I said Georgia, oh Georgia
No peace I find 
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind.

—The tune, first recorded in 1930, was made popular by Ray Charles in 1960 as part of the album “The Genius Hits the Road” and was made the Georgia state song in 1979.—

Well, yes.  Georgia was on my mind last week; but you say, “Stupidhead, you work for a daily paper.” Well yes I do and apologize for posting this a week late.

But I did get out for about half a day to cruise the countryside of central west Georgia.  I only wished I could’ve stayed longer, but I like being with my family here in SoCo too.

I imagined the heat and humidity of summer while cruising the backroads looking for something to photograph.  Even though it’s full on winter, the countryside is not bleak, full of those oak and pine forests similar only to Georgia.  Tall pines, lakes and friendly people.  Covering the 49ers victory over the Falcons was the main point of being in Georgia, but gleaning a little about the history of a certain area is an endless curiosity of mine and hopefully a good thing for our readers at the Press Democrat.

A freight train rumbles past a railroad crossing outside of Gay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013
Near Warm Springs, the pines gave way to grazing land basking in late afternoon light. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013
An empty store front in Luthersville, reflects an American flag. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013
Rounds of hay at an old grainery near Luthersville. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013


Just outside of Greenville a feed barn and trees at a cattle ranch. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A long forgotten storefront north of Manchester. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Afternoon sunlight filters through windows of the 163 year-old New Hope Methodist in Wooster. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

To mark the graves of Civil War veterans, a cemetery in Wooster displays the first official national flag of the Confederacy, called the Stars and Bars, and was flown from March 4, 1861, to May 1, 1863

In Manchester, the President theatre is undergoing renovation and is one of over 100 theatres Roy E. Martin Sr. of Columbus, Georgia, owned. Opening during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's term in Washington, Martin named the theatre to honor Roosevelt's presence in Warm Springs just up the road. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

The twin smoke stacks of a 300,000-square-foot building built more than 100 years ago in Manchester was once a productive textile mill until 1985. The plant was operated by other manufacturers but ceased operation in 2002. Sections of the factory are being demolished now after fire gutted much of the plant. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat ) 2013

Jones Chapel Congregational Christian Church near Woodbury at twilight. Out of 450,000 churches that dot the United States, a little over 10,000 of them are in Georgia. (Kent Porter Press Democrat) 2013

Cruising along Highway 85 south of Atlanta. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A waffle house in Atlanta. With their headquarters near Norcross Georgia, the franchise operates 1,700 of the restaurants, a regional cultural icon of the southern U.S. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Nut/fruit stand in Warm Springs. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

-Kent Porter