What I Love About My Small Town – Rutledge, Georgia

10 years ago we bought a farm with an 1848 farmhouse in Rutledge, GA – population 781. Tucked an hour east of Atlanta, Rutledge boasts the motto Small, but Special.

General Sherman and his troops marched through my front yard on his march from Atlanta to Savannah to end the Civil War burning everything in their path. My home (which wasn’t yet part of a town as Rutledge wasn’t established until 1871) & Madison (the next town over) was spared as the General’s daughter was friendly with the daughter of the mayor.

Not much had changed about this house since the troops marched in front – the same single pane poured glass windows still look out over the front porch, the same hardwood floors are inside, and the same plaster walls stand in the front three rooms of the house. It was also missing updates for things like modern electricity, indoor plumbing, and HVAC when we closed on the property. We spent 2 years rehabbing the home before it was liveable – and we evicted a friendly black snake multiple times from the living room during the renovations! (Don’t worry, she still lives here, but now outside where I like to remind her I prefer to not see her.)

But while the history my little farmhouse holds is pretty cool – what’s really special is the small town of Rutledge, GA.

A Small Town –

With Character


The town is an eclectic mix of people – from Ed & Molly who own the Caboose in town (that’s the restaurant actually inside a train caboose) where Molly paints everything from reclaimed barn wood to huge murals on the town walls, to Chris at Yesterday’s Café (that’s our only other restaurant), to Dr. Hughes at Back to Wellness where The Andy Griffith Show plays on repeat in the lobby and they offer chiropractic, holistic medicine, acupuncture, & massage, to the Community Depot housed in the old train depot with pottery and painting classes held every week.


Kids still ride their bikes through town and play on the playground in the town square. Come summertime there’s concerts on the square on Friday nights where people drive, walk, ride their horses, or bring their golf carts to come listen to bands like Caroline Aiken and the Apostles of Bluegrass. Wednesday mornings are the farmer’s market with fresh local produce and crafts. We camp, hike, and kayak in Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Wall galleries of custom pet photography showcases the story of the session.
Wall galleries of custom pet photography showcases the story of the session.

Not A Single Stoplight – But Also Spotty Internet

We have no traffic lights, just a stop sign in an old oil drum that gets rolled out of the way for special events in town. There are no food delivery options. There is no grocery store. There are no chain restaurants or fast food establishments.


Instead there are people who know each other, friendly waves as you drive through town, and everyone is a regular when you only have two restaurant options.

Choosing the best background for pet photography means eliminating distractions.
The photos included in this post are of Hana – the German Shepherd taken in my small town of Rutledge, GA.

So while I certainly wish we had trash service and reliable internet, I have zero plans to go back to city living.

I’m happily a country mouse.

This blog is a part of a blog circle with pet photographers near me and from across the globe! This week we’re talking all about what we love about our cities!

Next up Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography shares why she loves her home town of Coppell, Texas for pet and family photography. 

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  1. Terri

    Oh my goodness! your farm has such an amazing history. And small town life sounds most appealing to someone who lives in the city.

  2. Nicole

    Your town sounds perfect to me. I dream of living in a small town where quality of life matters.

  3. Elaine

    I love that you had a black snake helping you with renovations, and that there is a stop sign in a barrel in your town that can be moved!

    Rutledge sounds like the kind of place I would want to visit someday.

  4. holly

    I feel like your town could be the perfect setting for a nicholas sparks movie. I’ve always wanted to spend some time in the south, sipping mine julips on the wrap around porch and meandering through a small town. It sounds perfect. Your photos are beautiful.

  5. Tracy Allard

    Hana is traffic stopping gorgeous and I giggled at your “not a single stoplight, but also spotty internet” comment – life is always a trade off and the world needs country mice!

  6. Darlene

    THis sounds absolutely perfect! We have found snakes in our laundry room and I’m not a fan either – happy to move them outdoors! LOve the history that you shared!


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