October 15, 2007

Chiles and His Century

More digging into the research has given me new information about Chiles' walk through Century, Florida and the legacy he left the sawmill town.

Granny Hattie's restaurant, the diner where he breakfasted on eggs, sausage, and grits with city councilwoman Marie McMurray before kicking off what would be his final re-election campaign walk in 1982, has long since burned down.

I drove through the whole town looking for Hattie's when I visited a week ago, but found no sign of it. Ironically, I did find what was left of it. The Burger King where I ended up eating lunch was built next to the foundation of Hattie's place.

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