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    Historic Downtown

    by TexasDave Written Apr 8, 2009

    When the County Seat has a population of barely 7,000, you can imagine the 'downtown' of the city isn't exactly a throbbing metropolis. There are some very old and nicely restored buildings, a square with the obligatory monument honoring Rebel soldiers, and a few small shops and cafes.

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    Uncle Remus Museum

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 8, 2009

    Joel Chandler Harris was an accomplished and well-known writer in his time and was born in Eatonton, raised by his single mother. His formal education ended by his early teens. At that time, he became a printer’s devil for the Countryman, a local newspaper owned by Joseph Addison Turner. Turner owned the Turnwold Plantation, which Harris later moved to. It was here, at Turnwold, that Harris was first introduced the Negro slaves. He spent many hours with the slaves listening to their folklore. He had an ear for their dialect and committed to memory both their stories and language. Harris provided humor in his works and depicted issues of the underlying racial overtones of the time through his works.
    This log cabin made from two Civil War-era slave cabins presents many mementos, first editions, and artifacts from antebellum days and relating to the famous stories Harria wrote.

    Admission: $1, adults
    .50 children under 8

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    uncle remus museum

    by doug48 Written Apr 27, 2008

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    the uncle remus museum is about the life of joel chandler harris and his uncle remus stories. the uncle remus character was based on a real life "uncle george" who was an african-american slave that told harris stories in his youth. harris' uncle remus stories were based on the african-american storytelling tradition. he began publishing the uncle remus stories in the atlanta constitution in 1879. the main character in the stories was brer rabbit who outwits his adversaries. later a collection of brer rabbit stories was published in book form by robert roosevelt, the uncle of president theodore roosevelt. in 1946 the walt disney company produced "song of the south" which was based on harris' work. for those of my generation it is difficult not to forget the tune "zippidy do da, zippidy a, my oh my, what a wonderful day..." from the sound tract of the movie. of course today one would find these stories archaic and to some degree condesending but from a historical perspective they were considered wholesome entertainment at the time. for those interested in old southern literature the uncle remus museum may be interesting.

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    confederate civil war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Aug 13, 2008

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    pictured is the putnam county civil war memorial. this statue of a standing solder is a very common motif in the south.

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