Letters and Miscellanies

Can't Get Enough Watermelon Threshing

| May 2005

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The staff at the Watson-Brown Foundation in Thomson, Ga., has followed the discussion of watermelon threshers with avid interest. Until the recent mentions and photos appeared in Gas Engine Magazine, we were under the mistaken notion that our "smasher" was a one-of-a-kind device. Presently, the Tom Watson watermelons are grown on part of the 256-acre Hickory Hill estate that belonged to Senator Thomas E. Watson, the fiery Georgia populist statesman who fought so valiantly for the rights of the farmer. Our watermelon thresher is housed in a barn below the melon fields. Each year in August, the foundation hosts a Tom Watson Watermelon Festival. This year we plan to have a reconstructed thresher to process the watermelons grown on site as a demonstration at the festival on Aug. 16. With a little luck, we will recover enough seed to give out to anyone who would like to help provide for next year's crop.

Michelle Zupan
Hickory Hill
502 Hickory Hill Drive
Thomson, GA 30824
(706) 595-7777


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