South of Griffin, US 19 and 41 split. I followed US 41, into the next interesting town, Barnesville.
Just like in Griffin, Barnesville’s downtown was worth a quick leg-stretch. The old neon sign that hangs above the pharmacy was worth a photo…
… along with a rusty door, leading into a mysterious alley.
One of downtown Barnesville’s most impressive features is this highly-detailed mural, which displays scenes from the town’s past. For example, notice the buggy — Barnesville was once known as the Buggy Capital of the South, due to its production of buggies. The town holds “Buggy Days” every September to remember its buggy-building heritage.
A visit by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is also featured on the mural.
The old B. Lloyd’s building is another piece of Barnesville history. Mr. B. Lloyd Woodall opened a pecan store in Barnesville around 1930, and the business quickly spread, with locations on U.S. highways throughout Georgia. I’m guessing this building, by the railroad tracks, was the home office for the chain.
Barnesville’s old train depot, built in 1910, is nearby. Kids will enjoy checking out the old caboose that’s on display.
Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from Griffin, Georgia, through Barnesville and Forsyth, and on to Macon.