Monday, October 22, 2018

DayTripping from Americus - Guest Photos - Andersonville, Plains, Habitat, Massee Lane

People always ask us "what is there to do around Americus?"  Thanks to some of our recent guests, I'm going to share some photos of the local attractions that they visited while staying in our beautiful home.

Kimberly and Kirk toured Andersonville, Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Farm, the Jimmy Carter Museum and Campaign Headquarters, Maranatha Baptist Church to hear Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School, and Habitat for Humanity's Global Village.

Claire and Mike hiked Providence Canyon in Lumpkin and strolled the gardens at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley.  Massee Lane Gardens is also home of the largest collection of Edward Marshall Boehm porcelain sculptures in the U.S. 

In Andersonville, there is the Andersonville Civil War Village, the Drummer Boy Museum and the Andersonville National Historic Site.

In Archery, there is the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

In Plains, there is the museum, the old train depot which served as President Carter's campaign headquarters.

And, of course, if President Carter is teaching Sunday School, you can visit Maranatha Baptist Church for a really special experience.

At Habitat for Humanity Global Village and Discover Center, you can visit the world right here in Americus.

The weather is perfect right now for hiking Providence Canyon.

And, although the camellias and sasanquas are just beginning to bloom, the Boehm porcelain collection at Massee Lane Gardens (the home of the American Camellia Society) is well worth the time to see.

A big thank you to Kimberly and Claire for sharing all these photos from their recent adventures in and around Americus.  Now that the rest of you can see how much there is to do here, what are you waiting for?  Give us a call and plan your visit to Americus Garden Inn B&B.  Hope to see you in person, soon.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Mr. Peanut Comes to Americus Garden Inn

Mr. Peanut enjoying breakfast at Americus Garden Inn with Jordyn and Ryan
One of the joys of innkeeping is meeting new and interesting people from all walks of life.  This weekend we had the immense pleasure of hosting Mr. Peanut and his wing nuts aka peanutters.  Everyone has a story and I had no idea that Mr. Peanut’s story would be so fascinating.  Mr. Peanut was conceived 102 years ago by a 13-year-old boy named Antonio Gentile.

Born in 1903 in Philadelphia to Italian immigrant parents, Antonio “Tony” Gentile was one of eight children.  The family moved to Suffolk, Virginia, where his father was a tailor at West Brothers.

In 1916, Tony entered a contest by Planters Peanuts founder Amedeo Obici with a series of drawings of an anthropomorphized peanut with legs, arms and a face.  He won the contest and received $5 for drawing the figure that became Mr. Peanut, the trademark for Planters Nut and Chocolate Company.

Mr. Peanut and Jordyn in the garden at Americus Garden Inn
But, the story of Tony Gentile and Amadeo Obici goes much further than Mr. Peanut.   Amedeo and Louise Obici were unable to have children of their own.  They took a personal interest in all the Gentile children and the Gentile family often visited the Obici’s farm.  
Tony was an Eagle Scout and graduated as valedictorian of Jefferson High School.  The Obicis paid Tony’s college and medical school tuition, and, also paid for four of his siblings to attend college as well.   Tony attended the University of Virginia, earning honors and three degrees: undergraduate, medical, and a master’s in science.

After four years of specialized obstetrical surgical study, his medical career took him to Elizabeth Buxton Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, where he was one of the youngest surgeons admitted as a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

In December 1938, he married Delcy Ann Maney, but their marriage lasted less than a year; for Tony passed away of a heart attack at the age of 36 in November 1939, while on duty at the hospital.

Tony learned the lesson of generosity from Amadeo Obici.  In an editorial tribute memorializing his passing, the Times-Herald of Newport News noted:
"For Dr. Antonio Gentile, skilled physician and surgeon, loved by a paying clientele who admired his ability and his personality, was perhaps held dearer to those who were not a paying clientele, whose money was gratitude only but whom he served as freely, as fully and as willingly as though they had been able to return wealth for service."

And that, as they say, is the rest of the story.

The Planters Nutmobile in front of the Americus Garden Inn
Compiled from numerous online sources including the Smithsonian, Suffolk News Herald, and others.

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog.  Hope to see you in person, soon!


Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 - The Year of the Dragonflies

In the 15 years that we have been living in Americus, Georgia, this year I have seen more dragonflies than ever before.  They are everywhere.  For your enjoyment, I have assembled some of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last few weeks.  Please take a few moments to enjoy the beautiful moments in our garden with the dragonflies.  (If you click the first photo, you can view them as a larger slide show.)

Thank you so much for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast blog.  When you come stay with us, I'd love to give you a personal tour of the garden.  But, for now, I hope you enjoy my photos on this blog and on our facebook page.  I look forward to sharing my home and garden with you in the near future.