Barnard, George N. "Atlanta, Ga. Gen. William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7." 1864. Selected Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress, 1861-1865.

Barnard, George N. “Atlanta, Ga. Gen. William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7.” 1864. Selected Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress, 1861-1865.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s first foray into Georgia. And this week Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, is premiering the first of a weekly series that will bring to life Sherman’s devastating march.

A collection of free museums in Georgia. List compiled by Long Live Learning. See the original post here.

National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia.

National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia

Marietta Fire Museum, Profession
Anne Frank in the World, Biographical
Atlanta Monetary Museum, Banking & Financial
Georgia Capitol Museum & Tours, Government & History
Museum of History & Holocaust Education, History WWII
David J Sencer Center For Disease Control Museum, Health & Medical
Museum of Aviation, Aviation
Fernbank Science Center, Science
Elberton Granite Museum, Topical
Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum, Railroad Transportation
The Columbus Museum,
National Infantry Museum, Military
Robert C Williams Paper Museum, Topical
Antique Funeral Museum, Topical
DeKalb History Museum, Local History
Roswell Fire Museum, Profession
Smyrna History Museum, Local History
Martin Luther King JR Nat’l Historic Site, Biographical & Historical
Heritage Park Veterans Museum, Military
Georgia College Natural History Museum, Natural History
Cotton Museum, Topical
Jekyll Island Museum, Local History
Jimmy Carter Nat’l Historic Site, Biographical
Kingston Women History Museum, Local History
Lowndes County Historical Society Museum, Local History
Museum of Colquitt county, Local History
Thornateeska Heritage Center and Wetherbee Planetarium, Local History & Science
Thunderbolt Museum Society, Local History
Vidalia Onion Museum, Topical
Chik Fil A Headquarters Tour and Museum, Profession/Commercial
Andersonville Nat’l Historic Site & POW Museum, Military
Rome Area History Museum, Local History
Cherokee County Historical Society, Local History
White County Courthouse History Museum, Local History
Macon County Historical Museum, Local History
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Science & Nature

Free on Select Days or under Select Conditions, Links to Admissions Info Provided

  • Tellus Science Museum: Admissions Info, Science
  • Atlanta History Center: Special Offers Bank of America Weekends, General & Local History
  • Booth Western Art Museum: Currently Thurs Free Admissions Info, Art
  • Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Free Second Tues of Month Target Tues Info, Children/Hands on
  • Center for Puppetry Arts: Free Admission on Thursdays 1-3pm OR Fulton County Residents First Saturdays Info, Arts
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: Free Thursdays Admission Info, Art
  • High Museum of Art: Free Admission for Fulton County Residents Only: 10am – 1pm First Sat of Month Info, Art
  • The Bartow History Center: Free Admission Last Saturday of Month Admission Info, Local History
  • Georgia Children’s Museum: ree First Friday 5:30pm-7pm Macon Residents: free tuesday and second saturday More info
  • Michael C Carlos Museum: Free Admission on Select Dates and Programs Admission Info, General History & Art
  • Albany Museum of Art: Free Admission on Select Dates Admission Info, Art
  • Georgia Southern Museum: Free Admission Last Saturday of Month Admission Info, Science & Nature

For those of you who do not know me personally, I’ve been through quite a lot during the first quarter of 2014.

I just erased a long and detailed account of the personal tragedies that have befallen me and my little family since the beginning of the year but I realized that it’s all just a little too fresh  and too personal to share on the blog just yet. Suffice it to say that we’ve had a crash course in the unpredictability of life. Within 6 weeks death had claimed: our dog, my boyfriends’ mother and my father – all unexpectedly. Toss in an unexpected trip to a third world country and being exposed leprosy, AIDS and tuberculosis and you’ve got a pretty decent picture of how things have been going so far this year.

I have neglected this blog, my photography business and a lot of other things that seemed superfluous considering all of the other stuff that was going on. I apologize for that! Things are getting back to normal and I’m realizing more and more every day that life is pretty wonderful. Right now I am compiling information for new Georgia Goods articles and the blog will be back in full swing in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for sticking around. I really do appreciate it.

Last week I posted a few photos of the Mockingjay movie set at Pullman Yard. Truth be told, I almost didn’t post them because I had waited so long. I shot the photos from my rooftop back in October when the Mockingjay crew moved in for a couple of weeks. I figured that *maybe* a few people would think the photos were cool but I certainly didn’t expect the blog post and photos to get picked up by some of the biggest Hunger Games fansites in the world! I was astonished when I realized  HG Girl On Fire had reposted the photos.  A good friend pointed out that HGGOF had actually picked up the photos from another site, and that was via still another site.

I just wanted to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the fansites that shared my photos. I’ve had so much fun finding my work all over the web.  The photos have even been shared on Hungarian and Spanish language sites.  It’s been pretty cool to go viral :) Not only is it cool, but I’m happy that my photos have spread a little joy around the Hunger Games fan community.

A huge, heartfelt thanks goes out to the following sites:

HG Girl on Fire
Real or Not Real News
Hunger Games Mockingjay
Down With The Capital
Panem Propaganda
 the 258 people who’ve taken the time to reblog the post on tumblr

I have word that the photos and blog post will be shared on Midtown Patch & East Atlanta Patch too!


Stay tuned, because, as always, I will keep my eyes open to bring you even more good stuff from Georgia!


xo, Karen

Since early autumn, there has been a lot of buzz about set locations for Mockingjay popping up in various parts of Atlanta. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, Mockingjay is the third movie in the Hunger Games series, based on books of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

For a few days this past October, the Hunger Games team turned Pullman Yard (which just happens to be directly across the street from my house) into a post apocalyptic world. I was so excited! I hoped to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence, because I mean, come on, who doesn’t have a crush on Jennifer Lawrence?  At first, I couldn’t see much as it appeared that a lot of the filming was taking place either inside the buildings or on the opposite of Pullman Yard that I wasn’t able to see. Total bummer!

One morning, I went up to the rooftop terrace to have a look – and lo and behold, there was tons of action going on. I could see what looked like actors as well as cameramen and lighting techs.  After a bit of watching, I decided to see if I could get a better view through my zoom lens. Turns out the view was not too shabby! Here are a few shots I was able to grab while they were filming.

Maybe you’re a better star watcher than I am and will be able to pick out who’s who, but sadly, I didn’t see anyone I recognized. Still, it’s pretty cool to watch the at least a small part of the creation of a movie I know I will be seeing in the theater!




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gagood stocking stuffer headlineFinally. The giveaway is up!  I truly meant to launch the Georgia Goods Stock Your Stuffing Giveaway on November 1, but a nasty case of the flu swooped in and proceeded to wreak havoc on all my good intentions. A long last, I’m back to feeling human and I’m ready to present the giveaway to you!

It’s that time again. The whirlwind of the holidays is about to be upon us in force — recipes, shopping & decorating. While you’re busy going about the selfless task of wowing friends and loved ones with the perfect gift, the most delicious holiday dish and creating a tasteful winter wonderland in your home, Georgia Goods wants to do something awesome for YOU. I want to stuff your stocking! That’s right. I’ve rounded up a little selection of lovelies from a few of my favorite Georgia vendors to create a sweet prize just for you!

Several vendors have been kind enough to donate goods to Georgia Goods and you can enter to win the whole shebang below! All you have to do to enter is like each of the featured vendors facebook pages and you’re all set. The giveaway starts November 14 at midnight and runs through December 14 at midnight. The winner will be announced on December 15.

Take a look at the Georgia Goods Stock Your Stuffing prize package:

1 Pair of Luna Litka earrings

1 set of coasters, 2 lovely letterpress cards and a purse sized notepad – all from Red Bird Ink

1 set of lip glosses from Savannah Bee Company

1 Logo T from Gainey Pipes

1 gorgeous Thank You card and envelope from Native Bear

Honey candle and homemade soap

and a few other surprises I’ve cobbled together.

Go on, scroll on down and ENTER TODAY!

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Hello, Lovelies. I haven’t forgotten you or the giveaway. I’ve been down with the flu and haven’t had the energy to do anything productive for a while. The doc says I’m on the mend and should be up and running by next week. However, I have made it a priority to get the giveaway on the blog before Monday. I hope you’re looking forward to it…There are so many goodies!!

In my mind, the manly art of pipe smoking is inextricably tied to memories of my Papa. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who smoked a pipe. It always seemed to me that it was as much about the ritual as it was about smoking. First, he would always pack the tobacco into the bowl just right.  Then, whoosh! The acrid smell of the match would hit your nose just before the sweet, smoky aroma of the apple tobacco.  I was fascinated by my Papa’s pipe. I grew up in the seventies so people were always smoking cigarettes, but this was special.  Just recalling his pipe brings back memories of my Papa and puts a smile on my face.



I met Eric about a decade ago. He’s the kind of person who is impossible to dislike. His smile is infectious and his eyes twinkle when he talks. Yeah, he’s THAT guy. Not long after we met, Eric moved to Nashville and I didn’t see him for a long while. A few years after the move, however,  Eric married my good friend, Shasta, and he’s been in the background of my social media radar ever since. Music had always been the one thing I associated with Eric. I fully expected his career trajectory to carry him into the recording industry but I have to admit, when I discovered he was not only making handcrafted pipes, but abso-freaking-ly-gorgeous pipes, it felt right. Making pipes is creative, detail oriented and of course, manly – All of which sum up Eric’s personality quite well.

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Naturally, I wanted to know how Eric landed on pipe making.  “I started smoking a pipe about 7 or 8 years ago.  Since then I always new I wanted to try to make a pipe.  About a year and a half ago I thought about refurbishing old estate pipes as a hobby.  As I began researching the process of how to do that, I soon decided I would rather just learn how to make a pipe.  I was pretty happy with the outcome of my first attempt, so I posted some pictures online.  I immediately had people asking if the pipe was for sale.  Shortly after that, I finished my third pipe and decided I would try to sell it.  It sold within about 10 minutes of posting pictures of it online.  I then started getting emails from people who wanted to commission me to make them custom pipes.  Before I knew it I had a waiting list several months long to get one of my custom pipes.  For a long time, I would come home from my ‘regular job’ in the afternoon and then work in the shop making pipes late into the night.  It has been almost a year since I started, and I am blessed to say that I am now making a living doing something that I love.”

Eric’s customers come from all walks of life.  Gainey Pipes has been delivering handcrafted goodness to people all over the US and even other countries such as Australia and Singapore.  “The one common thread that all my customers share is that they all enjoy slowing down and enjoying a pipe full of their favorite tobacco.”

Gainey Pipes has enjoyed almost instant success. In addition to obviously gorgeous, hand-crafted pipes, Eric is no stranger to customer service and he has definitely made customer service a priority! Customers get quick replies to inquiries, follow up after the sale to ensure their happiness, and even get progress update emails with PHOTOS as their pipes are carved.  Now, THAT’s service, folks.

I guess a lot of people are fascinated by this seemingly antiquated, manly art. Eric told me that he has so many commission orders coming in that there is a six month wait list right now.  If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these custom-made beauties, you can find out more information on the Gainey Pipes facebook page, or you can contact Eric via email.

If you’re not quite sure you’re ready for your own pipe, or you just want to find out more about the fascinating world of pipes, you can get a few pointers over at the Art of Manliness blog.


156_8772800707_417_nI hail from Thomasville and I’ve seen this house thousands of times. In high school, I even helped set up a halloween haunted house here as part of the Key Club. As I grew older I began to appreciate the obvious beauty of the architecture more and more. Although I had grown up with this gorgeous Victorian era home right around the corner, I was curious to learn more about it.

I found the following on the website:

“The Lapham-Patterson House is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era. Fishscale shingles, oriental-style porch decorations, long-leaf pine inlaid floors, and cantilevered balcony exemplify the quality and skill of its Victorian creators. The Lapham-Patterson House was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975.Built between 1884-85 as a winter cottage for prosperous shoe merchant C.W. Lapham of Chicago, the residence was well-equipped with its own gas lighting system, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing and modern closets. Like many other successful Northerners, Lapham came to the bustling resort town of Thomasville for its mild, pleasing climate and the supposed therapeutic value of the pine-scented air.”

I found even more info on wikipedia:

“Its most significant feature is its completely intentional lack of symmetry. None of the windows, doors, or closets are square. The house is a Georgia Historic Site and is also a National Historic Landmark, which also puts it on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 3-story structure has a mellow-yellow exterior with brick-red roof and chimneys. At the core of the house is an hexagonal-shaped room. There are at least 50 exits; Mr. Lapham had been in the Great Chicago Fire and subsequently became paranoid about being trapped in a burning building.

The house was deliberately constructed slightly askew to take advantage of sunlight entering the third floor during the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. Within is a gentlemen’s parlor with a small stage featuring a stained-glass window in the center. In the fretwork outside the room over the balcony are animal and amorpheous shapes cut into the wood. In the center is a cutout of what is presumably the head of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

During the Spring and Fall Equinoxes the patterns are projected by sunlight onto the floor through the glass. The total effect is that, in the center of the stained glass window’s colorful pattern on the floor, the shadow of the cow’s head can be seen.

Mr. Lapham was a Quaker but may have been deeply involved in the occult. Workers at the house have reported unusual occurrences which some have attributed to paranormal activity.”

The Thomas County Historical Society operates the Lapham-Patterson House.

Easter Holiday Hours:
Open Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and closed Sunday.

Regular Operating Hours:
Open Friday 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.   Last tour at 4 p.m.
Closed on and around major holidays.  Call ahead to confirm hours.

$1 – $5 admission
Group rates and wedding/event space available.



Love at first sight. That’s what I felt when I saw the earrings from Luna Litka.  These earrings are everything I love in jewelry. Big, bold, colorful, feminine, elegant, simple — any of those words can be used to describe these gorgeous floral earrings. The only problem with them is deciding which pair(s) to purchase! I wanted to find out more about the girl behind Luna Litka so I was delighted when Reed Knauth agreed to be featured on the blog.

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Reed Knauth was born to be an artist. She grew up in a very liberal, creative family and began drawing, painting and sculpting at a very young age. She eventually attended  undergrad at University of North Carolina in Asheville and earned degrees in Painting and Graphic Design. From there she pursued a career in Graphic Design.  Now, in addition to her graphic design work, she creates stunning floral drop earrings that appeal to women of all ages. Her customers seem to be ladies who are any combination of classy, sophisticated, artsy and bohemian.

Jewelry making seemed a natural progression of Reed’s creative talents. “My mom has always made and sold beautiful jewelry. In college I started making jewelry with her. I made all my own earrings and picked up the whole concept pretty quickly. Working in a fashion and beauty boutique a couple of years later really opened up my eyes to locally designed goods, and it’s then that I knew I wanted to start creating my own brand.

“I’m also very feminine and crafty, so I think making jewelry was my destiny. Before I really started selling my jewelry, I would wear it myself around town because I loved them so much. Strangers would always stop me in the street or at restaurants to remark about my earrings. It’s a great feeling.”

When asked to describe her Luna Litka line, Reed says,”Very creative, exciting and thriving! People are always very fascinated and surprised when I tell them I have a side job making/selling my own line of jewelry.”  It’s hard to believe that a jewelry artist who creates such lovely work would be so humble but Reed still gets excited when she sees women out wearing her work.

Aside from being fun wardrobe accessories, the earrings, with their elegant, feminine, forms easily lend themselves to bridal fashion. Reed told me, “A lot of women will ask me to help them pick out a pair or style of earrings for their wedding. One bride bought earrings for herself, as well as matching earrings for all of the bridesmaids. It was exciting for me to be part of that.”

Working full-time as a graphic designer cuts into her time to create the Luna Litka lovelies.  Reed tells me, “One obstacle I face is not having enough space and time to expand my line and really dedicate all my creative energy and spirit into it. As a full time graphic designer, I can’t yet, but my dream is to eventually open up my expanded line of jewelry with new collections and custom-made wedding jewelry each year.”

If you’re looking for something to add color to an outfit in a simple and elegant way, check out the Luna Litka shop on Etsy or Scoutmob.  While you’re at it, go leave some love on the Luna Litka facebook page. These earrings make perfect great gifts. I know quite a few of the ladies in my life will be getting Luna Litka earrings for Christmas. Before you head over to her shop, be warned, it’s so hard to choose just one pair, you may end up needing a whole new jewelry box! It’s not often you find something so pretty *and* affordable.