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Uncle Remus Museum, 1963, Eatonton

Constructed from derelict slave cabins, the Uncle Remus Museum opened in Eatonton in 1963. Its location, Turner Park, was the boyhood homeplace of Joseph Sidney Turner, the inspiration for the “little boy” to whom “Uncle Remus” relayed all his critter stories in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and later works. Turner’s father, Joseph Addison Turner, owned Turnwold Plantation where Harris apprenticed as a teenager during the Civil War. A reconstructed blacksmith shop is also located in the park.

Carvings of many of the animal characters populate the grounds, which are a delight to walk around. I’m not sure who did all of these wonderful wood sculptures, but they’re a wonderful addition to the property. And forgive me if I confuse Bre’r Fox and Bre’r Wolf!

Bre’r Fox

Bre’r Wolf

Bre’r Bear

Bre’r Tarrypin

And last, but certainly not least, Bre’r Rabbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akins Feed & Seed, Griffin

Akins Feed & Seed was established by L. A. Akins in nearby Barnesville in 1940. Three of his sons joined the business in 1946, opening additional branches, including Griffin and Forsyth. The Griffin branch has moved to a newer facility and they’re still serving farmers and gardeners throughout Spalding County.

Griffin Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Flovilla

Heard Street, running parallel to the railroad tracks, is Flovilla’s historic commercial center.

Much of the space is now occupied by the Victory Tabernacl. When I was photographing, mid-day on a Friday, the church was meeting and I could hear gospel music coming from inside, just as the sign promised.

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Indian Springs Lodge #307, Flovilla

The Indian Springs F & AM Lodge at Flovilla is definitely one of the most unique I’ve seen in Georgia.

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Indian Springs General Merchandise

I believe this is now an antique store.

 

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Fresh Air Barbecue, Jackson

Dr. Joel Watkins began selling barbecue here in 1929, making it the oldest pit-cooked barbecue establishment in Georgia still in its original location. Upon Dr. Watkins’ death in 1945, the business was purchased by longtime manager, George W. “Toots” Caston, who is credited with making Fresh Air Barbecue into the institution it is today. Caston made improvements to the cooking process, the sauce, and the Brunswick stew recipe and expanded the business from a drive-in to a dine-in. Even the coming of I-75 couldn’t keep people away from Fresh Air, with many travelers taking the exit just to experience the legendary fare of the “Barbecue Place”. Still boasting one of the shortest menus in the business, there are no frills here, just barbecue, Brunswick stew, pickles and potato chips, and pecan, lemon or Reese’s pie for desert if you need something sweet for the road. And you can buy a whole ham if you’d like.  There’s a Macon location today that has a few additional items, but you really should go to the original first.

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Robison Tire & Appliance Company, Jackson

In the era of big box stores, it’s great to see businesses like this in our smaller towns. When I was growing up, no one would have thought of going out of town to buy their home appliances. You knew and trusted the man who sold them locally and that’s where you bought them.

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