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Queen Anne Farmhouse, Oglethorpe County

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Gabled-Ell Farmhouse, Oglethorpe County

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Plantation Plain Farmhouse, Oglethorpe County

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Paul’s Bar-B-Q, Lexington

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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 began in 1929 when Clifford Collins started cooking and barbecuing whole hogs in Lexington. He and Fudge Collins sold their product 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.

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Doctor’s Office, Circa 1850, Philomath

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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

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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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Watson Mill Bridge, 1885, Oglethorpe County

Watson Mill Covered Bridge Madison County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Georgia’s longest covered bridge is one of my favorite places. Watson Mill Bridge was built in 1885 over the South Fork of the Broad River by Washington (WW) King, son of the freed slave and great bridge builder, Horace King. The bridge is supported by the town lattice truss system and wooden pins.

Watson Mill Covered Bridge State Park Madison County GA Photograph Copyrght Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The bridge is accessible at Watson Mill Bridge State Park, near Comer. It’s truly one of the most picturesque and beautiful outdoor spots in all of Georgia. Fewer than 20 of Georgia’s 200 historic covered bridges remain.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park Madison County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

 

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