N 32° 20' 46.633" W 84° 34' 53.176"

N 32° 20' 46.633" W 84° 34' 53.176"

Pasaquan

238 Eddie Martin Road, Buena Vista, GA 31803 |   pasaquan.com

238 Eddie Martin Road, Buena Vista, GA 31803 | pasaquan.com

Around forty-five minutes outside of Columbus, deep in the pines of rural Marion County, lies your first remarkable destination, Pasaquan. Thirty years in the making, from 1957 to 1986, Pasaquan is the creation of Eddie Owens Martin. Pasaquan is more than a place—it is a philosophy that unites people of all backgrounds and beliefs at the intersection of the past, present, and future. It’s also an art environment like nothing you’ve ever seen, and the product of a series visions the artist had during an extreme illness.

During these visions, Eddie Martin heard a voice tell him, “You’re gonna start something new, and you’re gonna be called a Pasaquoyan, and your name will be St. EOM.” St. EOM spent the rest of his life seeking to fulfill this prophecy, and today, over thirty years after his death, his mission to create a utopian oasis in rural Georgia remains constant. Professionally restored by the Kohler Foundation and gifted to Columbus State University in 2016, Pasaquan is open to students and the public, as well as to scholars studying visionary art and artists looking for inspiration.

The Tour
The tour includes a walk throughout the seven-acre property and inside St. EOM’s house, with an overview of his personal history, an exploration of his art, and information regarding the restoration of Pasaquan.
Hours of Operation
Friday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
Group tours can be scheduled for any day.
Closed the months of July and December
Special Events
Typically, there are special events held at Pasaquan in the Fall and Spring.
Admission
Suggested $10 donation
 

 
N 32° 5' 23.76" W 84° 39' 56.479"

N 32° 5' 23.76" W 84° 39' 56.479"

Richland Rum

355 East Broad Street, Richland, GA 31825 |   richlandrum.com

355 East Broad Street, Richland, GA 31825 | richlandrum.com

Just a short hop down GA 41 from the town square of Buena Vista is the Richland Rum Distillery. Created from field-to-glass, Richland Rum is nationally and internationally recognized for its purity and authenticity. Crafted as an all-natural, agricultural product, the rum transcends industrially produced spirits and, in many ways, the distillery represents a sanctuary of quality craftsmanship, reminiscent of Pasaquan. In fact, to celebrate their spiritual commonalities, Richland Rum created St. EOM’s Pasaquan Odyssey, Limited Edition 2017, selecting ten barrels of exceptional value and hand-bottling the rum in specially designed Pasaquan-themed bottles. A percentage of the proceeds of these limited-edition bottles goes toward the continued preservation of Pasaquan.

The Tour
The tour is an educational, first-hand experience of all aspects of rum-making. It begins with a visit to the Fermentation Room, featuring fresh, pure sugar cane syrup, homemade from sugar cane cultivated at the distillery’s own sugar cane plantation. You will be introduced next to the art of distillation in copper pot stills, followed by barrel aging and bottling. The tour concludes with a sampling in the Tasting Room of the distillery’s historic Richland Heritage House, after which guests are invited to browse the retail store and gift shop. Upon request, the group can linger in the Alembic Room of the Heritage House and enjoy a variety of rum drinks from the cash bar.
Hours of Operation
Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm
Admission
Free for a short, basic tour, including a tasting. An extended, personalized tour including a guided comparative tasting of several expressions of Richland Rum is available for $25 per person.
Meal Options
A custom, rum-inspired lunch can be prepared for groups of 10+ (price dependent upon menu selection).
Special Events 
Annual Taste of Richland & Market, every fourth Sunday in April. tasteofrichland.org 
 

 
N 32° 8' 31.163" W 85° 0' 3.198"

N 32° 8' 31.163" W 85° 0' 3.198"

Omaha Brewing

265 Brew Street, Omaha, GA 31821 |   omahabrewingcompany.com

265 Brew Street, Omaha, GA 31821 | omahabrewingcompany.com

Omaha Brewing Company, your third stop on the Visionary Odyssey, is only a short drive west of Richland through Lumpkin. Omaha Brewing Company was founded on the simple belief that if one wants to make beer, then one should do it right. Started by Robert and Stephanie Lee on December 12, 2012, the brewery is very much a family enterprise, and even son Rob is involved as head of marketing and sales. The Columbus community has fully embraced and become part of the family of Omaha Brewing, which now out-sells several national brands in the market.

Given the uniqueness of the art of St. EOM and the specialized art of crafting original beers, it was no surprise that Pasaquan and Omaha Brewing became friends and partners. In 2018, Omaha Brewing created Viberations, a signature craft beer named after one of St. EOM’s cosmic talents and featuring overtones of cardamom, ginger, peppercorn, rosemary, and hempseed—a salute to one of the southern saint’s favorite pastimes. A percentage of all Viberations sales goes toward the continued preservation of Pasaquan.

The Tour
The family-friendly tour gives an insight into creating craft beer from the concept to the ingredients and recipes, to fermentation and canning. Afterward, guests may enjoy samples in The Tap Room, and further beer may be purchased by the glass or by the flight, or to-go by the six-pack and crowlers (or “growlers”).
Meal Options
Saturdays feature food trucks. Special catered accommodations can be made for groups of 10+ on any day.
Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday 12–8pm
Saturday 1–9pm
Special Events
Beer launch parties, art and farmers markets, occasional dinners, Oktoberfest, St. Patrick's Day, and live music most Saturdays.
Admission
Free and includes a tasting. 
 

 
N 32° 19' 44.966" W 85° 10' 10.07"

N 32° 19' 44.966" W 85° 10' 10.07"

Butch Anthony

970 Hwy 169 Seale, Alabama 36875 |   museumofwonder.com

970 Hwy 169 Seale, Alabama 36875 | museumofwonder.com

Alabama Museum of Wonder (visits by appointment only)
From Omaha, continue west a few miles and cross the Chattahoochee River into Alabama before heading north on US 431 back to Columbus. On your way, make sure to stop at another art environment, Butch Anthony’s studio and workshop located within an art complex that he calls the Alabama Museum of Wonder. The museum is an installation that Butch has built over the course of the last twenty-five years. It’s housed in a vintage barn on his property in rural southeastern Alabama. The Alabama Museum of Wonder contains a variety of unusual artifacts, natural specimens, and a wide range of oddities that Butch has been collecting since childhood. Alongside the exhibits are Butch’s own artworks and paintings inspired by his personal philosophy of “Intertwangleism,” not unlike St. EOM’s invented “Pasaquoyanism.”

The Drive-Thru Museum
If you can’t get an appointment to see Butch’s Alabama Museum of Wonder, you can still enjoy his Drive-Thru Museum without even getting out of your car. This is an offshoot of his Museum of Wonder, with a smaller collection of odd items set up inside shipping containers with cut-out large display windows.

Hours of Operation
The Alabama Museum of Wonder

by appointment 
The Drive-Thru Museum
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week