One of the most difficult and rewarding things about moving to a new place is exploring the legends in that area. I’m not talking about sports legends. I’m talking about the best place for iced tea or corn muffins or the haunted house. The insider’s edge on a country town is vital to settling in. My new Georgian friend, Michelle, took me on a tour of Ellerslie and Harris County the other day. What a fine neighbor I have in her! She has made my clone list. (Do you have a clone list? That would be the list of exemplary citizens which you want cloned if human cloning ever becomes legal. I decided it would be wise to nominate candidates.) She took me to many different spots but two of them stood out. To the left is The Farm House. The Farm House serves some truly excellent desserts and is a local legend. My arteries clog just looking at the picture.
The second stop of my tour of Ellerslie was the former home of a family who claimed that their daughter was haunted by a man named Mr. Gordy. The locals apparently tormented this family until they finally packed up and moved away. Their story aired on television as A Haunting in Georgia which Josh and I watched before we ever knew it happened right down the road from us. I remember watching it and feeling so sorry for the family. Of course, I don’t care whether or not the family was actually haunted — honestly that isn’t what struck me as being sad. I hated that a family in crisis couldn’t find support within their community.
I’m curious, what legends are in your town? Is there a haunted house? What insider scoop do you know about that falls into the best kept secret category?