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Effingham Winter 2016


A Tale of

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i there, Effingham! My name is Brittani Howell, and I’m coming on board as the new editor of Effingham Living Magazine. Casey Stoddard has moved into a swanky new position in the art department at Georgia Southern University. She has left some pretty big shoes to fill here at the magazine, and while I’m nervous about taking up her mantle, I’m excited by the many opportunities my new job offers. Without a doubt, I’m most excited to get to know my new community here in Effingham County. This first issue has been quite a learning experience for me: How to be in charge of an editorial team; how to structure my workday to make life for my teammates as easy as possible; how to land on my feet when a story is needed at the eleventh hour and our first idea falls through. Balancing new deadlines with the holiday rush has been quite the undertaking. But it has also been thrilling, allowing me to indulge my curiosity about several great parts of the Effingham community. For instance: I had seen Coastal Pet Rescue pop up on Facebook, but I had never heard of Camp Pawsawhile. The temporary shelter provides a great transition point for animals between foster homes or adoptive families, and it’s clear that Coastal Pet Rescue founder and director Lisa Scarbrough cares deeply about every animal that comes through her camp. I’m delighted to share her story and highlight her good work in this issue. I had heard that this county has a high volume of antique stores and recreational antique-seekers, but I didn’t really understand the pastime until I started doing interviews for the introduction to our Antique Crawl. I was able to ask a few of those modern-day treasure hunters what makes their quirky hobby so much fun. After hearing from them, you might just be inspired to try your hand at antiquehunting too. Last but not least, we took a tour of Woodlawn Plantation—a gorgeous farmhouse built in the 1800s and revived as a wedding venue. Readers named Woodlawn Plantation the “Most Fabulous Place to Get Married in Effingham” in our Summer 2015 edition’s Most Fabulous competition, but more than just a place to get married, though, Woodlawn has a rich past with plenty of stories, and its wedding business helps to sustain the house and its historic heritage. Needless to say, this issue has been a lot of fun to put together. We hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we did writing them. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for the spring! All the best,


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ucked away among the trees, even as a steady stream of traffic hurries by unaware, dogs and cats are ready to go to new homes, waiting

for new owners. Those animals are ensconced at Camp

Pawsawhile, the Coastal Pet Rescue’s temporary shelter for pets taken from the animal shelter and waiting on new adoptive families. And Camp Pawsawhile has been a busy haven for pets in transition. “Having Pawsawhile has made that much of a difference,” said Lisa Scarbrough, the founder and director of Coastal Pet Rescue. “Having that place where they can go for two or three days before a foster home can take them really does make the difference between life or death

for that animal.” Coastal Pet Rescue celebrated rescuing more than 500 pets in 2015 when the group brought in seven felines and two dogs in mid-December. So far this year, more than 100 animals have had a stay at Pawsawhile, “for a few hours to a couple of nights,” Scarbrough said. “It’s become our staging area that we can bring something in from animal control and we can work it into foster care. Or we get a quick adoption, and they go straight from camp to adoption.”

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Fostering attention Scarbrough, a Guyton resident, was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40.” By day, she’s the vice president of social media and community relations at Moon River Studios, and she’s earning a graduate degree from Kent State University. But she’s also a mom, and she founded Coastal Pet Rescue in 2003. “Back then, we didn’t really have great shelters for animals in our area,” she said. “A lot has changed since then. But I’ve always had a dream of having my own shelter and running it the way I felt it should be run.” She ran the CPR Ranch, with seven kennels on her land, for about two years. “After having the rescue explode the last two years the way that it did with just the foster homes, the idea came back that we really do need to have a shelter,” Scarbrough said. “With the number of animals we’re taking in, we were still turning so many away. Every day, that’s a hard thing to say: ‘Sorry, I can’t help you because I don’t have the room.’ ” Scarbrough is a proponent of pet fostering, adding it allows people to cuddle up at night with a pet that they otherwise might not be able to afford. “It’s all of the fun of having a pet without any of the financial responsibility,” she said. “We provide everything — we provide the food, we provide the crate, the supplies. We have trainers we work with if the animal needs extra help. We have a lot of college students and military who foster with us because they can’t keep a pet permanently. It allows them to have that interaction with a pet.”

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Home sweet home Most of the animals brought into Pawsawhile come from animal control facilities in Effingham, Bryan and Chatham counties. On a recent trip to the Effingham County animal shelter, Scarbrough went in with the intention of bringing out two animals. She loaded up seven into her vehicle for the ride out to Camp Pawsawhile. The target is to have three or four empty kennels at a time. At Pawsawhile, the dogs get a full vetting before going into foster homes prior to adoption. “People make travel plans, and when the adoptions stop, we can’t make empty spaces and can’t take in more animals,” she said. “There are days where it is overwhelming.

We were doing adoptions every single day, and we were doing intakes every single day.” She also expects to have more pets brought in after the Christmas holidays. “There are still going to be more animals that need to come in,” she said. “We’re working as diligently as we can, and we’re hoping for a lot more adoptions this month, so we can empty more spaces.” Larger dogs often take longer to get placed in foster care or adopted, Scarbrough noted. On the day she brought seven animals to the camp from the Effingham shelter, she toted in Sage and Lizzie, a Labrador and Great Pyrenees mix. Two kennels over was Schwartz, who had been at Camp Pawsawhile for a couple of months but was headed to a new home, having just been adopted. Cats also tend to stay longer, because they are harder to adopt out, Scarbrough explained. Its recent residents include Poppy, a Siamese between 11–14 years old that had been at the animal shelter for a few months. Angel, a 14-year-old white Persian, is “a diva,” Scarbrough said. “She needs to be brushed twice a day.” Holly was antisocial when brought to the cattery, but she is being put into situations with more social cats. Portia got her name because Scarbrough found the cat on the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce office porch. Not every animal brought into Camp Pawsawhile comes from a shelter. One cat was brought in because the owner passed away. Some of them are picked up by humane enforcement from Effingham, Bryan and Chatham counties. Through her work with Coastal Pet Rescue, Scarbrough has been chosen for the 2016 International Scholar Program delegation on business and entrepreneurship, to be held in Australia in May. In addition to the eight days for the ISLP program, Scarbrough also will visit with Maggie’s Rescue in Sydney, Australia, taking part in its pet rescue activities and bringing back some ideas to Coastal Georgia. Turning it into Camp Pawsawhile Before it was turned into Camp Pawsawhile, the ground was home to hunters’ dogs in kennels leased by an animal hospital. “These aren’t fantastic kennels,” Scarbrough said. “The idea was they could lease them to us and we could fix them up

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and the property that went with it. And it worked out pretty well.” It took about a year to get everything cleaned up, Scarbrough added. There is a lake on the property, and the dogs can be walked down there, “which is a lot nicer than if they were in a concrete run at animal control,” she said. “We replaced next to everything, it felt like,” she said. “The standards we had for our animals were different than what the hunters had.” Before they got to work on rebuilding and building, volunteers took 33 loads of trash to the dump. 12 • Effingham Living

“That’s all we did the first five months we were out here,” Scarbrough said. But plenty of what was there was turned back into something useful. Kennels were repurposed into dog runs. A shed became a cattery, home to felines. Scarbrough was far from alone in getting the work to turn the kennels into a place the pets could call home. Coastal Pet Rescue and Camp Pawsawhile turn their wheels on a host of volunteers. “We get a lot of college groups to come in, we have some retirees,” Scarbrough said. “Three or four times a day, we have groups taking care of the animals.”

There are up to four shifts of volunteers a day at Camp Pawsawhile, who are matched up with duties that fit their skills and interests. An Eagle Scout candidate will be doing his project at the camp, and Scarbrough is hoping to get Scouts, both boys and girls, out there. Coastal Pet Rescue also needs volunteers for help at weekend events, Scarbrough added. In 2014, Coastal Pet Rescue brought in 268 animals. The year before that, it was 101. In early December 2015, that number hit 487 for the year, before reaching the 500 mark midway through the month.

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Effingham treasure hunt


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he phrase “m o d e r n - d a y treasure hunt” may call up mental images of tramping through jungles, exploring underwater shipwrecks or sweeping beaches with a metal detector. But some folks are able to get the same thrill of the search right here in Effingham County — no passport or scuba tank required. They are Effingham’s antique dealers: The ones who comb garage sales, antique and consignment stores, estate sales and local websites in search of the rare and the unique, which they sometimes sell through Effingham County’s many antique stores — including a few on our “Antique Crawl” map on the following pages. For some, dealing antiques is a full-blown business endeavor; for some, it’s a part-time hobby. And while it may not be an epic adventure in the style of Indiana Jones, the dealers will be the first to tell you that it’s a lot of fun. “The whole thing about one person’s trash being another person’s treasure is probably more true today than it ever has been,” said Frank Huff, who refers to himself as more of a “junker” than an “antiquer.” He enjoys combing sales for the quirky and unusual — anything “a little bit different,” as he says. He is particularly drawn to old toys that he or his contemporaries may have played with as children. Not long ago, he said, he found a BB gun much like one he’d owned when he was 4 years old. “It’s as much a nostalgia thing for me as anything else,” Huff said.

Jim and Ruth Mathis picked up antiquing as a retirement hobby, and it has burgeoned into a side business. Mathis, who retired from a career in law enforcement and has degrees in criminal justice and history, particularly enjoys the research he puts into his hunting. In researching antique furniture, he will track down the pieces’ makers and designers — many of whom were also architects. The more you research, he said, the more you develop an instinct for recognizing a valuable piece. Mathis recently purchased an antique rosewood desk for about $200, which he later discovered was actually worth about $3,000. “With my resources, I found out who made it and who the designer was,” Mathis said. “And that — if you’re collecting furniture, anyway; it’s not only the maker, but who designed it — that’s where the money is.” For those just starting out in the antiquing business, or who are looking to dabble as a hobby, part-time dealer Kelly Zeigler says to start small. She revived her late father’s antique business a few years ago and has enjoyed it ever since, but she learned that it was best to see if the hobby is for you before making a big financial commitment. “My dad’s philosophy was, ‘You don’t make your profit when you sell. You make your profit when you buy,’ ” Zeigler said. “The cheaper you buy, the better your profit is going to be, which is truly, truly the key to this.” Additionally, Huff said, it helps to define your interests. Choose something, like books or art, that you already know you love or want to learn more about. Spend time researching the items and get an idea of what to look for. And most importantly, have fun. It is a treasure hunt, after all. Winter 2016 • 15




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he sign outside the buttercream farmhouse reads “Woodlawn Plantation, est. 1840” in curvy script on green wood. In winter, the Japanese maple trees and bare grapevines delicately frame and flank the house, even as the evergreen and ivy show off deep green tones. Behind the house, a field of cotton resembles a patchy blanket of snow. It is as close to a winter wonderland as one can get in South Georgia. In spring, blooming flowers will bring the garden a riot of color. Woodlawn Plantation, in Guyton, is a wellknown wedding venue, distinctive with its historic farmhouse and whimsical garden and towering live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. People go there to begin the stories of their lives together, but many of the celebrants may not be aware of the venue’s own rich past — or of how their romantic ceremonies allow Woodlawn Plantation’s caretaker, Alan Watson, to maintain the house through his own labor of love. Humble beginnings According to the Woodlawn Plantation website, the home was originally built in 1840 as a one-story farmhouse. Constructed of cedar and cypress, the house had a charming exterior but a humble interior: no fancy moldings or ornate detail work; just a simple, functional farmhouse. In 1862, by order of Confederate Secretary of War J.P. Benjamin, the house and its surrounding land became the site of Camp Davis, one of three “Camps of Instruction” for Confederate soldiers. According to a 2012 article in the Effingham Herald, “These camps were for induction, training, medical clearance and issue of supplies for soldiers.” Camp Davis produced five regiments — the 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st and 54th Georgia Voluntary Infantry Regiments — and the 11th Georgia Infantry Battalion, a cumulative total of 4,125 men. The camp was used only once, but the Historic Effingham Society erected a marker on the property to commemorate the camp’s three-month lifespan. The house was renovated in 1890, when a second floor, a tri-chimney fireplace and an attached kitchen were added to create a home with plain-style, Queen Anne architecture. The house changed hands several times, belonging first to the Cubbages, who owned several plantations up and down the Central Georgia Railroad. The Ratchford family bought it from the Grovensteins, who were descendants of the Cubbages. Current owner Warren Ratchford, an attorney with the Ratchford Law Firm, has fond childhood memories 22 • Effingham Living

of the Woodlawn Plantation house and the Pevey family, sharecroppers from Guyton, who lived there. While his father worked the adjacent fields, Ratchford would stay in the Woodlawn house under the watchful eye of Miss Lottie Pevey. The house was eventually abandoned and lay unused for about 20 years until Ratchford took it in hand and began its most extensive round of renovations yet. “I’d always wanted to do it,” Ratchford said. “I had a lot of memories from being there as a young child, so when I came back to the county to practice law, that’s where I wanted to be.” He wanted to renovate the house into a livable home with modern amenities; his mother, Mary Ratchford, a local florist, joined the effort with the goal of turning it into a wedding business. They incorporated modern electricity, heating and cooling systems and running water, all without compromising the integrity or the original character of the house’s interior. The land, about 600 acres, remained a functional plantation, where livestock was raised for the Ratchfords’ local sausage business. Ratchford lived in the home for about 20 years. Then, in the early 2000s, he rented the house to Alan Watson. The garden architect Alan Watson had only attended one wedding — his sister’s — before setting up shop at Woodlawn. For the past 14 years, he had worked in electronics for Sony. But when the opportunity to rent Woodlawn Plantation came up, he quit his job and took on Woodlawn’s wedding business for one main reason: the garden. When Watson arrived, there was not much of a garden to speak of: just a few shrubs and flowers hugging the side of the house, framed by empty pasture. Now, after more than a decade of Watson’s care and attention, the house is surrounded by blooming trees and bushes. Ivy crawls over the flower beds and winds its way up trellises and trees. Greenery spills onto the red brick walkway that meandering whimsically around the house. Everywhere you look, there is some odd or end poking out of the foliage: statues half buried in ivy, bottles and baubles catching the light, bird houses and bird cages suspended in the trees, wagon wheels, window shutters and at least one typewriter. This is no tame, sculpted botanical garden, and this state of semi-wildness is exactly what Watson is going for. “I want my plants to do what they want to do,” he said. Rather than drawing visitors’ eyes to individual plants, Watson’s design creates an intricate picture. “I want you to look at all of it — the textures, the colors.” While he had never seriously worked in landscaping

before moving to Woodlawn, Watson’s green thumb runs in his family. Both his parents and his maternal grandfather are active gardeners. To Watson, three hours spent digging and working in the garden is like “taking a whole bottle of feel-good medicine,” and being able to do it as part of his livelihood is a great benefit of the job. And it’s not the only perk. As someone

whose living is earned mostly during weekend events, Watson has immense freedom over his own work schedule. “I’ve learned that I punch my own clock. I don’t punch somebody else’s clock,” Watson said. “I have a passion for plants; every day, I’m gardening. And I realized that weekends are better on Monday and Tuesday than Friday and Saturday. I can get through any

line and get out of any parking lot I want to on Monday and Tuesday.” If the hours and the garden access hadn’t sold it, there was always the plantation home itself. While the lower floor is open for public use, the upper floor is Watson’s private residence. “I feel privileged to get to live in something like that,” he said. “The 1840s Winter 2016 • 23

— I mean, you don’t find many of (these houses) around. And I love to show it off to people, let the younger generation see, ‘Hey, this is how people lived in the 1840s. This is what it was.’ ”

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A self-sustaining preservation project But while living in a historic home certainly has its novelty, Watson said, a resident can definitely feel its age. Despite its modern amenities of electricity, a full kitchen and a luxurious bathroom with a hot tub in the brides’ preparation room, preserving much of the original structure has left the house vulnerable to many of the pitfalls old buildings face, particularly heating and cooling costs and dozens of other little maintenance concerns. “You literally funnel money into it every week, every month. There’s always something,” Watson said. “So it had to make money to keep it up, and that was the main reason for turning it into an event space.” Savannah has become a huge hub for destination weddings, drawing in hundreds of couples annually. According to The Wedding Report, about 2,600 weddings took place in the Savannah metropolitan area in 2014, a volume that places the jewel of the Coastal Empire 95th out of the report’s 977 monitored metropolitan


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areas. On average, each event rang in at approximately $25,906. “That’s a lot of weddings,” Watson said. “Can you imagine the money coming through here, just on marriage?” Despite how lucrative the wedding business can be, though, the Woodlawn Plantation operation is a small one. “It’s not a moneymaker, by any means,” Ratchford said. “It pays (Watson’s) salary and pays for the oversight and then the upkeep.” Whenever the business does turn a bit of a profit, Watson said, he usually ends up putting the money right back into the care for the house. Instead of a full-blown enterprise, the wedding business at Woodlawn Plantation serves as more of a self-sustaining historic preservation effort. In addition to maintaining the farmhouse and the grounds that used to be Camp Davis, the plantation also has adopted other pieces of Effingham history. The wedding venue’s large enclosed gazebo, where brides like to have their buffet or reception areas, is topped by the roof of the old Morgan Schoolhouse, which used to

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be located in downtown Guyton. Watson had the roof delivered to the plantation as the schoolhouse was being torn down, and though it is aged and weathered, it has remained sturdy and solid, providing another layer of local history to the already rich plantation. The only part of the plantation that really shows its age is the old barn. The structure fell into disuse after the Ratchford family sold most of their livestock a few years ago. But even the barn’s dilapidated appearance lends itself to the plantation’s picturesque charm. “That’s what girls want for their pictures,” 26 • Effingham Living

Watson said, waving a hand toward the sagging and weather-worn structure. “They love it.” In addition to weddings and wedding receptions, Watson books other events at the plantation, such as Christmas parties, photo sessions, showers and business events. Weddings, however, are by far the most popular. Thanks to the comparative warmth of Southern winters, the outdoor venue gets decent traffic even during the colder months. Aesthetically, Watson said, some brides like the look of guests coming in coats and furs, and they enjoy the backdrop of bare branches after the leaves have fallen.

He recently booked a Christmas-themed wedding for December. But for the rest of the winter, however, he’ll be busy in the garden, preparing the plants for the spring wedding rush, coaxing the flowers into bloom during the week and overseeing weddings on the weekends — which is exactly the way he likes it.

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Effingham County Commission Chairman — Wendall Kessler Elected through 2016 District 1 — Forrest Floyd Elected through 2016 District 2 — Vera Jones Elected through 2018 District 3 — Jamie Deloach Elected through 2018 District 4 — Reggie Loper Elected through 2016 District 5 — Phil Kieffer Elected through 2018 County Clerk Stephanie Johnson 610 North Laurel Street Springfield, GA 31329 Phone: 754-2123 Fax: 754-4157 County Administration County Administrator Toss Allen State Lawmakers Gov. Nathan Deal Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 203, State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-1776 Web site: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Office of the Lieutenant Governor Administrative Staff 240 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5030 Fax: (404) 656-6739 Web site: State Web site: Effingham’s General Assembly Delegation State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) Capitol Office State Capitol Building Room 234 Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5038 Fax: (404) 657-7094 Email: District Office P.O. Box 486 Reidsville, GA 30453 Phone: (912) 557-3811 Fax: (912) 557-3522 Committees: Appropriations (Chairman); Finance (Ex-Officio); Natural Resources and the Environment; Regulated Industries and Utilities; Rules

State Rep. Jon Burns (R-Newington) Capitol Office State Capitol Building Room 338 Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5052 Email: District Office 5829 Clyo-Kildare Road Newington, GA 30446 Committees: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Appropriations; Economic Development and Tourism; Game, Fish and Parks (Chairman); Rules; State Properties; Transportation State Rep. Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) Capitol Office 501-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-0178 Email: District Office 2440 Rincon-Stillwell Road Phone: (912) 663-8941 Committees: Appropriations; Defense and Veterans Affairs; Public Safety and Homeland Security Federal Lawmakers U.S. Rep. Rick W. Allen (R-Augusta) Capitol Office 513 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2823 Fax: (202) 225-3377 Website: District Office 50 E. Main Street Statesboro, GA 30458 Phone: (912) 243-9452 Fax: (912) 243-9453 Committees: House Committee on Agriculture; House Education and Workforce Committee Subcommittees: General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; Conservation and Forestry; Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions; Higher Education and Workforce Training U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) Capitol Office 6602 Abercorn St., Suite 105B Savannah GA 31405 Phone: (202) 225-5831 Fax: (202) 226-2269 Website: District Office 1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 7 Savannah, GA 31406 Phone: (912) 352-0101 Fax: (912) 352-0105 Committees: Education and the Workforce Committee; Homeland Security

and Oversight; Government Reform Subcommittees: Subcommittee on Transportation Security; Oversight and Management Efficiency; Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions; Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education; Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Works; Government Operations U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Warner Robins) Capitol Office 383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 228-10311 Website: Regional Office 191 Peachtree St. NE Suite 3250 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 865-0087 Fax: (404) 865-0311 Committees: Agriculture Committee; Budget Committee; Foreign Relations Committee; Judiciary Committee; Special Committee on Aging Subcommittees: Foreign Relations (Chairman); State Department and US AID Management; Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) Capitol Office 131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724 Website: Regional Office 1 Overton Park 3625 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 970 Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: (770) 661-0999 Fax: (770) 661-0768 Committees: Finance; Health, Educa tion, Labor and Pensions; Veterans’ Af fairs; Select Committee on Ethics; Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittees: International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness; Taxation and IRS Oversight; Social Secuity,

Pensions and Family Policy; East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy; Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues; Africa and Global Health Policy; State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development; Employment and Workplace Safety (Chairman)

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