Gut Rumbles

August 15, 2005

tiger ridge

I've been there a few times. Tiger Ridge is famous in Georgia for being the most inbred place on the planet since the French kings of the 1700s.

I received THIS in an email today:

The Tiger Ridgers tend to be either Edwards or Atchleys, from what a few who hail from there tell me. I'm doing a research on them for my master's thesis.

There are some good people there, and while there maybe some folk who are twice cousins or whatever, you simply should not judge them, especially if you all are not in any position to really know them or help them out.

Do not go there to gawk, or to make fun. I've had a friend who was locked up for precisely that, when he and his Navy buddies accidentally rode in there while returning to base from a night out in Savannah.

Another source tells me that a Tiger Ridger will just as soon kill you and throw you into the river for gator bait as look at you.

Having said this, if you are interested in helping me make some contacts who will tell me the real story of Tiger Ridge, how the Feds came in back in the 30's or 40's and moved some people out to keep them from breeding in too much, then kindly contact me.

Thank you sir, and have a good day.

Wanna help the guy out? I have his email address.


OMG...they had a big write up in the paper here about them a while back. You do know they decorate all their houses for Christmas now, lights and all, and we are all invited to ride through and gawk like hell err, I mean admire them?

Posted by: Kellie on August 15, 2005 02:20 AM

"real story of Tiger Ridge, how the Feds came in back in the 30's or 40's and moved some people out to keep them from breeding in too much, then kindly contact me."

How stupid is that!

Somebody explain to me how moving people out will stop in-breeding......don't you think ya should have been moving "fresh blood" into the neighborhood?

Posted by: Maggie on August 15, 2005 08:12 AM

I bet it's an interesting story.

Posted by: Kelly on August 15, 2005 08:38 AM

is Hillary Clinto from Tiger Ridge. That would explain a lot.

Posted by: GUYK on August 15, 2005 11:09 AM

Didn't Zapp-hole say he fared from Tiger Ridge?

It all makes sense now..

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on August 15, 2005 01:27 PM

Over in Castroville, Tx -the 'Habey' family tree has but one leaf at the top.

Posted by: KurtP on August 15, 2005 11:15 PM

wow! please kkep an update as to what this place is all about. How many people live there? is it hard to find? What exactly happened in the thirties and forties?

Posted by: shane on August 20, 2005 02:26 PM

Hello people, I'm the one who sent Mr. Acidman the above inquiry on Tiger Ridge.

Since then, I've done a few recons around the ridge, met a couple of the Edwards, who seem like okay people. I haven't seen any of the folk with twelve fingers and twelve toes, or big heads, as I was told. As a matter of fact, the folk around Springfield and Clio seem about the same as the ones in the counties around where I live. I suspect that folk just like to make fun of others, and don't like to look at the problems in their own house or community.

This is not to say that there is not a problem in Tiger Ridge. But it may be exaggerated. Also, in my "research" I've come across communities which match the description of the inbred community, close-knit, suspicious of outsiders, what have you, in our county, in adjacent counties. Some of these include Brownstown near the Okefenokee, Manningstown not far from Doctortown, famed for its little cavalry skirmish during Sherman's March, and River Run on the Altamaha, in Tattnall County.

I haven't found anything to confirm what exactly the Feds did or did not do. Still looking. Incidentally, Maggie, there has been and still is fresh blood moving in all around Effingham. You can tell by all the building, development, real estate activity, fancy new vehicles, including SUVs, Jaguars, Mercedes. Maybe the yuppies like perpetrating the story of Tiger Ridge to keep Blacks, Hispanics, Liberals, and other undesirables from trying to move in. Just a hypothesis. Whatchy'all think?

Have a great day, folks. Keep it real.

Posted by: JP on August 25, 2005 03:17 AM

i heard tale that tiger ridge was a place where a bunch of hippies went and started a commune.... and stayed. they just bred with each other.
from what i am seeing here, it is just a tale.

Posted by: DIANE on December 28, 2005 12:32 PM

I am from the place you call Tiger Ridge -

and I can here it coughing all night long -

I would be more worried about the woods out side my house than the place itself

how come bitter - bitter

Posted by: Don on July 17, 2006 12:45 AM

I remember the olds stories about the place. I recall that in the early 70's some of the folks got jobs in town- trash pick up and the like. Previously they sort of stayed to themselves...Rincon and Springfield and the communities started to help them get more education , esp. with regard to the detriments of in-breeding. The word I had was that they were slowly beginning to move out of their older practices. Of course it probably hasn't stopped completely. I don't recommend going to gawk..Everyone I'd ever " met" from there were....different (looking and acting) but civil and decent.

Posted by: Joe on September 6, 2006 10:04 AM

i am moving to rincon and am hearing all kinds of bad things about this place please tell me the truth

Posted by: Courtney on October 3, 2006 04:50 PM

I am writing a chick lit book loosely based on Tiger Ridge. I am poking fun at the rumors and misconceptions of these people and the predjudice of good ole boys in general. If you have any information you would like to share. I would love to hear it.

Posted by: mel on January 30, 2007 04:53 PM

i have lived in rincon for 20 years and im 20 years old and i have never been in tiger ridge or even met anyone from tiger ridge!

Posted by: dana on August 8, 2007 09:11 PM

I have lived in Effingham for 35 years and know several people who live in "Tiger Ridge". Most of the inbreeding has died down, no one has oversized heads or 12 fingers. It is just a small, community of very nice people. They won't hurt you or kill you or use you for gator bait LOL!!! It is really odd to live here and know these people, and then read some of the stuff that is out there about them.

Posted by: Lorrie on October 11, 2007 06:17 PM

I went there last night to see the light show. the lights were not up yet. so we talked to the locals. the locals were messed up some looked like trolls. 200 yards on both sides of Tiger Ridge road there is a sign that say Blind Area (which is a major sign of im-breed) The story is true. The man who when the Edwards near Clio do not live on Tiger Ridge anymore meaning they have left there and married out of the family. The people who live off the road are truely werid people. If you are looking on going on a freak hunt this is a trippy place.... This is No lie. I went there 9:00PM on Dec. 1, 2007. Watch you back and bring a car load of people. The family was sitting around a fire barrell on the corner of Tiger Ridge to stop people before turning in.

Posted by: Michael on December 2, 2007 05:33 PM

I used to live in Springfield and Rincon in the early/mid 70s. I worked at the bank there, what used to be C&S Bank, and had occasion to meet some of the Tiger Ridge people.

The men were all short and thin, while the women were almost always short and obese. Some of the men did have some weird features, like this one guy who was bug-eyed. Another had a strangely contorted mouth. Still, nice people, though personal hygiene was not a strong suit.

One Saturday, a couple came in, wanted to borrow $50. Jeez, the fee on that would drive the API through the roof, so I tried to discourage them. Turned out the needed it for funeral expenses. Their son had been killed in a tractor accident. How do you respond to that?

Sometimes you just make the loan. Tough deal.

Posted by: Roger Snowden on April 10, 2008 04:15 PM

You want video of Tiger Ridge?

Check the link

Posted by: Caveman on November 8, 2008 01:44 PM

I know some Edwards, in Clyo, and they are some of the nicest people I've ever met. Yes, one or two have large heads, but, yanno, you couldn't cut their tongues out, and prop their mouths open, and rent 'em out as a parking garage, or anything.Others have funny looking limbs, and, ambulate a little oddly, but, they are pretty squared away, mentally. But, don't go up there, gawking, and pointing, and laughing because they just might shoot you, and, frankly, you'd deserve it. Good luck with your thesis, there's already a coffee table book out about them.

Posted by: Tim Oliver on November 18, 2008 03:05 PM

I knew Tiger Ridgers in 1940's when my father was minister to a Methodist church in the area. It was an old community at that time. They were friendly, decent and uneducated people. In the US, marrying family, "cousins," or "kissing kin" dates back to the settling of this country and to the entire eastern seaboard. The custom followed settlers westward. With increased immigration and education, this practice has been mostly eliminated. Don't be so quick to judge. There are "Bubbas" in every one of the six states where I've lived as well as inbreds in the three foreign countries I've called home. If you go to LA and other large US cities, you can sit around a fire and need to "watch your back, too." People are people and some are less fortunate. Tiger Ridge is no exception.

Posted by: Margie Barden on December 2, 2008 10:14 AM

on December 12, 2008. me and my boyfriend went to tiger ridge to try and find the supposed Christmas show of lights. our driving experience once we got on sister ferry rd. was very weird. there were no lights on the road other than the lights on our car. we saw woods miles and miles long on both sides of the street. this place was eerie. I told my boyfriend to turn around and let's get the hell out of there. we never found the supposed Christmas lights that was posted on the internet. a strange car followed us all the way to the end of the road, I think we sort of panicked and pulled over slightly until the car went around us. my boyfriend said he want to go back. I agreed to go but only during the daytime. something about that town just did not sit right with my spirit, and I was in the car.

Posted by: Wannie on December 13, 2008 12:59 AM

In 2002 I had the privelege of working with a Tiger Ridge ridge lady that had been placed in a Nursing Home by the government.
She hated it!! and should have never been taken out of the environment she was raised in. She sat in her room alone all day long, lonely, She could spit a stream of toba cco juice miles and could usually hit me if |I didn't have a cookie to hand her to be my *friend*
Why take them out of their natural surroundings and place them in a strange environment at an old age?

Posted by: stitcin on September 26, 2009 12:36 AM
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