Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Plains, GA to Tallahassee, FL
The drive through southern Georgia let us see acres and acres of pecan groves. They are huge trees and probably produce tons of pecans. We had to stop at one of the roadside stands and buy some pecans. We also saw loads of cotton fields that are approaching harvest. The temps have returned to the upper 80's, so we feel we have an extended Summer. We drove through Thomasville, GA, which is a picturesque upscale town and a magnate for the northern rich who come to this part of the country to hunt. There are over 70 plantations with 300,000 acres and most are not working plantations, but are kept for their hunting value. One called Pebble Hill was open to the public, so we stopped. The last owner of the house setup a trust to hold the property and all its furnishings for the public. Her mother built the house in 1934 as a replacement for the original house that burnt. There were 18 guests and 12 servants in the house when it caught fire and she told everyone to grab a piece of furnishings and get out of the house. As a result, a lot of the original furnishings were saved. The cook was cleaning artichokes at the time in a wooden bowl. So, she grabbed the artichokes and the wooden bowl and left the house. The owner found this so amusing she made the artichoke the symbol for the plantation. The stables are the building with the turrets. They were some of the most impressive stables we have ever seen. The livestock and the servants all lived very well. From here we drove to Tallahassee. It's a beautiful city with a small town feel. The parks with their Spanish moss covered live oaks and the antebellum homes with a New Orleans feel make this an enchanting place. Make sure you read the next post. It's new, too.