation that a depot be built there.  His foresight in this grant was the beginning of the town, long before it was incorporated in 1870.

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Train Depot #17 on walking tour map

Water Tower #7 on the walking tour map

 

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Pick up a Walking Tour Map of Historic Hogansville at City Hall.  The map has 20 houses and buildings listed with a description of the history.

Dave Daniel built thus original Victorian style house in 1900 when he married Kate Hightower.   It is #10 on the Walking Tour map.

 

 

William Hogan, the founder of Hogansville, plus his two wives and several members of his family, are buried in this cemetary.  A nearby historical marker honors Hogan. The cemetary is #2 on the Walking Tour map

 

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The structure has served as the site of the Hogansville City Hall since 1985.  It is #14 on the Walking Tour Map.

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Hogansville has two festivals:   Uniques and Antiques Festival the 3rd weekend in May.   Hogansville Hummingbird Festival the 3rd weekend in October.

For more information about Hogansville check out the website, www.hogansvillega.net

Atlanta to Hogansville is 55 miles.  From I-85 take exit 28 head west –  Hogansville is 3 miles turn right on Main Street