That’s right friends. This past weekend was the 40th Anniversary of the Smokey and the Bandit movie that came out in 1977. Do you remember the basis of the movie? This is what it says on the IMDB webpage:
Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed) drives the rig while the Bandit helps make his path. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.
Knowing the story line, you now know that some of the movie is based in Georgia, home sweet home to this oinker. And downtown Jonesboro (less than five minutes away from the Hotel Thompson) held its 40th Anniversary over the weekend. The big rig came rolling in on Main Street followed by the famous Pontiac Trans-Am. And not only was the rig and Trans-Am present, so was the sheriff’s car that was driven by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (played by Jackie Gleason).
And of course they had a re-enactor that was playing Burt Reynolds character… who just happened to get arrested by our finest here in Clayton County, Georgia.
Nah, not really. It was all for show but doesn’t that guy look just like Burt Reynolds years ago in the movie?
He was a great guy for getting arrested and hanging out with everyone… and mom said not bad on the eyes whatever that means.
Burt Reynolds did show up to the festivities. This is him in the picture next to the Trans-Am. What an awesome time it was for everyone in attendance.
Did you know some of this trivia that we read on IMBD?
• A senior executive at Pontiac promised Burt Reynolds a free Trans-Am if the movie became a hit. It did and the 1977 T-Top Trans-Am became one of the hottest selling cars of the year. When the movie became a hit, Reynolds expected the executive to come through with his promise. But the Trans-Am never came. After a few months, Reynolds, (who was afraid of looking like one of those pretentious stars looking for freebies), finally called Pontiac. As it turned out, the executive that made the promise had retired and the new executive refused to keep the promise that was made, by the previous Pontiac Trans Am executive.
• Jackie Gleason would often ask his assistant Mal for a “hamburger,” which was code for a glass of bourbon.
• In Jonesboro, GA (YAY close to us here at the Hotel Thompson) where a lot of the film was shot, Snowman’s house and the warehouse where the Coors beer is picked up (in Texarkana, TX) are actually only about a half a mile away from each other.
• The line of Jackie Gleason’s dialogue printed on the movie’s poster is incorrect. The quote on the poster reads “What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law.” In the movie Gleason actually says “What we’re dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law.”
Credit to IMBD web page for information on movie. Credit to Scott Stubbs for pictures.
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Hello friends. I hope that you have been enjoying our Travels in the South edition. Today, we continue our adventures with Fozziemom and Fozziedad who visited all the way from Australia. Today, I want to focus on a restaurant that everyone went to on their way back home from Tybee Island. Also this is a restaurant that Jean and Bill visited while they were visiting as well.
It’s a place that my mom has been going to since she she was small child. She actually introduced my dad to it and it’s a great feel at home kind of place.
This restaurant is called Buckner’s Family Restaurant and has wonderful vegetables (for our vegetarians) and the best fried chicken you will ever wrap your lips around – just sayin’ so says mom – snorts. Which brings me to the chicken in the picture – his name is Elmer and he’s a pretty cool dude. His tall – really tall and his sign says do not touch… Personally I think too many people in the past have wanted to get up close and personal to him to have their pictures taken if you know what I mean.
Now you see the cool thing about this place is all of the tables are round. Okay I can see you going okay and what’s a big deal about that. Well you see in the middle of the round table, they have the biggest movable section – a giant lazy Susan if you will. The workers will come to your table with all of these bowls containing wonderful delights – creamed corn, green beans, beats, cole slaw , lima beans, rolls, chicken, barbeque pork, peach cobbler – just to name a few. And as you eat and things run out, you just ask for refills and the servers gladly fill everything back up. So you have a buffet without having to get up and down all of the time. You sit and the staff bring YOU the food. Cool huh?
Now you have to remember that everyone stopped here on the way home from Tybee Island. They were tired, exhausted if you will, and at the point of just being silly. The moms didn’t even have make up on. So, I’m tell you that in preparation for this final picture. A picture to show you (A) how tired they looked and (B) how silly they were being trying to get a picture with Elmer. So here you go my friends – the moms in their bare necessities.
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Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, Gone with the Wind Part I, Gone with the Wind Part II
Hello friends – welcome back to our continued tour of Jonesboro, Georgia in Gone With the Wind. Today, let’s talk about some of the gorgeous homes in downtown Jonesboro.
This is the Ashley Oaks Mansion that was built in 1879 by Leander Hutchenson. Ashley Oaks is built from over over 1 million hand made bricks. Each exterior home wall is 12 inches thick and each of the four large rooms downstairs stand on its own independent foundation. I guess they are right in the saying, “They don’t make things like they use to.” And Leander Hutchenson – he was actually the Sheriff of Clayton County several different times throughout the years: 01/18/1860 – 02/02/1862; 09/07/1868 – 02/06/1871; 01/31/1877 – 01/07/1879; 01/08/1887 – 01/08/1891; and 01/06/1893 – 10/17/1896. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see someone in politics take office this many times these days?
This house is the Crockett-Blalock house that was originally built in 1879. It has been under reconstruction over the years with rooms added on and now is currently a Wells Fargo bank. The home originally though belonged to Mrs. Hanes. Mrs. Hanes was a tough lady. In the middle of the Battle of Jonesboro taking place outside her doors and windows, Mrs. Hanes was giving birth to her baby.
And her husband was Alfred Blalock. Now Alfred was a prominent heart surgeon and was the first to ever do open heart surgery. But we found out something more about Alfred Blalock that mom found fascinating. Alfred Blalock was also the developer of plasma for the treatment of shock. Isn’t that totally awesome?
And you know what they say about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. Does that really take place? The tracks run straight down Jonesboro. So, depending on who you ask they will tell you which side is the right side – snorts.
But don’t worry because all streets lead you back to Gone With the Wind. And in the end, I guess you can say in some ways that Scarlett and Rhett will always be linked together..if only in street signs 🙂
My friends, I hope that you enjoyed our tour of Jonesboro, Georgia. Stay tuned next week to find out what additional trouble the foursome (Mom, Dad, Bill and Jean) get into.
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Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, Gone With the Wind Part I.
Last week we started the Gone with the Wind tour in Jonesboro, Georgia. We spoke of the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. The above picture was taken by Bill. What an awesome picture, you think? Today we continue our tour. There was one thing that I forgot to mention last week that I think you might find fascinating.
In this picture, you see the front entrance to the Road to Tara Museum where the Gone with the Wind tour starts and drops off. This building is important – not on historically but movie wise. Have I intrigued your interest now?
You see, Georgia is like little Hollywood and there are lots of movies made here. Heck not too far from us in Atlanta, they filmed the movie The Walking Dead. That explains all of the zombies downtown – snorts with piggy laughter.
But back to this Road to Tara Museum. Do you know what famous movie actually took place in downtown Jonesboro? In fact, there was a scene in the movie that was filmed right behind this building. That’s right – Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds. Notice the building now in this picture – this is the back of the building. In the movie, Jonesboro was turned into Texarkana. Cool huh? So you see we have our own little bit of Hollywood right here in the south 🙂
There are lots of other important places in Jonesboro. There’s actually the R.K. Holliday Office Building. R.K. Holliday was the cousin of Margaret Mitchell and the father of the woman who served as inspiration to Mitchell’s character Melanie Hamilton. Then there is the Carnes Homes that was built in 1850’s by Stephen Carnes. Carnes was a casket maker and after the war he was hired to re-inter the Confederate soldiers that had been buried around the city into the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery that we spoke about last week.
The tour also brings you by the 1898 Clayton County Courthouse. Margaret Mitchell visited this courthouse to research local records during her writing of Gone with the Wind.
Our next stop on the tour was the Courthouse/Masonic Lodge. From 1858 until the first County Courthouse was completed on this site in 1861, Clayton County Court met in the Masonic Hall. This courthouse was used until 1898 when the new courthouse was built. Now inside of this building it houses all kinds of history along the ways in Clayton County. It had original policeman uniforms, jails, Gone With the Wind pictures of Scarlett and Rhett to ghosts. Yep I said ghosts. Our tour guide says that psychics have been to this building and spoke to ghosts from years past. Interesting huh?
I’m sure you recognize this movie poster from Gone With the Wind but can you read it?
And do you know what happens to people on the tour that can’t behave? Go ahead guess. I bet you can’t guess. Stay tuned next week my friends for the continuing tour.
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Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, CNN Center.
Today we are going to start sharing another tour that we went on that was called Gone With the Wind Tour. The funny thing is that this tour has been in downtown historical Jonesboro for as long as I can remember and mom/dad have never went on it. Now, they have been to some of the places that the tour visits but never the ‘official’ tour that shares all kinds of information. And well Jean is such a fan of Gone With the Wind that everyone *had* to take this tour. This posting will definitely have to be in several postings to share all of the highlights that we saw and the pictures we took. So are you ready? Here we go.
The tour picks up at the Road to Tara Museum which is a 1867 Train Depot. Back in the day at the peak of railroad travel, both passengers and freight passed through downtown Jonesboro day and night.
It was once made of wood and stood near the Confederate Cemetery (which we will get to soon). But that building burned down in 1864 during the Civil War’s Battle of Jonesboro. After the building burned down, they built this building of granite and placed it more in the center of the town. You bought the tickets for the tour in this museum and also could shop for all kinds of gifts and trinkets.
In fact inside of the museum, they had all kinds of items for Gone with the Wind including this picture, paintings, books, pens, bells – you name it and they had it. I can assure you that mom and Jean walked out with more than the hub units wanted – snorts with piggy laughter.
Mom said she could have spent hours inside of the store just looking at everything – it was like walking on a movie set.
This beautiful house is called The Warren House and it was built in 1860 by Guy Warren. Guy Warren was an agent for the Macon & Western Railroad and one of Jonesboro’s first town commissioners. On the tour, you go by the house but currently it has new owners so you can’t go in to explore. It was on and around this house where the majority of the Battle of Jonesboro took place. The house at that time was used as a field hospital and was headquarters to the Confederate Troops until the Union Army took possession of the house for the same use. The tour guide told us that in some of the walls in the downstairs parlor, you can still see signatures of the soldiers that were recuperating at the house during the war. They left messages and signed the wall for all to see in the years to come. Cool huh?
The next stop on our tour was the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. Now there are some graves that are marked with the names. But this cemetery also holds the remains of over 1,000 soldiers that died during the Battle of Jonesboro who were buried in unmarked graves. The unmarked headstones are laid out in the shape of a Confederate battle flag that can be seen from the air when you are overlooking the cemetery.
AND, in all the years mom has grown up in the area she has heard plenty of stories about this cemetery. Mom knew of a friend that grew up in a house across the street. One night her parents had gone out and she stayed home alone. It was dark and rainy with a heavy fog in the area. She looked out her front door and saw the image of a Confederate soldier walking down the street. Just the thought of that makes my hair stand up on end – shivers.
Well friends, I hope you enjoyed the first installment of the tour of Gone With the Wind. Come back next week for more in the Travels of the South with my mom/dad and Bill and Jean from Canada 🙂 ❤
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Hello sweet friends. Today we are continuing our Travels in the South series with our great friends Bill and Jean who are the parents of Shoko and Kali from Canadian Cats.
The first week we posted, we posted of their arrival and eating at a local seafood restaurant. You can read about that here. The second week, we posted about a fantastic restaurant we all went to called Fogo de Chao. You can read about that here.
This week, we are going to talk about a tour that we took of a place called Stately Oaks. Stately Oaks is a historical Antebellum home located in Jonesboro, Georgia and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally constructed in 1839 by Mr. Whitmill Allen who sold his home to Robert McCord in 1858 and then moved to Tyler, Texas.
It is located in Jonesboro, Georgia. Does that sound familiar to you? Jonesboro is the very city where Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind had to pay the taxes on Tara. Even though Tara only existed in Margaret Mitchell’s imagination, she placed Tara in Clayton County where she had visited relatives who lived on a large plantation south of Jonesboro. Many of the stories she heard as a child are in the movie.
Now, Stately Oaks is open for tours and on this day (mom, Jean and Bill) decided to tour the home. The down side of the tour was we could not pictures of the inside of the home which was a real bummer. The start of the tour starts off on a CD and you listen to the history of the home while in the bottom level. Then the tour moves you into the sitting room, the dining room and the entertainment room. Then the tour moves to the upper levels of the home.
There are some items to point out which is interesting to know. Back during this time, tea was expensive and kept in a locked box with only the woman of the home having the key. Sugar was kept in cones and was brown, not the normal white sugar we are more accustomed to today.
Also, celery was a sign of money in the southern days. There was actual celery jars – kind of like the one in this picture – that were put on dinner tables to show the status of wealth in the family. Can you imagine that? It makes you want to go out, buy some celery and put in a jar on your table doesn’t it? Who knew this could be a sign of wealth… especially in today’s market at what $0.99 cents a bundle – LOL.
They also didn’t season meats when they cooked them. They had little individual salt bowls at every table setting. The mistress of the home would pass around the big cluster of salt and individuals would put some in their salt bowls to season their meats. Brings new meaning to, “Can you pass me the salt”.
One of the things we all fell in love with was the courting candle. I think it would be a blast to have one of these today. Jean bought one and trust me – mom is going back to get one as well. You see how they are made in the picture? The father could lower or high the amount of candle that would be burned during the courtship of their daughter. Once the candle burned to that desired place, the man that was courting the young lady had to leave for the night. What a concept huh? Such an easy and simple method to watch over a courtship. Of course, mom says she would use hers to show daddy actually how much time he had to be silly for a given amount of time. That’s my mom – snorts!
Now let’s talk about the upstairs of the home. The day that they went on the tour it was a little hot outside so you can imagine the inside of the home. Mom started getting the vapors downstairs and had to sit out a bit for some of the tour. Now, once mom was feeling a bit better, she ventured up the stairs as well.
Stairs in southern homes are steep. You see the average woman was around 4’11” and the average man was like around 5’7″ – not very tall for the likes of these days. And the stairs go straight up it seems with not much railing. Can you imagine as a woman in full attire (hoop skirt, bodice squeezing the heck out of you, tiny shoes, etc.) walking up stairs? In fact, at the top of these stairs, there was usually a chaise or chair of some sort for the women. Because believe it or not, sometimes they would pass out from the shear heat of exhaustion. Well, that was almost like my mom. She made it up the stairs, started having a hard time breathing and had to rush back downstairs and out of the door before she was hit with the vapors once again in a bad way. Don’t ask.
One thing that mom did notice upstairs in a glassed case was mourning tear jar. When the woman of the home was going through mourning, she would collect her tears in a jar. Once it was full, she would then close the top for her mourning. Forever, she would have the tears of her sorrow that she cried for her loved one.
Now the kitchen of this home had been redone more modern and we didn’t get to see any of that. But then again, the kitchen of the home back in the day really wasn’t a ‘kitchen’. It was more of a warming room. You see food was prepared in a ‘shack’ behind the home. This shack would host a fireplace, a table to prepare food and you can imagine the heat from the summer or the cold from the winter creeping in through the boards of the walls. The food was then brought into the home to the warming kitchen and stayed there until the woman of the home motioned for it to be served at the dinner table.
So much wonderful history was learned this day about the ways of the south. Can you imagine doing some of these things and living like this today? I hope you join us next week my friends as we continue our series of Travels in the South.
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So Houdini gets to drive the new Jeep and I can’t? How wrong is that picture might I ask? Look mom, his paws don’t touch the gas pedals either. I want my turn! See, I found these pictures. Nope, I wasn’t snooping on mom’s iPhone either. See mom forgot about this called the Cloud. It holds everything – snorts with piggy laughter. Her pictures get saved to the Cloud therefore I don’t *need* her iPhone anymore – ha! Just don’t tell her okay my friends.
So I see this picture of the little guy driving the Jeep. I’m like so that’s what he gets to do when he goes out with mom. Boogers – I want to drive too! Then I’m like why are they stopped? And is Houdini’s paw on the horn – why? Then I saw the next picture and went that’s why! There was a geese crossing in downtown Jonesboro. I guess that would stop traffic… as if a dog driving wouldn’t stop it before that – snorts with piggy laughter!
And I wonder where these geese were going? To get to the other side of the railroad tracks?
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Perhaps you’ve heard of this area called historical Jonesboro, Georgia. Do you know the story of Gone with the Wind that was written by Margaret Mitchell? Parts of this novel and movie were actually set in Clayton County in historical downtown Jonesboro.
In fact, the plantation in the book/movie, “Tara”, is an important part in Clayton County. One of our main north/south roads is named after Tara and is called Tara Boulevard. They actually even made two sequels to Gone with the Wind – did you know this? They were called Rhett Butler’s People and Scarlett. Both take place briefly in Clayton County.
AND, I bet you didn’t know this fact. Parts of the film Smokey and the Bandit were actually shot in and around Clayton County, specifically downtown Jonesboro.
This is a picture taken off of thebanditrunphotos.com It actually shows Burt Reynolds in his famous car in front of what is actually the historical downtown Jonesboro depot. Although there is a sign up on the building that states “Texarkana”, if you look in the lower left hand corner you will actually see a sign that states Jonesboro Days. 🙂 A little oversight by the movie company.
Another known fact about our little town – the Jonesboro Confederate Cemetery also known as the Patrick Cleburne Confederate Cemetery. This cemetery is opened daily between dawn and dusk. Mommy highly recommends the visit. This cemetery is north of Jonesboro where the heaviest fighting took place during the second day of the Battle of Jonesboro. This battle took place August 31 – September 1, 1864.
This cemetery is home to between 600-1,000 men who died during this battle. If you look closely at this picture, on top of the monument that states Confederate Dead, you will see on the arch 12 cannonballs. Once you enter this walk way, it takes you inside of the cemetery. It really does take your breath away when you think about all of the blood shed in such a short time.
As you walk through the cemetery, you notice something just a little different about the layout. The headstones are patterned in the shape of a confederate flag. The walkways are shaped like a X and the graves fill in the triangles of the X.
You can spend hours in this cemetery just looking at the different headstones reading the names. Names of people that you actually don’t know in person but can feel and reconstruct in your mind the battles they must have went through during the time. It is an emotional feeling to say the least.
There are also many homes in historical downtown Jonesboro that were used in the civil war as Confederate field hospitals. You can learn more about the homes and businesses located in the area at http://jonesboroga.com/site/VisitingJonesboro/OnlineHistoricalTour/tabid/91/Default.aspx
It’s a great read into this area. I hope you enjoyed my little taste of some of the famous things about my home town. I would love to hear about your home town 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
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Trains are wonderful. Think about them and visual this. Just sit and listen to them passing in your neighborhood, rumbling over the train tracks with the occasional whistling of their horn. It’s kind of relaxing. One of our favorite things when driving and getting stopped at the railroad crossing due to a train, is counting how many railroad cars are behind the locomotive. You must be thinking, “WOW – they live in the deep south if that’s their highlight!” Snorts – but really it can be interesting.
If you have children in the car, it helps with their learning in counting numbers. If it’s just you, it helps to pass the time. I was actually in the car one time with mommy and we got stopped by a train. The big train and the noise of it kept my full attention. I heard mommy counting out loud and do you know she got up to 115 railroad cars! That’s a long train!
We have a train track not too far from the Hotel Thompson. There are trains that pass through historical downtown Jonesboro often at night, usually in the whee hours of the morning. It’s very calming to wake up to this sound.
So the next time you get stopped by a train, don’t get upset. Take the time to relax and count how many railroad cars are behind the locomotive. See if you can beat 115 🙂 wink.
XOXO – Bacon
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