The Letter that started it all......

Tell me what you like about Pike County, Georgia! Let's tell everyone!

I live in the best part of the biggest state east of the Mississippi river in the most generous and best country in the world. I really like my home and my neighbors. This blog celebrates that fact!

Let's get the word out! Just click on where it says "# comments" (where # is the number of comments) and use the comment form to tell me what YOU like about Pike County! Put your name in the comment. Bookmark this page!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Country Life

The horse's name is Willie.  He's pretty close the 30 years old.  Occasionally, we let him out to graze in the back yard because his pasture is pretty bare this time of year and hay and feed just get boring for him.  When we do that, Yellar, one of our yard dogs, always stays close to Willie to protect him (from what?).  These two are very good friends.  (The rope is lightly looped around his neck to keep it from dragging.)

This scene is not unusual in Pike County.  Horses, dogs and all variety of animals abound down here!

Wow- look at the local color! Springtime!!

Flowering trees and shrubs cover this county.  Here are two very close to my home, a flowering cherry (from Ison's Nursery) and a Forsythia bush (don't know where I got that one!).   Do you have a favorite flowering tree or bush?  Take a pic and put it in your comment, or email it to me at (please make it under 100KB).

Don says....

It's great to see positive comments from knowledgable folks in Pike.

Did you know....

Pike County has it's own Racetrack?  Yep.  on the west side of Hwy 19, just across from Moody Funeral Home is the old Pike Raceway, a figure "8" dirt track.  It used to be very active in the 50's and 60's and drew a large crowd every week.  You can see the entrance off Hwy 19 in the old rusted posts and chain hanging between them.  I'm no Figure "8" fan, but I have been to Dixie Raceway and that was very cool!  Wouldn't that be fun!

George writes....

I am a Pike Countian twice, first by birth and now an old timer by choice. The "old days" were great but the Pike County of today is so--so much better. Thanks Randy for triggering what we like about Pike. I like this beautiful introduction to Spring. A beautiful first day of Spring last Saturday with Tour de Pike and the kick off of baseball and softball. Then today, one week later. beautiful weather again with Easter Egg Hunts and fun all over the county. Ellen and I had the pleasure of providing a hayride experience for about 150 wonderful Pike County kids, and lots of moms and dads too, at one of the Eggstravaganzas. I like Pike, don't you?
March 27, 2010 9:50 PM

Chris says...

Do you know that people come from all over the state to sample the Gregg's peaches, fruits, and veggies? I brought a professor from Iowa State University to the fruit stand a couple of years ago (he was taking photos to accompany his review of our grant to make an agritourism map) and he loved talking to the ladies who were working there. I went to a national ag meeting last year, and there, in front of over 1,000 people were pictures of the Gregg's orchards, Market on the Square, Pike cattle farms, and the Courthouse!
March 27, 2010 4:20 PM

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cathy writes:

Well Randy.....I can see it's going to be another beautiful day here today. Looks like we might get some much needed rain again......NOT! Hope the weather forecasts you saw is going to be much better then it's looking right now. Wind is blowing and overcast right now. Hope you have a great day. SPRING IS HERE.
March 27, 2010 9:51 AM

Gardening Day!

I'll bet the gardening centers will be filled with shoppers today! The good new is I think my peaches made it through the late frosts OK.  If mine did, then I think the Gregg Farms in Hollonville did, too.  Can't wait for that fresh peach ice cream!  Now, THAT is a good thing!

Friday, March 26, 2010

What we Don't have.

I am traveling to a Real Estate Conference at the Gwinnett Center.  Three times today I was at a dead stop on an eight lane freeway!  Wow, I'm glad that is one thing we DO NOT have here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cindy writes:

I love that you can walk in and out in 5 minutes at the tag office too (in Virginia we had to wait forever at the DMV!)...i love the hay fields...the hot air balloons...El Mariachi - it's kinda like Cheers - it's a place where everybody knows your name...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Here's a Cool Thing

I wish there was a way to find out how old these are.  They are from near where the original Shackelford homestead was and we know they (the Shackelfords)  have been here since the 1700's.  Very cool.

Chris says....

Today was the annual Tour de Pike bike ride sponsored by our Kiwanis Club--many thanks to everyone who came out to give a great welcome to bike riders from all over Georgia. I was at the first rest stop in Molena and so many people commented on how beautiful the land was--lots of people ride their bikes down here frequently; from now on, the weather just gets better and better, peach trees bloom out next!
March 20, 2010 4:32 PM

Friday, March 19, 2010

More Stuff I like about Pike County

I  like Spring!  This picture was taken a few years ago.  Since then, my daughter graduated from Pike County High School and went off to....gasp!...University of Florida.  Notice the dogwoods!  I like looking at the old Shackleford home place in one of my pastures and admiring the daffodils that come up every year.  I would sure like to know how old they are!  (Hundred years?)

I like the way drivers nod and wave to each other, even if they don't know each other.  I like old lady drivers- the way they drive those tanks around with their little heads no higher than the steering wheel!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Comments from Pike Countians

 Tricia writes:  I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful town we live in as i read this! I love Pike County, GA. And there is no other place i would prefer to live- I also love market on the square!
March 18, 2010 10:56 AM

Joan writes:  I'm proud to be a Pike Countian!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Why I Like Pike County Georgia

Fourth of July Parades, Pimento Festival, Pirate Football, fireworks, sidewalks downtown, pull in parking on the Square, the old Courthouse that still has a Court, good roads, responsive government, ball fields and soccer fields, the Williamson walking track, the Concord walking track, Walker and his bagpipes, Chris and her bookstore, Doug and his Whooping Cranes that drop by every year (shh…that’s secret!), deer in the back yard, deer in downtown Zebulon, foxes, gobblers all fanned out strutting alongside Hwy 18 just outside Zebulon, the Shoals, horseback riders on Sunday afternoon in the spring. 
                I was asked by the CEO of a company pondering the move to Pike County what was so special about this place.  I smiled and thought for a minute and a flood of things ran through my mind, and I couldn’t answer for a while.  Finally, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “No matter how long you’ve lived here, you are made to feel welcome.  This is a special place because of the people.  Sure, the mountain to the south, the river to the west, the big Courthouse in Zebulon and Hwy’s 18 and 19 dividing up Pike can define the land, but the people are the best thing this county has to offer.” 
                Jerry fixing my well within hours of my call, Vonda Kay helping me learn Real Estate, the Market on the Square, Lady Pirates Soccer, Blake smacking another homerun, Tripp taking my call, Roosevelt bringing gravel and dropping it right in the perfect spot, Freshway and those unbelievable strawberries last year (could you believe those?), tall timber, snakes, sweat, mud, and bird dogs.
                That man got me to thinking about this place.  I travel.  Always have.  A lot.  I’ve been to many places that just hold the Earth together.  This piece of dirt, right here, right now, is special. We are special because we are can-do, problem solving, forward looking, hand-up, help-out, God- fearing, God-loving, America-proud, flag waving folks. Or, like Preacher Bennie says “just plain folks”.  Every once in awhile, one of us might start to think we’re just a little more special than the rest, and our britches start getting a little tight.  But, it won’t take long before they find out just how important they are.
                Mud-bogging, frog-gigging, fishing, hunting (but we all know bird hunting is the best), turkey calling, labs, pointers, setters, Brits, ATV’s, field trials, more bird dogs.  Forsythia, jonquils, peaches, apples, muscadines, Ison’s, dogwoods (wow!), bonfires at night, Pirates games and the crack of helmets, cheerleaders, seeing the kids sitting real close(!) in the stands (But Mom, it was cold!), well water, Jason putting up fence on the day I need it, John cutting beams for the new porch, George and Ellen sharing the long history of their farm, getting help at the courthouse, walking in to the Tag Office and being done in 5 minutes, the Whiskey Bonding Barn and the writing on its walls, Sunday church, Wednesday church, Tricia and Rusty sharing Jesus.
                Of course, we have our, shall we say….miscreants.  But, I say, they only add to the flavor to this rich stew!  And we have a few malcontents. But, if I may quote Lyndon Baines Johnson, “Any jackass can kick down a barn.  Only a carpenter can build one!”  Sometimes, it seems like we have a lot of those…..umm, kickers, (especially those that won’t sign their names), but, I submit, we have many more carpenters here in Pike County.  We are a diverse group of just plain folks that build each other up. 
                Fried chicken, grits, fried Oreos, Burt’s chicken, Pike Historic Preservation, United Men of Pike, Citizens to Promote Pike, pots of food and meals that show up upon a death, pots of food and meals that show up upon a birth, shotguns in pickup trucks, Grandmas, PawPaws, Meemaws, Aunties, bubbas, Sissy, and Daddy, eating corn right off the stalk.  Joy and her airport, Tommy and his restaurant, John and the Bank, (and John and the Bank),  Karen and the Chamber, Concord CafĂ© and fried tomatoes, hot air balloons, airplanes doing acrobatics in the still summer air, Mom at Blimpie’s getting that order just right. This list could go on and on.  Add your list.
                To say I appreciate this County is an understatement.  There occasionally will be a focus on the negative, but I’m here to tell you that you are special; I appreciate you, neighbor.  We have so much to care about, smile about and protect.  What is it that YOU really like about Pike County?  Tell me.  Tell your neighbor.  Tell your Commissioner.  (This would be a great time to crack a smile!)  Like the preacher says, “We are blessed!”