General Coffee State Park

Bonjour and Aloha,

Here I am again, Colette LaFleur, Executive Editor of The Hawaiian Princess and The Wonder Puppy.  I am sitting in my tent, diligently working to report on the very last stop of the 2018 Beaches, Bars & Seafood Tour.  We have spent weeks searching for the best beaches, the funkiest bars and the tastiest seafood we could find.  It was a most enjoyable trip and we had the very best time.

Our last stop is at General Coffee State Park near Douglas, Georgia.

“General Coffee State Park is a place for quiet rejuvenation where you can uncover the footprints of the past as you explore the diverse wiregrass region of South Georgia.”

One of southern Georgia’s “best kept secrets,” this park is known for agricultural history shown at Heritage Farm, with log cabins, a corn crib, tobacco barn, cane mill and other exhibits. Children enjoy feeding the park’s farm animals, which usually include goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and donkeys. Overnight accommodations include camping, cottages and the Burnham House, an elegantly decorated 19th-century cabin perfect for romantic getaways.

Seventeen-Mile River and a boardwalk wind through cypress swamp where rare and endangered plants grow. Pitcher plants, shy indigo snakes and gopher tortoises make their homes in this wiregrass community. Birding and nature photography are exceptional.

For horse lovers, the park offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails. Ride-in campsites are primitive, offering exceptional privacy surrounded by nature. Drive-in campsites offer nearby water spigots, pit toilets, grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Stables are not provided.

The park was donated to the state by a group of Coffee County citizens in 1970 and is named after General John Coffee, a planter, U.S. Congressman and military leader.

Interesting to note, there were two General John Coffee’s, and they were cousins.  Here is a brief bio from Wikipedia.

John R. Coffee (June 2, 1772 – July 7, 1833) was an American planter and state militia general in Tennessee. He commanded troops under General Andrew Jackson during the Creek Wars (1813–14) and during the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

John E. Coffee was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1782 to ?? He was a grandson of Peter Coffee, Sr. (1716 – November 1771) and Susannah Mathews (1701–1796). He is sometimes confused by researchers with his first cousin John Coffee, who served as a general in the Tennessee militia.  As a general in the Georgia state militia, Coffee supervised construction in the 1820s of a supply road through the state of Georgia. It was called “Coffee Road” and enabled the transportation of munitions to the Florida Territory to fight the Indians during the Creek Wars. It is now called the “Old Coffee Road”.

The primary reason for stopping in Douglas, GA, is to see our Princess’s step mother and a step brother.  It has been a while and it’s always nice to visit family and catch up on all the news.  Our princess is also interested in the downtown area of Douglas, GA, as it is a mecca for antique and thrift store hunting.

We were on a short schedule and wanted to spend as much time as possible with the family, so we took in just a few of the parks attractions.  There is a restored farm at the park and it was enjoyable to see.

The farm sits on a small lake that lends to the beauty of the farm.

Our Princess in front of the barn.

An old steam engine used to run the farm equipment.

A sugar can boiler.

A goat looking for a handout.

Imagine the meals cooked in the old black cast iron cauldron.

One of the farm buildings that caught our Princess’s attention was the Tobacco Barn.  As a young girl, HRH and her brother, Prince Mark, worked in a tobacco barn.  Our Princess tied the large leaves of tobacco together and Prince Mark hung them from the beams in the tobacco barn to dry.  No privileged and pampered princess here.

We also had time to walk around downtown Douglas, GA. One of the stores our Princess was looking forward to visit was going out of business.  When we spoke with the owner, all she had left were boxes and boxes of books.  We found over twenty books to purchase for our selves and hauled them away.  During the evening, Her Royal Highness informed us she wanted to return to the store and purchase a number of boxes of books to donate to the VA hospital, Assisted Living Centers and also the mini libraries at the parks we visit.  The next day we hauled off over a hundred pounds of books to donate.

While were were walking around Douglas, we found a new restaurant/boutique and stopped for lunch at J & D Designs & Cafe.

We were all in a salad mood, so we enjoyed two of their offerings.  When we were done, we went into the boutique where we found gifts and a lovely sweater for our Princess.

We also enjoyed dinner with the family at Spivey’s Catfish House where we all ate way too much.

We also enjoyed BBQ for lunch and this being brother Jeff’s breakfast joint, we joined him as we were leaving town.

This ends our 2018 BB&S Tour.  It was a marvelous time and, don’t despair, we are already planning our 2019 trips.

Au Revoir and Aloha

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