Bolingbroke now has a fresh produce stand located at Hayslip’s Antique Mall here in downtown Bolingbroke. Tina Rossi will be at her stand Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. You can call Kevin Hayslip at 478-228-9679 to check hours as they may vary depending on the season.

Some of you may know Tina from her delicious pork skin stands at the local festivals - TNT Flavored (and regular) Pork Skins. She says she hopes to have these here in Bolingbroke before long. She is also selling Cajun and regular boiled peanuts. Her produce looks delicious. She has tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, onions, squash, cucumbers, etc. Whatever is in season, I’m sure she has it or can get it. 

While you are there, be sure to see all the changes at Hayslip’s, including the booths Kevin now rents out. You will be sure to find a treasure. And check out Blanche’s Meats located there, also. A dog grooming salon is there, too. Lots happening under this roof!

 

Who is has lived in Bolingbroke all of their life? If you have, I’d like to hear from you. There is so much history here and I would like to hear your story. 

Recently I spoke to Larry Peters (son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Peters) and found out he has lived here all of his life (all but a few years when he was transferred to Baxley with Georgia Power). 

Larry was born and raised here and is a 1971 graduate of Mary Person’s High School. He said he remembers when neighbors would walk to their house and ask to use their phone back in the 50’s and 60’s. He said the Bolingbroke Methodist Church was a circuit church and the preacher would preach there about twice a month - he said everyone gathered for church on those Sundays and then would honor the Lord’s day and relax on front porches and visit with the neighbors.

Many changes have happened since those days and in the mid 70’s Bolingbroke started growing and hasn’t stopped since. In the late 1800’s there were a handful of houses lining Highway 41 and the railroad track in ‘downtown Bolingbroke.’

The Railroad provides one of the most memorable events in the community’s history. There was a big explosion in the mid 40’s - an engine blew up on a train coming from Griffin. The engineer was killed, and the local kids thought judgement day was here with fire falling from the sky and the lights out. 

Today, there are many homes and subdivisions and well over 60 businesses located here. I used to call Bolingbroke a sleepy bedroom community but it has woken up and is alive and thriving. If you have a memorable story, please send me an email.

Vicki Smith covers Bolingbroke for the Reporter. She and her husband, Bobby Lee, own & operate Properties Plus Realty, and she is president of Bolingbroke Community Club., which gives us the beloved Bolingbroke Christmas parade.