Pasaquan, the home of visionary artist Eddie Owens Martin, opens for tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month through November.
Martin created the world of Pasaquan, his vision of the future, in the late 1940s or the early 1950s, said Fred Fussell. To pay his bills, Martin told fortunes. Fussell first met Martin as a teenager when he went to Pasaquan to have his fortune told. Later, as curator of art at the Columbus Museum, Fussell went back to Pasaquan to talk to Martin. They became friends until Marti's death.
Fussell laughs when he says every small town has its eccentric character. Buena Vista had the "king of eccentric characters" in Martin, Fussell said.
Martin inherited a small two-room house and five acres from his mother, who ran a creamery on the property. He built a wall around the front of the house and added on to the house, all painted in bright colors. The wall, house and outbuildings are all adorned with sculptures.
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Pasaquan is open to the public only on these days.
To get to Pasaquan, take U.S. 280 south from Columbus through Fort Benning. Turn left on Georgia 26. Turn left on County Road 108. Turn left on Murray Farm Road. Turn left on Georgia 137, then turn right on Eddie Martin Road. Pasaquan will be on the right. Because a bridge was washed out a few years ago, do not use online mapping websites, Fussell said.
An alternate route from the Pasaquan website: From Columbus, take U.S. 280 south through Fort Benning and turn left on Georgia 26 and go to Buena Vista. "From the Buena Vista town square drive north 1.4 miles on Georgia 41, then take a slight left onto Georgia 137. Go west 4.4 miles on Georgia 137 and take a right onto Eddie Martin Road. Drive 0.4 miles north to 238 Eddie Martin Road. Pasaquan will appear brightly on your right."
Admission for the tours is $5.
For more information, call John S. Rogers, 229-649-7513.