Paul’s Bar-B-Q, Lexington


According to almost anyone you ask in Lexington, or any of the myriad barbecue “experts” out there, Paul’s was one of the best barbecue restaurants in Georgia over its long history. [I’ve eaten at many of the “best barbecue in Georgia” joints and very few have impressed me. My favorite remains Armstrong’s in Summerville and it’s not even on many of those lists. They seem to have issues with their hours, though]. Online reviews raved about the perfect vinegar-based sauce, the thick Brunswick stew and sweet tea better than your granny’s. Paul’s was only open from 9:30-2:00 on Saturdays and on Independence Day. They finally shut their doors on 4 July 2016, a day which made many people sad.

Luckily, the good folks at the Southern Foodways Alliance interviewed the owners in 2008 and recorded an oral history of the business. It all started in 1929 when Clifford Collins started cooking whole hogs in Lexington. He and Fudge Collins sold their barbecue under the shade of a Mulberry tree on Main Street for the next forty years. With the advent of health regulations, the business moved inside this building and they began smoking hams instead of whole hogs. Clifford retired when he was in his 90s and passed the business on to his nephew, George Paul, Jr.  George was a farmer with no restaurant experience but he quickly learned the ropes. He and his son Jimmy operated the business from about 1979 until 2016, with George smoking the shoulders on a pit at his farm and Jimmy making the Brunswick stew.

Southern Foodways Alliance also recorded this short video, which you might enjoy.





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Doctor’s Office, Circa 1850, Philomath


Used for many years as the precinct house, this is said to have been built around 1850 as a doctor’s office.

Philomath Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Glenn-Callaway House, Circa 1840, Philomath


A nearly identical twin to this house, known as The Globe, is located nearby.

Philomath Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Appalachian Trail Approach, Amicalola Falls


A concrete arch behind the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Park marks the beginning of the approach (8.5 miles) to the Appalachian Trail. Even if you don’t plan on hiking the AT, you might enjoy this trail.


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Amicalola Falls, Dawson County


Amicalola is the highest waterfall in Georgia and the views from the top of the falls (seen above) is one of the nicest in the southern Appalachians.


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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker, Amicalola Falls


When I was visiting Amicalola Falls I met several Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers just setting out on their journeys. This gentleman had just made the drive up from southern Louisiana and was surprised by the warm weather. The approach to the AT begins at Amicalola and winds its way up 8.5 miles to Springer Mountain, the trail’s southern terminus. Thousands of hikers pass through here every year with high hopes of making it all the way to Mount Katahdin, Maine. Most don’t quite make the grade, but all are drawn by the solitude and natural beauty of the trail. Whether seasoned hikers or first-timers, all come away from the experience with stories to tell.

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John Dick Mountains, Fannin County


If you turn onto Doublehead Gap Road off Georgia Highway 60 you’ll have a nice view of these mountains, known as the John Dick Mountains. There are several spots to pull over on the right of way.


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