Where is the Brunswick Stew?!

Early morning stillness at the marina

Early morning stillness at the marina

We are in Brunswick, Georgia, which claims to be the birthplace of Brunswick Stew, which is a tomato-based stew, containing various types of lima beans/butter beans, corn, okra, and other vegetables, and meat. It is a travesty that I can find no Brunswick Stew in Brunswick! The town holds a festival every year called the Brunswick Stewbilee, but no restaurant (at least in the old town) serves Brunswick stew! How can this be?!

Okay, now that that is off my chest, our Saturday in Brunswick was very pleasant. We first walked about a hundred yards south of our dock to the farmer’s market, where we picked up a little bit of fresh produce. It wasn’t huge, but it was pleasant, and the people were friendly.

Brunswick Farmer's Market

Brunswick Farmer’s Market

After dropping off our produce on Beatitude, we headed for town. The sun was hot, but there was a cool breeze which made for a lovely morning walk, especially in the shade of the majestic oaks. We decided to walk down Union street, which cuts through the heart of the Old Town historic district in Brunswick. It was a joy to look at the old 19th and early 20th century Victorian homes (some of which could use some tender loving care) while standing beneath the charming, grand old trees. When we reached Prince Street, we turned to the left and continued a few blocks to find the massive oak known as “Lover’s Oak.” According to local legend, Native American braves and their young maidens met under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak. The Lover’s Oak is estimated to be over 900 years old. The tree’s trunk is about 13 feet in diameter and it branches into ten limbs measuring 12 to 30 inches in diameter. Of course, we kissed beneath the oak, and then I had to climb up at least a little ways.

Mosaic Sidewalk

Mosaic Sidewalk

'Puttin' on the Ritz'

‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’

Shave and a haircut?

Shave and a haircut?

Another cool sidewalk

Another cool sidewalk

Glorious tree

Glorious tree

One of several Victorian homes on Union and Prince Streets

One of several Victorian homes on Union and Prince Streets

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This one could use a little work.  Is it haunted?

This one could use a little work. Is it haunted?

A place to stop your carriage and tie your horse in front of this grand home.

A place to stop your carriage and tie your horse in front of this grand home.

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This Cardinal is far from St. Louis

This Cardinal is far from St. Louis

Gorgeous Flower

Gorgeous Flower

Another wonderful flower

Another wonderful flower

Lover's Oak

Lover’s Oak

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Lovers

Lovers

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Old City Hall

Old City Hall

Sadly, there are many empty storefronts along the main street in Brunswick.  The shopping is quite limited in the old town area.  A little disappointing after Fernandina Beach.

Sadly, there are many empty storefronts along the main street in Brunswick. The shopping is quite limited in the old town area. A little disappointing after Fernandina Beach.

Old car in the old town

Old car in the old town

Long-reaching Oak limb

Long-reaching Oak limb

After our 3.5 mile morning walk, we returned to Beatitude for the afternoon. I grilled some hot dogs for lunch before we gave Beatitude a bath. She needed it! We topped off the water tanks and relaxed for a while. For dinner, we ate at The Southern Table and Bar in the Old Town. The decor was nice and the ambience pleasant, but the food was average. I was a little disappointed. Perhaps, I had anticipated more than I should have because of the word “southern” in the restaurant name.

Beatitude's bath time

Beatitude’s bath time

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Dinner spot

Dinner spot

Inside The Southern Table

Inside The Southern Table

After dinner, we had a lovely evening of entertainment at the historic Ritz Radio Theater. The night’s presentation was the” Wizard of Oz.” The story was presented just as it would have been in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Although a small community production, the acting was quite good. The young lady who played Dorothy was excellent, both in her speaking voice for her character, and in her singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” After a little fun, experiencing what it would have been like to be in a live radio audience in the ’40s, we returned to our home for the night.

The historic Ritz

The historic Ritz

Ritz Radio Theatre's "Wizard of Oz"

Ritz Radio Theatre’s “Wizard of Oz”

The Ritz

The Ritz

Newcastle Street Market at Night

Newcastle Street Market at Night

6 thoughts on “Where is the Brunswick Stew?!

  1. I can’t believe no one serves Brunswick Stew in Brunswick Georgia! They are totally missing the point!! Hope Farm’s can of ‘Mrs. Fearnow’s Delicious Brunswick Stew’ is the best. It is a has a yellow label and it is wonderful. My Mom used to mail cans of it to me for Birthday’s and Christmas! It used to be made in Virginia., and sold in all stores. If you find it – keep some cans on the boat, it makes for a great quick meal!!!

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