Our Home
301 Rivers Road, Williamson, GA 30292


Introduction

We moved here from Virginia in November 2003 and like to think of this as our little bit of heaven on earth. It's just taking a lot of hard work to achieve the potential of this land. I am showing before and after pictures where available to give you some idea of changes taking place. There is a lot more to be done, but Rome wasn't built in a day either!

I pulled the adjacent satellite picture off the Internet to show you the property arrangement as it is fairly unique. The property within the red lines is ours. This was taken around October 2005 as I can see we were just finishing the roof on the new horse barn.

Satellite image of property

The Driveway Entrance

As you can see, we started by improving the driveway. The steep, narrow, gravel entrance was moved to the center, made a bit wider and PAVED! Not to mention the brush clean up and new fence.

BEFORE
Driveway Driveway Driveway
AFTER
Driveway Driveway Driveway


The Driveway

The main driveway area is 100 feet wide and about 5 acres and over 1/2 mile long to the homestead, so there can be a lot to see along the route. There is a large property with horses pastured to the left and the back of several property lots to the right of the drive.

BEFORE
Driveway
Cresting the entrance
hill, heading for
the homestead.
Driveway
This neighbor believes in
recycling. What better
place to store beer cans
then an old john boat?
Driveway
Continuing on...

Driveway
At the end of the LONG
drive, we have 35 more
acres in back where
the 2 creeks meet.


Crossing the Creeks

At the two creeks, the drive was originally very narrow where it crosses. Shortly after moving here, the rear right axle of a truck slid into the creek and THAT was something we didn't want to happen again...

BEFORE
Driveway
To avoid future accidents, Howard
widened the drive here and lined it
with logs and I started building a
rock wall over the logs.
Driveway
This picture looks back up the long
drive you just came down. Wait till
I get the current pics, you won't
believe the difference.
AFTER
Rock wall
My special project, the rock
safety wall has come a long
way.
Rock wall
Another view, showing work in
progress (rocks over logs).
Driveway
This picture continues up the
drive towards the homestead.
The drive gets steep here.


The Lower Pasture

After crossing the first creek, the lower pasture is to the left...

BEFORE
Lower pasture
There isn't much to be
said here. We tore down
an old fence/gate, but
have yet to clear here.
Lower pasture
After going through the
trees lining the creeks,
the pasture opens up to
the left.
Lower pasture
After going through the
trees lining the creeks,
the pasture also opens up
to the right.
Lower pasture
This is from the rear of
the lower pasture,
looking back.


The Back Pasture

Here we are skipping the homestead and going straight to the rear pasture.

BEFORE
Back pasture
Entering the rear gate.
Back pasture
Looking straight back.
Back pasture
Trails in the woods.
Back pasture
Damm side of pond.
Back pasture
Shallow side to right.
Back pasture
Other side looking back.


The Woods and Graveyard

To the very left of the back pasture there is a wooded area going all the way down to the lower pasture. In the far corner is an OLD graveyard with 7 graves. It is even marked out on the property plot. We asked the surrounding neighbors who is buried there, but no one knows. The slabs are simply rough cut with no identifying markers.

Graveyard
The path to the graveyard.
Graveyard
A couple of sample graves..


The Homestead

And back to the main living area.

BEFORE & AFTER
Back of house
Back of house and rear yard.
Back of house
New paint job, stained deck, back porch and roof.
New parking area
New parking area.
New 3 stall barn
New 3 Stall Horse Barn/Fence
(Now painted.)
Barn yard
Yard in front of barn.


The Balloons

Another interesting and beautiful site from time to time is the hot air balloons. There is a small private airport a couple of miles to the rear of the property. Balloons launch from there on a regular basis on the weekends when the weather is nice. This is just one picture. I'll get more when I can. There has been as many as 5 float over at a time, all with different shapes, colors and patterns.

Hot air balloons
Hot Air Balloons