Woodbine, Georgia

Day 839

     Woodbine is located in one of Georgia’s original counties, created when the state constitution was adopted in February 1777 and located in the very southeastern corner of the State, just 7 miles from the current Florida border. Records of the site where Woodbine is now located date back to 1765, when 4 men petitioned for and received fourteen hundred acres on the south side of the Great Satilla River.

     We are staying at a campground called Walk-A-Bout Camp & RV Park. We walked about, but nothing really to see.

     RV’ers stop here on their way to Florida and that warm sun. So, this sign seems out of place:

Technical Stuff:

Summerton, South Carolina to Woodbine, Georgia: 207.2 miles

3 hours 55 minutes

11.7 MPG

Diesel: $2.96

Atlanta, Georgia

Day 829

     Heading home for my father’s 98th birthday. Visiting Barbara’s cousin here in Atlanta. Caught here in heaving rain, and blocked from moving on by heavy snow between us and home. We were scheduled to meet with friends in South Carolina from our Alaska trip, but they got snow, and now have freezing rain. We will wait it out. 

Technical Stuff: Columbus, Georgia to Atlanta, Georgia: 146.0 miles

3 hours 19 minutes 

9.3 MPG

Diesel: $2.86

Columbus, Georgia

Day 826

     Columbus, Georgia, once the site of a Creek Indian Village, is one of the few cities in the United States to be planned in advance of its founding. Established on December 20, 1827 as a trading post, Columbus is situated at the beginning of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River from the Gulf of Mexico. The city became a center of shipping and military manufacturing.

     East of Columbus is Fort Benning Military Reservation. On October 19, 1918, the Infantry School of Arms was established on 80 acres of land here. Camp Benning, later Fort Benning, was named in honor of Confederate Infantry General Henry Lewis Benning, born April 2, 1814, a Columbus Resident, and lawyer. 

     Today, we saw graduation on Inouye Field. Named for Daniel Ken Inouye (井上 建), born September 7, 1924 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. (If you get a chance, you should read this man’s history. It is an inspiration of what it means to be an American and a soldier.)

     Located on the Fort is the The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. A fascinating museum covering the infantryman from the Revolutionary War through Afghanistan. 

     Not only depicting the soldier, but also equipment used in each conflict. 

     Transition from calvary to mechanized. Send in the cavalry!

     Barbara tried driving an armored vehicle, but got the gas and brake mixed up, destroyed the exhibit, and almost going from the second floor to the first. 

     Part of the museum was devoted to Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (remember Audie Murphy?).


Technical Stuff:  Tallahassee  FL to Columbus, Georgia: 195.8 miles

4 hours 1 minute

9.2 MPG

Diesel: $2.77

Kingsland, Georgia

Day 558

     Almost made it to Florida, but we ended up in Kingsland, Georgia. We will spend only 1 night here and move on to Mims, Florida tomorrow, where we will spend 4 days, hopefully in warm weather as it suppose to be above freezing and a high of 50.

Technical Stuff: Walterboro, SC to Kingsland, GA: 165.4 miles

3 hours 40 minutes

10.0 MPG

Diesel: $2.86

We have slept in 26 States

Atlanta, Georgia

Day 539

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     We are back in Atlanta, Georgia (see day 259) to visit with relatives. They wanted to view the Christmas displays at Callanwolde.

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     The estate was built in 1920 by Charles Howard Chandler, the son of Asa Chandler, who established the Coca-Cola company, after buying the patent from John C. Pemberton, the inventor. Charles succeeded his father as president of Coca-Cola from 1916 to 1923. He died in 1957, and the estate went through many owners. 

     In 1971 the dilapidated house and estate was taken over by The Callanwolde Foundation. Rather preserve and restore the house to the way it looked in the 20’s, they used the house to promote the cultural arts. Each room was dedicated to a different genre. They did have the invisible man playing the piano as you walked into the foyer.

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     It was ok, if you are into that sort of thing, but I don’t think it was worth the price of admission. And Mr. Chandler doesn’t look happy as how his house turned out.

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     The Chandler ancestry goes back to the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The name “Callanwolde” is based on this family connection to the Irish town of Callan and the Old English word for “woods” (“wolde”)

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Technical Stuff: Montgomery, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia: 203.7 miles

4 hours and 4 minutes

11.7 MPG

Diesel: $2.49

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Day 263


     Stone Mountain is a granite rock, 9 miles long and 1,686 feet high formed at the time of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is most noted for it’s carving on it’s north face. 

     The carving was conceived by Mrs. C. Helen Plane, a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). She wanted to have a lasting tribute to the Confederacy. She got a lease from the owners of the Mountain in 1916 and commissioned Gutzon Borglum to do the carving. He wanted to do  a sizable Civil War monument showing General Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson leading a group of soldiers. However, because of various disputes Borglum abandoned the project in 1925 (and later went on to begin Mount Rushmore). He had completed a good part of the carving. Nevertheless, the supsequent carver actually blew off the mountain Borglum’s work.

     Numerous disputes and carvers followed. The project, consisting only of Lee, Davis, and Jackson, was not completed until March 3, 1972. (No wonder they lost the war. And, why didn’t they put it on the South face?)


     We stopped at the grist mill that had been moved from somewhere else to the base of Stone Mountain.