Originally built by Max and Christy Manry as a getaway place in 1996. The cabin is located on 150 acres bordering Pendleton Creek and has about 1,660 square feet of space on two levels. The exterior is painted cedar. Inside, the floors are pine and most of the walls are tongue-and-groove pine. The main room has a ceiling height of 23.5 feet. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a loft, it can sleep up to 8 with a fully equipped kitchen. There is a screen porch to the rear and deck overlooking Pendleton Creek. There is a gas grill on the deck and a large grill in the cook shed that can serve as both a smoker and a grill. The well is a 4 inch deep well and the sweetness of the water is indicative of water that is both pure and has minimal mineral content.
At the property there is a map indicating walking trails and the location of deer stands which are located in high game areas and are excellent for sitting quietly in hopes of seeing wildlife.
The area around “Max’s Place” is home to a wide variety of animals and the owners have seen at least one of everything except for a bear.
**See below for a complete description of the flora and fauna**
This area of Pendleton Creek named the “Racket Town” area was the home of many moonshiners who made their own version of the distilled spirits on Pendleton Creek. To date, we have found seven stills on the property, many of which still have the marks of the revenuers’ axes in destroying them. With two of the stills, we have found springs that have been harnessed into flowing wells, varying sizes of vats, and glass gallon jugs with the “ear handle jugs”. The moonshine made in this area was placed in the jugs, and either sold locally or transported and sold outside of the law.
Prior to the days of trash containers and land fills, rural families dumped their trash locally. As a result, the 150 acres known as “Max’s Place”, has over 100 small trash piles from the 1940s to 1960s. There shouldn't be anything environmentally dangerous in the piles since they are mainly rusted metal cans, before aluminum, and glass. Feel free to plunder through and should you find a bottle or jar that interests you, please feel free to take it with you.
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The area around “Max’s Place” is home to a wide variety of animals and the owners have seen at least one of everything except for a bear. We have never physically seen a bear even though our neighbors have, and about several years ago, we had a tree that was attacked by a bear sharpening his claws.
On the property, there are two varieties of cats, the most common being the Bobcat. The other cat that we have is either of the Puma or Florida Panther variety and is seldom seen. We have had sightings by hunters or ourselves five times over a period from 1994 to 2002, and saw tracks just recently in March, 2009. These are large cats weighing near 100 pounds and are the color of a deer.
We have three additional predators in the dog family, namely the Coyote, Red Fox and Grey Fox. Our coyotes are of the long hair variety and are known as the Eastern Coyote and range in size from 40 to 60 pounds. At night, sometimes you can hear them howling or yodeling. While the coyote is more illusive, we frequently catch sight of both the Grey and the Red Fox. This seems to be more of the Grey Fox variety; incidentally, the Grey Fox is capable of climbing a tree.
Of the predators above, do not be worried about any of them. They are more afraid of man and his scent than you are of them. About the only time that we see them is when startled by a vehicle or when sitting quietly for hours at a time on a deer stand.
In addition to the deer, there are two varieties of squirrels, the Grey Squirrel and the Fox Squirrel. The Fox Squirrel is beautiful and comes in a variety of colors from jet black to grey. We frequently see raccoons, opossums, wild hogs ,but only rarely a skunk.
In the creek, it is not uncommon to see beaver and otter, and on a very rare occasion, a mink. In addition to a wide variety of rats and mice, we also have armadillos.
When one walks through the woods, it seems as though there are no birds; however, if you sit down quietly and wait a few minutes, then they will come back out. The birds and animals in these woods are wilder than those in your backyard and are not used to people; therefore, when they hear you coming; they become very quiet and still until you have passed.
The neatest of the woodpeckers is Pileated Woodpecker who has a unique call. In addition to several varieties of woodpeckers, the most common birds that you will see are the Bluebird, Pine Warblers, Cardinal, Morning Dove, the Summer Red Bird, the Black Crow, Sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbird and Wrens.
As to the water birds, we always have Canadian Geese, Wood Ducks, the Great Blue Herron, the Great White Egret, the Belted Kingfisher and the Anhinga. Occasionally, we have seen a Frigate Bird, Rails, Mergansers, the Mallard Duck, and a variety of other water birds including a Limpkin, the Little Blue Heron and the Tri-Color Herron.
The two most common hawks are the Broad-Tailed and the Red-Shouldered Hawk. Occasionally we have kites and other hawks and have even had one juvenile Eagle and an occasional Osprey. Our most common owls are the Great Horned Owl, Bared Owl, and the Little Screech Owl.
Twenty to thirty years ago, no one saw wild turkeys in this section of Georgia. Thanks to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), we now have an abundance. Frequently, we see flocks on the property ranging in size from 10 to 20 birds. It is easy to see their tracks as they have four talons with one pointing to the rear. A large gobbler will stand close to five feet tall and may weigh as much as 30 pounds. While sitting in the woods, you can frequently hear them clucking or gobbling, particular at first light or late in the evening.
Further into the notebook is a list of the birds that are commonly found in Georgia.
First, there are three poisonous snakes on the property, the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, the Copperhead and the Water Moccasin. Always look where you go and step on a log before you step over it, but it is doubtful you will find one on your visit.
As to the non-poisonous, helpful snakes, we have the Oak Snake, Pine Snake, Black Runner, Lime-Green Snake, Coachwhip, Hognose Snake, King Snake, and the Indigo Snake. Incidentally, we very seldom see snakes since they seem to be more nocturnal and tend to hide in dark places waiting on their prey.
As you walk on the property, you will notice the large holes which are the home of the gopher tortoise. This tortoise that dates back to prehistoric times. He is being considered for the endangered list. There are 50 to 100 on the site.
In addition to the normal Box Turtle, we have Chicken Sliders, Alligator Snapping Turtles, Soft-Shelled Turtles and an occasional alligator.
Lizards are neat, in addition to the Chameleon; we have the Skink and the Fence Post Lizard.
Fish (in creek)
Pendleton Creek that borders the property for approximately a mile has two small natural lakes, the upstream lake being called Fork Lake and the lower lake being called Cyprus Lake. Fork Lake is formed when Tiger Creek, another small creek, flows into Pendleton.
In addition to a small black catfish that is very sweet to taste, there is the Bream, Redbreast, White Perch (Crappy), Jackfish (Chain Pickerel), and the most favorite of all, the Red-Fin Pike. None of the fish seem to get very large in the creek, but are edible and tasty. The black water in the creek is from tannic acid; therefore, it is general thought of as clean water. This is the type of water that ancient mariners would take with them on Atlantic Crossings.
There are a variety of soil types, from sand ridge to swamp. Many years ago, this section of Georgia was underwater and the sand ridge was most likely either an island or beach area. As it changes from sand ridge to upland and then to swamp, there is a great diversity in the type of trees, shrubs and grasses.
For example, the land where “Max’s Place” is built is sitting 72 feet above the main channel of the creek. Seldom in flatland South Georgia does such a hill exist. We are certain that the Indians visited and stayed in this area because of the high land and the presence of good clean water and wild game. Unfortunately, with the soft dirt, we believe that arrowheads, pottery and their remains have sank into the dirt to a level that they will not be found. For example, downstream, a large lake was built and in digging the deeper portions, many arrowheads, flint and pottery were found.
The sand ridge is dry and does not have a clay base. The water that comes into the sand ridge soaks down into a water table and moves toward the creek. As a result, this is what creates some of the flowing wells that attracted the moonshiners. That water has been strained through the sand and has a high degree of purity for stream water. Each of the large gulleys on the creek side of the property has a flowing spring at its beginning.
In 1991 when the eastern half of the 150 acres was cruised, the Georgia Registered Forester doing the cruise told us that this piece of property had the widest variety of trees of any piece of property that he had ever cruised. To the best of our knowledge, when we purchased the property, we were told in 1991 that it had been over 53 years since any timber had been cut off the property and that most of that was only the cypress out of the swamps. As a result, we have a lot of older growth timber, particularly in our hardwoods.
There are at least six varieties of pines, including the Slash Pine, Long-Leaf, Sand Pine, Loblolly Pine, Spruce Pine and what is known as the “Old Fashioned Pond Pine”. The largest pines on the sand ridge are considered to be the strongest wood and ideal for rafters or A-frames because of the tight growing rings. Some of those trees are well over 100 years old. At the same time, some of the Spruce Pines that are nearly three feet in diameter are 120 to 150 years old.
Other varieties of trees include a multiple number of Oaks, Dogwoods, Magnolia trees, multiple varieties of Hickory including Wild Pecan, American Holly, Birch, Maple, Poplar, Cypress, Red Bay, Sweet Gum, Wild Plum, Persimmon, Bay, and many others. One of the neatest is the Red Bay which has bark somewhat like a pine tree but a leaf similar to a Magnolia.
The two main Oak trees on the sand ridge are the Turkey Oak and the Post Oak. These hardy, but slow growing gnarled oaks produce an acorn that is valued by the wildlife. We have been told that the harder a tree has to grow to produce an acorn the more likely the acorn is going to be more nutritious; therefore, the turkeys and the deer spend time on the sand ridge searching for acorns.