The Anti-Antebellum Trail

The Anti-Antebellum Trail

 Two Southern belles go off the beaten path in search of Southern hospitality Photos by Leara Rhodes and Jane Self, Doughboy statue by Jesse Walker, Mama’s Boy and Globe by Phil Pyle Thirty years ago, the Antebellum Trail was created to boost business and travel along a 100-mile trail from...
From the Front Lines

From the Front Lines

Written by Bowen Craig Photos by Kevin J. Henry, Sr. I must have heard twenty cell phone ring tones playing “Dixie.” The men, women, and children gathered on that hot day in May really did “wish they were in the land of cotton,” but they were all wearing wool, flannel,...
Heritage of the Hunt

Heritage of the Hunt

Chasing an old Southern tradition Written by Nicole Isaac Photographed by Terry Allen I’m not a morning person, and this Saturday at 6 a.m. is no exception. Groggily, I triple check the GPS directions for getting from my condo in Midtown Atlanta to a black dot on a giant earth-toned...
Savor the hunt

Savor the hunt

 Andrew Featherstone, executive chef at Burge Plantation in Mansfield, is always on the hunt for new ways to introduce wild game into mainstream menus. Raised just outside of London, Featherstone brings more than 25 years of experience in the culinary field to the table, developing innovative dishes for members at...
Room for a Zoo

Room for a Zoo

Bill Killmer, Michael Vaden and Robert Tucker stand on the crest of the hill, surveying the almost 400 acres that opens up ahead. It’s a scene from a Hollywood movie – sage grass blowing in the wind, a line of trees enclosing the rolling expanse that feels a world removed...
Catfish - Good Eatin'

Catfish – Good Eatin’

Written by Glover Housman Rumors swirl like red clay in the heady waters of a cove after a good rain: Lake Oconee is full of monster catfish. They say catfish as big as Volkswagens lurk in the dark waters near the dam. Anglers wait for a solid tug from a...
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Golf at Lake Oconee in the spotlight once more

Golf at Lake Oconee in the spotlight once more

Written  by Patrick Yost A May announcement by the Golf Channel and Reynolds Plantation primed the area for the four–day “Big Break” Invitational Reynolds Plantation golf tournament. The Tuesday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 3 event will take place at the Great Waters golf course, a Jack Nicklaus designed course that has also held the Andersen...
Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Chance encounters reconnect neighbors and friends at Reynolds Plantation Written by Jameson Bryce McCuin Photographed by Andrea Gable Some might call it fate. Others may say it’s completely random. Either way, most everyone is drawn to stories of chance encounters – married couples who met at a party, best friends who started out with an...
Reconstructed

Reconstructed

The “Boat house” navigates modern style, while anchored  in history Written by Jamie Miles Photographed by Josiah Connelly Near the end of Porter Street in Madison, I stopped in front of the Boat House, a stately clapboard Victorian that reveals no hint of the unusual architecture that gave the house its enduring moniker. Built in...

The Ballad of Okefenokee Joe

Okefenokee Joe embodies just about everything that makes up a great folk song. A legendary character, brave and mysterious, he made his home in the swamp, slept among snakes, tamed its wildest critters, befriended bobcats and bears, and taught the world to be “swampwise.” He’s a local folk hero, our hometown Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett,...

Children tweet best in the garden

If you ask a young child about the social network Twitter, you’ll probably get an explanation worthy of old man Webster himself. Ask that same child to describe a snapdragon, and they’re just as likely to give you a blank stare as if you’ve asked them about a mythical beast. Gardening has long been known...

Returning the flesh to the bones

BOOK CHRONICLES THE HISTORY OF GRAND ESTATES Georgia’s two-lane back roads ramble by parched skeletons of the state’s past. Kudzu moves in and out of windows and doors and across old porches like worms through the sockets of a bleached skull. Wisteria romantically interlaces her deceptive fingertips amongst boards and brick and mortar, heaving her...
Firefly Supper Club

Firefly Supper Club

Lake Oconee Living invites you to the inaugural event of the Firefly Supper Club’s “Farm to Fork” dinner series. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the countryside at Cloverleaf Farm dining on award-winning local & seasonal food prepared by Divine Event and beer and wine from Terrapin and other local breweries and wineries. The event will...
A lingering legend and Southern storytelling

A lingering legend and Southern storytelling

The following is a local story relayed to “Georgia Rambler” Charles Salter by the late E.H. Armor of Greensboro – the town’s unofficial historian – originally printed in a 1979 issue of the Atlanta Journal. Salter’s recent book, The Georgia Rambler: A Potter’s Snake, the Real Thing Recipe, a Satilla Adventure and More, is a...
Lucky Number Fore!

Lucky Number Fore!

Reynolds Plantation golfers beat unbelievable odds on the green.  In August, MetLife’s announcement of the acquisition of Reynolds Plantation made headlines for Lake Oconee throughout the golf industry. Just after the transition, departments got to work on planning for the future and there was a flurry of activity on the golf course with maintenance projects at...
The Ramblin' Issue

The Ramblin’ Issue

Buckle Up! From Andrea Gable, editor of Lake Oconee Living magazine To me, nothing wakes up a gypsy soul better than the simple act of rolling down the car window on a crisp, sunny day in the revival of early spring. Throw in a new destination to discover and good music on the radio, and...
Ramblin' Road Tunes

Ramblin’ Road Tunes

Georgia tends to produce some mighty fine musicians. In the spirit of our ‘Ramblin’ issue, we put together a playlist that’s ready to hit the road. Stream it below with Spotify.
Antebellum Attractions

Antebellum Attractions

Milledgeville invites you to ramble through history with the Georgia Trust   It’s no secret that Milledgeville’s main street, West Hancock, has a past steeped in history and intrigue.  One slow cruise down this one-mile stretch takes you by some of the South’s finest examples of Antebellum architecture. There’s Georgia College & State University, the...