Tuesday, we had a great day to drive the 3.5 hours from Atlanta to Americus. The skies were a beautiful blue and the sun was shining. It doesn't get much better than this! About 1.5 hours down I 75 we stopped at a Flying J and fueled up - both the truck and us! :) It wasn't Cracker Barrel, but it filled the void as Randy would say.
We got to Brickyard Plantation RV Park a little after 2pm. It was a good thing I happened to be looking out the window, because all of a sudden I saw the sign for the park! The GPS said that we had another 7 miles to go! Just another reminder that the GPS is not perfect, by a long shot! Anyway, we pulled in, were met by the park host and shown to our site.
This park is family owned and has been since the Civil War. They can trace back ownership to seven generations. Isn't that cool? Originally, it was farmed with crops of peanuts, cotton and wheat. The park and golf courses consist of 800 acres; the original farm was 7000 acres. The farm had its own cotton gin, commissary, blacksmith, cane mill and housing for its labor force. The bricks used to build the houses were made on the farm. Hence, the name of the park and golf course. The pro shop for the golf course is located in a mule barn from the original farm. It was relocated to its current place and remodeled to house the shop. snack bar and office.
The golf course is on one side of US 280 with the RV park on the other side. If you stay at the park for a month, the green fees are free! Overnighters pay just $5 in green fees. Pretty good deal.
We love this park!! And there's really no big reason to - it's nothing fancy at all! There are few amenities; just a bath house, laundry room and a catch & release fishing pond. Many folks wouldn't think this was a great park, but we love it. The sites are all pull-throughs (those RVers out there will understand why that is so great) and level. There are virtually no trees which is great for satellite reception and keeping the top of the RV clean. And lastly, but certainly a huge deal, it's cheap! The Passport America discount is $15/night, unlimited. You get full hook-up and 50 amps for that price. Unbelievable!! Plus, the monthly rate is just $350 and also includes electric.
This is a park we will mark for return. There are a few historic things to do in this area; Andersonville Civil War Historic Site and Jimmy Carter's home in Plains, just to name two. We plan to visit Andersonville on Wednesday. But, we'll also come back here when we have no place specific to go and just want a nice, quiet place to settle for a few weeks.