Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Jug Tavern Festival

Winder is a small Georgia town about 42 miles northeast of Atlanta. The origin of the town and the county it resides in is an interesting story.

Originally Winder was a trading center that was named Snodon by Creek and Cherokee Indians in the 1700s. In the late 1700s, white settlers arrived at which time the settlement named changed to Jug. There is no documented reason for the name, but some say there was a jug-shaped field next to the local tavern. 10 years later the name changed to Jug Tavern. The town only had about 37 residents at the time and it grew slowly until the years shortly after the civil war. A number of the townsmen did fight in the civil war. Two important battles nearby were the Battle of Jug Tavern and the Battle of King's Tanyard. Jug Tavern finally gained prominence in 1883 when a railroad line was built going through town, connecting it with Gainesville and Social Circle. Initially the railroad was to pass 4 miles south of town, but John H. Winder, the general manager of Seaboard Air Line Railway, decide to relocate the track to run through the town. In appreciation, the townspeople changed the name of the town to Winder.

Early on, Jug Tavern extended into 3 counties: Jackson, Walton and Gwinnett. There is a story of 2 local men involved in a fight. One of the men, standing in Gwinnett County, shot another man standing in Jackson County who fell and died in Walton County. At any rate, the town spanning 3 counties caused continuous legal and governance confusion for the residents and businesses. As a result, Barrow County was created in 1914 from portions of all 3 counties. It was named after David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr. who was a University of Georgia mathematics and engineering professor and later, Chancellor.

To honor its history, Winder now hosts an annual Jug Tavern Festival and BBQ Cook-Off. The multi-day event includes a 5K road race, carnival, car show, craft booths, food booths, BBQ cook-off and live entertainment. This year's event kicks off with the carnival on Wednesday, September 10th and runs through Sunday, September 14.

Regarding Books is excited to be joining the festival this year and will host a booth Friday evening and all day Saturday.  Please come join us!

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