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