Fondest memory: My fondest memories of Crawfordville were the ten years that I directed a summer Youth Camp, using the group camp facilities of the A. H. Stephens State Park. The camp was sponsored by the church which I pastored in Augusta (an hour to the west) from 1977-1992.
Camp Stephens - some of the campers thought it was named for me - was the perfect spot for a summer camp. The excellent facility was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930s. It consisted of a large old lodge overlooking an eighteen acre lake. There were four clusters of rustic cabins which accommodated about 150 campers and staff, and we were always filled to capacity. We also had a ball field, two covered pavilions, two outdoor arenas, a staff lodge, and other recreational facilities.
The camp is so picturesque that a couple of movies have been shot there - these were in addition to the films I mentioned in another tip that were made in the town of Crawfordville.
Of all the things I did as a pastor, nothing was more rewarding to me personally than the summer Youth Camps. It was an enormous amount of work for which I received no compensation, little thanks, and an lot of criticism from my (former) denomination. It was well worth the effort and if given the opportunity, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Popular Movie Site
Favorite thing: When you arrive in Crawfordville you just might get a Deja-vu feeling as if you have been here before. Actually, you have very likely seen Crawfordville before at the movies but just didn't know where it was. The town is "picture perfect" for film makers who want to find a small Southern town which time has forgotten. Nothing much has changed here in a hundred years, except that lots of people have either died or moved away and now the downtown area is mostly empty.
Hollywood has discovered Crawfordville as a great set for movies and several popular motion pictures have been made here. These include:
Coward of the County (Kenny Rogers)
Summer of My German Soldier (Kristy McNichol)
Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon)
Paris Trout (Dennis Hopper)
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, (Dennis Quaid, Kristy McNichol)
and several others.
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- Arts and Culture
Crawfordville Welcome Mural
Favorite thing: I have been visiting Crawfordville - or passing through it - for more than 40 years, and it seems that this mural has always been there, proclaiming "A Dixie Welcome to Crawfordville."
The mural proudly proclaims that Crawfordville is the "Home of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy and Governor of Georgia." The sign also advertises that Crawfordville has "Fine Homes, Stores, Schools, Churches as well as Factory and Business Locations." Want to start a new business where there's no competition? They've got a spot for you in Crawfordville.
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