When we arrived, we found the quaint little one street town called Juliette. It is located 8 miles east of Forsyth, GA. If you cross the RR tracks, you just missed the town as it was a street just before the tracks on the right. As I remember, the cafe had already closed for the day, but we walked around and took pictures of the town.
I painted a set of 4 paintings from the town, one of them being the Whistle Stop Depot. They had purchased the depot for one dollar, as it had been sitting in a field for many years. It now sits on the main street of town because of regulations as to sitting along side the tracks. Look for future posts of the other 3 paintings from the town of Juliette. (That is the town of Whistle Stop.)
Fried Green Tomatoes, The Movie
If you recall in the movie where Buddy was killed by the train, the house where they were having their festivities, was actually a bed and breakfast Inn, that is located in Senoia, Georgia. It is a historic home that sat across the street from a railroad track which was perfect for the story line. The paved street was covered with dirt for the movie to fit the time period.
This was the third picture of the set of 4 in my Fried Green Tomatoes set. I even had to recreate the tree house in the front yard. We had a lot of fun researching the movie, as we chased rumors about the places used in the movie. Senoia was convenient for shooting, as the movie studio was also located in Senoia, Georgia.
Located west of Marietta, Georgia there is a mountain that is called “Lost Mountain”, because you can see it in the distance, but when you get there, it’s gone. There is an old general store that has been there since about 1900. I have heard all kinds of tails about the store and its owner, but like many stories from the past, I am not sure how many are true, or how many were made up.
Some of those stories include, that he claimed to have fresh vegetables, which he grew in his own fields, but actually the truck came in late at night with deliveries, so nobody could see. Another story was told about photographers were run off by the owner with a shotgun, or he wanted to charge them for taking photos of his store. I was able to photograph the store without incident.
The painting that I did of the store, was quite popular in the area, as was other paintings from artists who lived nearby. When they widened the road, the store was too close to the road, so after some debate of tearing down the building, they moved it away from the road. The store now sits at the edge of a shopping center for all to see.