Meet Reggie Coley of Habersham County. Reggie is the owner and operator of Fort Peanut located at the intersection of Historic Hwy 441, New Liberty Road, and Hills Crossing. Folks that visit Fort Peanut are sure to be welcomed with a warm smile by Reggie, trademarked with his always present toothpick. Reggie retired from Georgia Power and began making the opening of Fort Peanut a reality by purchasing the old Hills Crossing tire shop. Being sat vacant for years, Reggie transformed this old shop into a vibrant and lively traffic stop from Friday- Saturday evenings.
When visiting Fort Peanut, take a stroll through the shop and see all the vintage and antique finds that Reggie accumulates on his weekly treasure hunts around north Georgia. If you are looking for a particular piece of treasure, it may just be beyond these doors in the small shop. After treasure & antique finds, you can make your way to the peanut stand for some of the best boiled peanuts in northeast Georgia! You’ll always find friendly faces at Fort Peanut and before you know it, you’ll be adding to the peanut shells scattered on the ground, as you chat with Reggie and other locals about the latest happenings in the area.
Reggie resides in Clarkesville and loves his community. Being a lifelong resident of Habersham County, he loves to call this place home.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: “It started when I was 5yrs old, my grandparents had old stuff and I loved junk and looking for old things. I love history.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Habersham County?
A: “Kenneth Woodall”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Habersham County, and what do you love there?
A: “Frescos in Clarkesville. My favorite thing to eat is crusted salmon with asparagus and cream sauce.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “Amazon River to visit primitive natives and see what their lives are like.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “National Lampoon Animal House.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Remember the Golden Rule.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Habersham County?
A: “The people, the majority are genuine, courteous, have good values, and are down to earth.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Traveling more, making life more simple, and still looking for a good ‘fresh pile of junk’.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I collect high school class rings and try to research and find the owners.”
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Family, Love, and Safe Place”