Two Places To Go This Weekend!

Two Places To Go This Weekend!

Famous in these parts, always held the first weekends of May and October is the “Cotton Pickin Fair” in
Gay, Georgia. Oh my goodness, this is the most fun activity and a bunch of us can remember being at the very first “Gay Fair” as we called it, some 40 or more years ago. I believe it was one of the first of its kind; the weekend fair that features various vendors, including artists, antiques dealers, crafts, soap-makers, blacksmiths, basket weavers, just name it. And the FOOD! And the MUSIC! This weekend promises beautiful weather so I hope you get to go.

We are going because in addition to the Fair, there will be a special tour of a most unusual home not far from the fair grounds. (Here’s our Pine Mountain connection.) Our Chipley Historical Center in Pine Mountain is chock full of, well, history. Located in the original brick City Hall on McDougald Avenue, the Center holds a wealth of genealogical research materials, local history and information on the Civilian Conservation Corps from the Roosevelt Era. The volunteers and Board are using every available inch of space including the two original jail cells for storage.

Plans are underway to add much needed space in the form of a building that will connect to the original but not alter its exterior. Since it is on the National Registry of Historical Places it can’t be changed. As good fortune shines on us from time to time, the nephew of one of the board members is noted Atlanta-based architect, Keith Summerour. He has graciously donated his expertise to create the plans for the new space.

He designed a rather unusual weekend home in Gay, Georgia that he will hold open for tours this Sunday, May 8th from 2-4 p.m. The design is based on eighteenth-century shot towers in which molten lead was dropped from a height of a hundred and fifty feet then another eighty feet into a well. On the freefall, the lead formed a sphere and cooled in the water below, becoming lead shot. The tower is twenty-four feet by twenty-four and seventy-feet tall, used as a hunting lodge and weekend home. The view from the top should be spectacular. He has written a book about the house which will be available for $50 each. All sale proceeds will be donated to the Chipley Historical Center’s building fund.

In my next life I’ll be an architect (or was that surfer?) I hope I don’t fall so in love with this structure as to embarrass myself when they make me leave at tour’s end. Support a great cause and enjoy an afternoon in Gay, Georgia. Contact me for directions.