Thanks to Google and the interwebs, I was able to prepare for the trip and see where I was going. Cordele is not a booming metropolis and there ain't much shakin' in that part of the world as you can imagine.
When I turned the last corner out of the desolate town, I began to drive by cotton fields and thousands of pecan trees. Interestingly enough, it takes six to seven years for a pecan tree to actually produce pecans. After seeing a few of the homes outside of town, I decided that pecans must have built Cordele, Georgia.
House #1: What's not to love about this gorgeous house? The double portico, the old southern architecture and style, the garage that looks to be renovated horse stables... I wanted to go up on the porch and sit a spell in the swing with some sweet tea in my favorite Tervis Tumbler. As you can imagine, this would be frowned upon as I don't know the homeowners. I digress.
Here's a side view of the yard. I counted at least 500 pecan trees on one side of the house. The other side of the road and the back yard (probably five acres) was also full of pecan trees.
House #2: I fell in love a second time on this stretch of road. This house intrigues me because it's a mix of Greek Revival, Colonial and Georgian but it works together. I love how a gazebo is built on both ends of the porch that stretches the length of the house. The widows walk on top of the house is also intriguing. Usually, you only see a widows walk on homes that are near the coast. Want to know more about the origins and meaning of a widows walk? Click here.
Luckily, we can see the inside of this home because it's currently on the market. Click here for the listing on Zillow.com.
Again, this home is surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of pecan trees. Here is a wide shot of the drive and some of the property leading up to the home.
House #3: This house is located right next door to house #2 and makes for quite a lovely neighborhood. This house is also a mixture of styles but it meshes beautifully. This home is surrounded by hundreds of pecan trees and is the definition of southern elegance.
The location for the conference, Lake Blackshear is absolutely beautiful. Lake Blackshear is actually a resort and part of the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites System. A few other personal favorites in Georgia State Parks include Skidaway Island as well as Sapelo Island and Reynolds Mansion.
Here are a few snapshots of the property at Lake Blackshear. The location is off the beaten path but well worth the hour and a half drive from McDonough, Georgia.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour of Cordele, Georgia. Have you ever traveled to Cordele? I would love to hear about your experience!