As we traveled through Western North Carolina in search of a quilt fabric store, we stumbled upon the Carl Sandburg’s Home in Flat Rock. The house is old (built pre-Civil War), but since the Sandburg’s lived there until the 1960’s it has a very comfy lived-in feel. The Sandburgs were savers – keeping every magazine in piles along the walls. The house is decorated to be comfortable and useful. Mrs. Sandburg was an internationally famous goat breeder – she was well known for breeding goats that had increased milk production. The farm still has some token goats, the grounds are beautiful (as is the view) and the house tour ($5.00) was very interesting. It was a far cry from Biltmore, but all in all a great place to visit.
(And yes, we found a couple of fabric stores – My Quilt Shoppe in Flat Rock, Material Things, and Fabric and Foam Outlet. And I managed to find a couple of pieces of fabric that will remind me of our time in Western North Carolina!)
Our Sower’s work week is only four days, so on Friday we left early to see some more of Georgia. We headed west – through Plains, (I think Jimmy and Roseanne were still sleeping), Americus (home of Habitat for Humanity) and on to Providence Canyon State Park just outside of Lumpkin, GA. This is home of the Little Grand Canyon of Georgia. Now we haven’t made it to the Grand Canyon yet, and I’m sure this is nothing really compared to that, but it’s pretty impressive for Georgia! Check out our photo’s page for some pictures of that beautiful park.
From there we went to Westville – an 1840’s village in Lumpkin. We’ve done historic villages in the north – this was the first one in the south. It was very interesting to see the differences – both in architecture and lifestyle. This Yankee is really getting an education!
Saturday night we saw a “Swamp Gravy” production – Georgia’s State Folk Life play. It was a great play – and if you’d like to know just what Swamp Gravy is – here’s a link to a recipe – http://www.wctv6.com/recipes/headlines/1022041.html !
Georgia has more Baptist Churches than I have ever seen – On the drive from Albany to Vienna (about 40 miles -most of it on Interstate 75) I saw signs for the following Baptist Churches –
Thunder Hill Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
Charity Grove Baptist Church
Lakeshore Baptist Church
Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church
Lighthouse Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Antioch Baptist Church
Faith Baptist Church
…well, those were the ones I had time to write down!
I spotted this church amid the cotton fields while zooming along on Interstate 75. I don’t know if it was First or Third or Living Hope – but I’m sure it was Baptist – and that it was filled with praise on this Lord’s Day.
Yep, that’s what’s on the sign. Honest! It seemed packed (always a good sign) so we thought we’d give it a shot for lunch while we were waiting for the oil change on Lizzie to be accomplished. We walked in to a pretty ordinary looking place – tables on our left full of men wearing shirts with their names embroidered on the pocket and company logos on the back, and a buffet island on our left. We looked at the guy at the cash register – and he said – “go ahead, get what you want to eat, find a table and one of the girls will get you a drink.” Oooookay…We grabbed a plate and helped ourselves to braised chicken, fried chicken, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, greens w/ham, macaroni & cheese, a small salad bar, corn muffins and peach cobbler. Ok, so we didn’t help ourselves to everything on that list – but those were our choices. Monster glasses of ice water were served at the table. We ate our fill – and everything was delicious. The check came and only said – 2 buffets. I gave Gary a $20 and figured that was pretty safe. Much to our amazement, he returned with $13.75 in change!
This now ranks as the best deal of the trip! Buffet Lunch for two for under $7.00.
Maybe we’ll go back for breakfast!
We’re pausing here at a Walmart in Carmel, Indiana – (just North of Indianapolis) before we head south in earnest tomorrow morning.
Without getting in the car, we could have eaten at
Steak and Shake
Don Pedros Kitchen
Charleston’s (that’s the one we picked)
Old Country Buffet
We could have bought birthday cards, engagement rings, dog food, office supplies, sporting goods, mattresses, bedroom furniture, little girl’s clothing, cell phones, shoes, bed linens, smelly girl stuff, a suit for Gary, and a dress for me all without going into the Walmart, Target or Kohls that are also within walking distance of our camp site!
So much for the great expanses of the Mid-West!
Feels like Home!