Passed through the nearly-forgotten settlement of Tison today, and was immediately drawn to this wonderful old store. As I entered what appeared to be the crossroads that was once the town, I noticed a sign for Watermelon Creek Vineyard. I struck up a conversation with a gentleman who was grooming a horse and learned the he was Charles Tillman, who is a descendant of the Tison family. He’s the visionary behind the Watermelon Creek Vineyard. His son, it turns out, is the ninth generation to farm the fertile lands near Watermelon Creek. Mr. Tillman was very proud of this history and generously shared the story of his family and their endeavors in the community. Next Saturday, there will be a blessing of the vineyard and a reading by my friend Janisse Ray. I hope to be there, but if not, I’ll definitely visit again. I have the highest admiration for men like Mr. Tillman who return to their roots and keep the vision of their ancestors alive, especially done in such an innovative way. Visit Watermelon Creek here:
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This is one of the best preserved log tobacco barns I’ve ever seen. Janella Murphy makes an interesting point in the comments on this photograph, stating it could possibly be a smokehouse. The camera angle on this shot does make the structure seem a bit smaller, but I’d maintain that this is in fact a tobacco barn. But my earlier posting, “Log Tobacco Barn, Battle Creek Church Road”, as well as another one from Long County several months ago, are indeed shorter than any tobacco barns I’ve ever seen; they could very well be smokehouses. I’d appreciate hearing some opinions on this.