I recently completed a trip through northwest Georgia, visiting Rockmart, Euharlee, Rome, Summerville, Lafayette, Chickamauga, Rossville, and Ringold. The Georgia Tourism Division refers to this region as Georgia’s Historic High Country. Here are a few of the interesting people I met along the way.
Ann James was walking along Highway 113 near Rockmart. I asked what county we were in and she replied, “Polk County, where the people are friendly. That’s what the sign says.” She was headed to the store at the top of the hill. She has lost 100 pounds by walking.
Justin and his family live on Montgomery Street in Summerville. The young fellow has four bicycles and is proud to show them off.
Etta and Jakiyah
I found Etta Thompson and her granddaughter Jakiyah Smith picking poke salad. Etta boils the greens, then squeezes them dry before frying in oil with onion and eggs. Pokeweed, also known as poke sallet, grows wild across northwest Georgia and much of the United States.
When I told Ginger Lou that she matched this car, she accepted my observation as a high compliment. Ginger, of Newnan, Ga., was attending Finster Fest, an annual tribute to the famous northwest Georgia folk artist Howard Finster.