The can’t-be-missed Green Tomato Festival is right around the corner, folks. It is time to plan your trip to Juliette!
If you are from middle Georgia, you are probably familiar with lovely little Juliette. Her fame from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes and its unforgettable leading ladies, Ruth and Idgie, is only a tiny part of what makes this charming Southern town an absolute delight to visit. From local history to movie landmarks, we’ve compiled some of our most beloved and must-see attractions in Juliette for you right here. Be sure to download our Ultimate Juliette Bucket List + Map to add a bit of adventure to your stay!
The Fire Station
When you first pull in off Juliette Road onto McCrackin Street, there is a little red and white building that is an actual working fire station. There is a small parking lot where you can park to wander the town. Public restrooms are further down behind the Sheriff’s Department. If full, there is more parking behind the little red building across the street.
Directly next to the fire station/parking lot is the very first Juliette shop, The Honeycomb, run by longtime locals Joann and Tommy Moon. In this shop, you’ll find locally made honey, honey-filled candies (Mr. Tommy is famous for these!), and other honey products like soaps and candles as well as handcrafted items and Fried Green Tomatoes memorabilia.
Cutest Lil Gift Shop EVVAH
Across the street from The Honeycomb, the little red building housing More Than Mason Jars is truly the cutest lil gift shop EVVAH according to owner Ms. Nancy Mason. You’ll find candles, soaps, wax melts, jams and jellies—it’s a great place to pick up unique items for gift-giving.
Beside The Honeycomb, you’ll find the Butterfly Cottage. True to its name, it houses beautiful things. Apparel, jewelry and accessories for ladies are located here. Owner Brenda Wimberly believes that every woman is a butterfly in progress—and deserves to feel that way.
Juliette Opry House
Originally built in 1884 as a general store with a masonic lodge upstairs and still owned by the Williams family, the “Opry House” as it was renamed for the movie occasionally opens for front porch jams and is always a great photo spot! A small outdoor stage was added by the river for larger musical events.
Kennington’s Pillar to Post
Across from the Opry House you’ll find Kennington’s, a small shop known for its Georgia Grown specialty food items, like cane syrup, and pecans, as well as handcrafted, antique and vintage furniture.
An extension of the Juliette Opry House, there is a small outdoor stage surrounded by lush grass behind the buildings across from the Opry House. It lies alongside the riverside park, and from here you can hear the rush of the Ocmulgee’s waters.
The Grave of Buddy’s Arm
In the movie, a little boy loses his arm in a railroad accident. They bury the arm, and the gravestone still lies in its place to the left and behind the little police station.
The Juliette Police Department
Across from the Opry House and before you reach the old train depot, “the littlest police station” is actually an old outhouse that was given a new moniker after the town was renovated. With its manicured landscaping, this is a must photo op stop!
The little white courthouse building is now an active Monroe County Sheriff’s Department substation. This building was in the movie, but unmarked.
The Whistle Stop Train Depot & Gift Shop
(Simple Home Goodness)
The original Juliette depot, which used to be along the railroad tracks, now sits along McCrackin Street next to the Whistle Stop Cafe. It houses a shop filled with unique gifts, movie memorabilia, home decor and other items.
The Whistle Stop Cafe Gift Shop
(Old Liberty Bank)
The red brick bank building, built as simply a facade for the movie, has since been built out so it could become a gift shop. Like other shops in town, you’ll find tons of movie memorabilia as well as antiques, decor and gifts.
Ruth & Idgie’s Place
The little white house used to film Ruth and Idgie’s home in the movie now sells vintage photographs of the area, knives and more.
The Whistle Stop Cafe
From grocery store to hardware store to movie set to cafe, this building has seen a lot of history. Come try the famous BBQ and fried green tomatoes from Ruth and Idgie’s kitchen, complete with its horseshoe counter. On display you’ll find both movie props and items from the original store, like the old cash register and meat block.
BBQ Pit from Fried Green Tomatoes
The movie’s infamous barbecue pit, where Big George helps dispose of Frank Bennet’s body, is located just behind the Whistle Stop Cafe. You won’t want to miss the chance to caption a selfie with one of the movie’s most quoted lines, “The Secret’s in the Sauce!”
The Grave of Frank Bennett
Near the pit you’ll see a gravestone placed to memorialize the above scene, inscribed: “Here Lies Frank Bennet of Valdosta — The Secret Was in the Sauce!”
Smokey Lonesome’s Shack
To the left of the BBQ pit and behind some of the other shops in Juliette, Smokey Lonesome’s shack can still be seen. A small one-room hut, you are welcome to peek in for a little look around.
A treasure trove of antiques and vintage items awaits you at Verna Cora’s, one of the last shops along McCrackin Street. From movie memorabilia to books, housewares, collectibles and more, you never know what surprises you’ll find at Verna Cora’s.
Southern Grace Gifts & Wine Shop
The words “best for last” have never been truer about Juliette—the last shop along McCrackin Street is a wine shop, which you definitely won’t want to miss!
Juliette Dam & Park
A small quaint park tucked behind Juliette with riverfront views, enjoy a picnic at one of the available tables and take in the scenery, fish or skip rocks from the shore.
Juliette Methodist Church Cemetery
(Site of Buddy & Ruth’s Graves)
While not in town, true fans won’t want to miss the graves of Buddy Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, set within the cemetery of nearby Juliette Methodist Church— look for the honey. It’s about a five-minute drive, and also is home to the plots of many prominent local families, like the Williams Family, the longtime owners of the buildings on McCrackin Street.
Sound like fun? Find a local hotel, and we’ll see you October 29-30, 2022 in Juliette! Remember to use the hashtag #GetFried when you share your favorite moments on social.