This weekend, we were immersed in small-town southern culture when we went to visit my daughter, Megan and her husband, Ryan’s new home in Bostwick, Georgia. They decided to look for a place outside the built-up suburbs where they could get some land and enjoy nature and this was it!
Bostwick is a small town in Morgan County, just North of Madison, Georgia. If you don’t know where this is, it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere – between I-20 and Athens. In the mid-1880’s John Bostwick, Sr., a local boy, started buying land in this area for cotton farming. He continued to expand his land holdings and the business thrived. At it’s peak in the 1920’s the town had two cotton gins, a cotton seed oil mill, a depot and train station, a bank, a hotel, a dry cleaning business, three doctors, a blacksmith shop, post office, and three businesses with gas pumps.
The building in this image is a remnant of that golden age of King Cotton. This operating Lummus Cotton Gin continues to connect Bostwick to it’s past. Every fall, they have a Cotton Gin Festival, celebrating that history and inviting people to come see what small-town Georgia was like.
Dixie King Cotton Gin
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
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