Columbus 2017

The 50th Anniversary of my OCS Class graduation at Ft Benning will be next year. Since I had a visit with my sister, Ena, planned anyway, we thought we’d do a little recon work for the eventual planning committee. So here are some photos from the trip, several as part of my scouting report and the others, purely family get-together.

After a cross-country flight and a drive from Atlanta to Columbus in a rental car, Ena scored major points for her welcome.

A Hendricks Martini!

A Hendricks Martini!

Homemade Brunswick Stew and barbecue

I wonder if there is any truth to this cocktail napkin?

I wonder if there is any truth to this cocktail napkin?

In the morning we set out to see what downtown Columbus had to offer. First stop: the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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How knew that the recipe for CocaCola was invented in Columbus?

Who knew that the recipe for CocaCola was invented in Columbus?

The Bureau is a wealth of information about Columbus and provides assistance in organizing reunions

The Bureau is a wealth of information about Columbus and provides assistance in organizing reunions

Right next to the Visitor’s Bureau is a full-service Marriott Hotel. No photos but probably the best bet for a central location within walking distance of Columbus downtown restaurants, bars and attractions.

The city has created a nice river walk beside the Chattahoochee

The city has created a nice river walk beside the Chattahoochee

Some of the old mill dams have been removed to create an urban whitewater park

Some of the old mill dams have been removed to create an urban whitewater park

Here's the tower on one side for a zip line across the Chattahoochee

Here’s the tower on one side for a zip line across the Chattahoochee

A quick walk around town to make sure there are restaurants and bars.

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A BLT with fried green tomatoes

A BLT with fried green tomatoes

There are several museums in Columbus but the only one we visited was a small, corporate museum founded and supported by the WC Bradley Company. Not sure if it would be available for a large reunion but the interior space sure is pleasing.

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A painting of post-Civil War Columbus as a mill town

A painting of post-Civil War Columbus as a mill town

One of my favorites by a local artist

My favorite by a local artist

One of Ena’s scuba diving friends, Mack, is a retired race car driver so we stopped by his shop.

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Next day we took the hour plus drive down to The Andersonville National Historic Site, which preserves the former Camp Sumter, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the final twelve months of the American Civil War. It is also site for the National Prisoner of War Museum.

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The 45,000 Union prisoners that passed here were responsible for their own shelter

The 45,000 Union prisoners that passed through here were responsible for their own shelter

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Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 died

Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 died

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On the drive back to Columbus, we stopped by an art colony called Pasaquan, smack dab out in the middle of rural Georgia.

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Couldn’t resist the photo ops!

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It pays to have friends (or in this instance, a sister) in the right places. A relaxing day at Lake Harding with Ena’s friends, Bill and Sherry.

And to wind up the visit, a nice French-inspired dinner with a Southern twist at 7th Street Provisions.

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This isn’t the Columbus, Georgia I remember from 1968!

 

 

 

 

 

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Columbus 2017 — 4 Comments

  1. BUDDY there is a navel museum in town.Also there is a very old graveyard where GEN BENNINGand alot of confederate veterans are buried.Also the last time I drove downtown the stop joints still advertised the same girls dancing.They must be getting old!

  2. Very nice! We may need to add a few days to our reunion to enjoy Columbus. It sure is different than I recall from our time in OCS – of course we didn’t get out much. We will have to enjoy a Hendricks Martini together! You will need to give your sister a “heads-up” to expect about 75 friends for dinner.

    • Wayne, I told Ena about the 75 dinner guests and she has decided to move without leaving a forwarding address! Maybe she will leave that bottle of Hendricks behind.