Pembroke is located in rural South Georgia between Savannah and Statesboro (Bryan County). In 1889, this small town was flourishing with pride and growth. Mr. M.E Carter, its first resident and mayor, worked for the railroad and lived in a boxcar. To depict this rich history and to celebrate its centennial in 2004, the Pembroke Committee worked tirelessly to capture the memories of the town. The railroad was the heartbeat of the community, and the "little red caboose was used for many social functions. At the "Welcome Center," they used the fire station at noon to signify to everyone it was lunch time. People would gather and could actually set their watches by the blowing of the siren…At the Bryan County High School lunches were served and cost 5 cents a day.” Scattered throughout the book are many pictures of churches, schools, and businesses. A fascinating business was logging. As the demand for housing boomed, the demand for lumber became a necessity. Turpentine farms and distillers attracted a great number of settlers to the area. Pembroke residents consider themselves lucky to live there. Readers will enjoy a peek at the many activities as well as the people. Pembroke is a pleasant read with many pictures depicting the atmosphere then and now. Pembroke can easily fit into the web of Georgia’s history in any public library or academic institution with a Southern culture collection.
- Reviewed by Regina W. Cannon, University of Georgia