East Ellijay, Georgia: Poole's BBQ "The Pig Hill of Fame"

3,000 pig cutouts create a giant pig on a hillside behind a BBQ restaurant, and their number is increasing.

Poole's Real Pit BBQ

Address:
164 Craig St., East Ellijay, GA
Directions:
At Poole's Real Pit BBQ. Take Hwy 515 into town, turn east at the McDonald's onto Maddox Drive, then immediately turn left (north) onto Craig St. Poole's will come up on the right.
Hours:
Daily 11 am - 7 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
706-635-4100
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Pig Hill of Fame. Poole's BBQ "The Pig Hill of Fame"

The Pig Hill of Fame has become a legend and a North Georgia landmark and world famous Bar-B-Q shack in East Ellijay, Georgia. The owner started with about 300 pigs cutouts on the hill (there are now over 3000!). Colonel Poole's internationally known Bar-B-Que restaurant is truly a modern day explosion - a prime example of SMALL BUSINESS in America.

Known around the world as the PIG HILL-OF-FAME, Oscar and Edna Poole began their business in a roadside shack in 1989 on Ga. Hwy. 515 in East Ellijay. GA., 75 miles north of Atlanta, with a borrowed capital of $3500.

The original roadside shack has been replaced by a modern cabin structure next door. It has been deemed the "TAJ-MA-HOG" with a room added to one side called the "HOG-ROCK-CAFE".

Besides keeping up with an eight year "expansive-explosive" mode, Col. Poole finds time dabble in politics. He serves as the local chairman of the Republican party and has represented his party at all convention levels. Colonel Poole is a full-fledged Kentucky Colonel, receiving his title from the Governor of Kentucky.

[mark jett, 09/18/2003]

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