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Friday, September 16, 2011

A day visiting Historic Bainbridge, Florida ~ part 1

Yesterday we went off to visit Bainbridge, Georgia looking for more Waymarks and to spend the day exploring the area. It never fails to amaze me how much history is in so many small towns across the country... I just love wandering through places that most people just fly by and never stop. While visiting this little town I saw so many incredible homes & buildings all over 100 years old ~ can they build them today that will last that long? As for the people in these towns they are so proud and friendly ~ it made it a fun day that's for sure.

County Courthouse ~ Built in 1901

Our first stop on our day was to find the L&N 2132 Coal Locomotive and Caboose. We got a little lost but soon ran into the Chamber of Commerce. We not only got better directions but also the very friendly women working there gave us a lot of information of other great things to see & do. If you ever visit this town it should be the first place you go to ~ it is in the Earle May Boat Basin Park. We took a winding road through the woods and by the river and soon came to our destination and to our surprised there was an area fenced off that held so many animals. Goats, Donkeys, and hundreds of Emu. They were all so cute and very friendly. Then there was the object we were seeking ~ the old train. It was huge and pretty well protected under a roof that was built over it. After spending a long time checking it out we took a walk on the mile long trail next to the river built just slightly above where the animals were. GREAT fun!

This is the park where the Chamber of Commerce is ~ also the train display.

These animals were all so cute but look at donkeys ears... I think I spooked him! lol

These next 2 photos are of baby emu ~ aren't they so cute!

I think they could have painted the caboose to make it look better but other then that, this was an impressive display of a train and a lot of equipment used during that time period. You can see how big it was just by Ralph standing beside it!

In the middle of town was a cute little town square where they have events and many tributes to veterans and major citizens of the past in their community. Just Across from the park is the County Courthouse.

We had a great day is this little town and there is so much more I wanted to share to share with you but I will save it for the next post. Historic homes & buildings... I know I have a hard time on deciding which pictures to share and that is why there are so many ~ LOL

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Believe it or not that engine Ralph is standing next to is a switch engine, when you get up here to St Louis we will go to the Museum of Transportation where you can see examples the biggest steam and diesels ever made. We enjoy going to the old townes ands squares also. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

Bridget said...

Great pictures, not too many at all and ROFL about the donkey's ears, too cute!

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! More fun! I love seeing those precious little animals and there's another train. My hubby loves this stuff! :) Looks like a great place.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue and Doug said...

yet another great tour!!!..love taking lots of pictures but it is always difficult to pick a few to post!!

Karen and Al said...

Those pics looked very familiar! Bainbridge is interesting but I really hope you get a chance to visit Thomasville. There are so many beautiful old houses and of course "the big oak" is a must see. Its one pf the prettiest southern towns you'll find...along with Madison Georgia. Let me know if you get to Thomasville and I will give you some must sees.

When will you be home.synergy we can get together.

Happytrails said...

What a quaint town!! I agree with you....love those small towns most folks just drive right through and never stop to take a look at the history found there.
The donkey picture was so cute!!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

It's a shame they have not repainted that caboose. Hopefully they get around to taking care of that piece of history.

Today's kids wouldn't even know what it was!

~M said...

Wow! I was just looking up Emu's this morning, LOL! Thanks for another great post! Cheers! ~M

Margie and Roger said...

What a fun time you have been having! I checked out the Wayfaring website and it looks pretty neat. More fun for the camera bug.

Rick said...

What a great place for a visit! Looking forward to more great pics in Part 2!


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