This home was built by Gilliard Roberts, an early African-American entrepreneur who had businesses in Savannah and Claxton. It was later owned by Walter & Mattie Scott, Julius Caesar Banks, and served as a boarding house and apartment house for teachers.
Built for a Mr. Carr in 1892, this Queen Anne house was purchased by the Collins family in 1894. As each of the Collins children grew up, they were given a lot on the block. The neighborhood was known as “Collins Row” and was ruled by Maggie Collins, who was lovingly known as “Big Chief”.
Source: Evans County Centennial Commission, Driving Tour of Historic Homes & Landmarks, Claxton, 2014.
Hot boiled peanuts really are a sort of Southern caviar. If you don’t understand, you probably never will. But as any Southerner will tell you, we love ’em down here! Georgia leads the nation in peanut production, so there are plenty to go around. Roadside vendors like this one are a link to the past and no small town in South Georgia is worth its salt if it doesn’t have at least one. Amanda Jones Little says this seller “has the best in town” and nice produce, as well.
The Canoochee, which originates in Emanuel County, is the largest tributary of the Ogeechee, which it joins near Savannah. It flows southeastward along the boundaries of Candler and Evans counties, then passes through Fort Stewart before joining the Ogeechee in Bryan County. It has the dubious distinction of having the largest water snakes in Georgia. It can be accessed at Rocks River Park, just north of Claxton on U.S. 301.