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.
In the morning we set out to see what downtown Columbus had to offer. First stop: the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
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.
A quick walk around town to make sure there are restaurants and bars.
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.
One of Ena’s scuba diving friends, Mack, is a retired race car driver so we stopped by his shop.
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.
On the drive back to Columbus, we stopped by an art colony called Pasaquan, smack dab out in the middle of rural Georgia.
Couldn’t resist the photo ops!
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.
This isn’t the Columbus, Georgia I remember from 1968!