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Statesboro is about one hour inland from Savannah, and 3 1/2 hours Southeast of Atlanta.
Founded in 1803, Statesboro was developed for large cotton plantations which were worked by slave labor. But now it is known primarily for Georgia Southern University, which has many accreditations to its name.
My mother-in-law is a professor at GSU. The university has a beautiful campus with many new modern buildings. But of course I was drawn to the landscape and historic elements most of all..
I especially loved seeing some of the residential areas with their grand Southern homes. If walls could talk..
We toured the downtown area of Statesboro and had dinner at a lovely restaurant, South & Vine Public House. It’s not a place you would typically think of in a small Southern town; very hip and trendy with awesome food. They even make their own ketchup! Their website doesn’t appear to be working but you can find them on Facebook for more info.
Unfortunately while we were dining, someone backed into our car in the parking lot. That’s what you get for parking next to a fraternity I guess! No fault of the restaurant of course. At least the person who hit us was nice enough to leave a note on our windshield. While reading said note, a “kindly gentleman” asked us if he could have some money for “diapers.” Diapers probably code for a few malt liquors. We politely declined. My husband had the pleasure of visiting the Statesboro Police Department later that night to file a report about the car. What a night!
Before leaving Statesboro the next morning, we had to stop at the Sugar Magnolia Bakery for some yummy lemon bars, cookies and homemade granola to round out our weekend and stock up for our ride home.
Our Southern road trips are always an adventure, and always full of new discoveries!