The Cox Plantation Annual Hog Killin' Time Barbecue

 2000 The Smuteye Grit Paper 1999


SMUTEYE - Once again, we write to invite you, our friends from near and far, to gather in Smuteye and celebrate the beginning of hog killin' time.

This year, our autumn feast coincides with a landmark birthday for Major. -- He'll be 60 years young on the 12th!
[You may know that traditionally this feast was held by Major’s great grandfather, Major, to celebrate his grandson, Charles’ birthday.]

To help us celebrate, read my note below.

The day promises to provide an afternoon of  good food with great friends and fun-filled fall activities.

Guest of HonorWayne Jones will once again head the team of Pig Roasters, assisted by John Moore and John D. Cox. Roasting will start Friday evening and is expected to take at least 14 hours. A few brave souls will spend the night camped around the hickory and oak bonfire that produces coals for the pit.

The plantation offers hospitality and lodging for guests assisting Wayne and John. Call if you’d like to be one of the few, the brave. . .

Margaret & Major serving the feast!We begin the hospitality around noon.  The fires will be toasting tempting treats and the property will be open for tours and hikes. The pork procession will start around 2:30 pm on Saturday.  At that time, we will gather for the traditional photo and a few comments for the honoree and then dive into the feast.

Margaret will continue the tradition and build a fire under the 80-gallon cast iron syrup kettle to create her Fabulous, Four-alarm, Fifty-gallon chili. Hobson promises to barbecue some more of his special delicacies. In addition, guests are invited to bring salads, vegetables, desserts, and beverages to add spice to the banquet.

We will start the bonfire as soon as temperatures allow.  We expect Chick Cleveland to return to serve as Fire Master, managing the wood gatherers around the fire pit.

The usual activities of hiking, touring the historic cabins, running in the fresh air and feeding uncountable peanuts and apples to the goats and horses will all be available.

Be sure to bring your appetite!

Call us if you need a detailed map!


The Eleventh Annual hog killin' time Whole Hog Barbecue

Nov. 11, 2000

Cox Plantation in Smuteye.

Festivities start around noon. The Pork Procession (serious eating) and Birthday Comments will begin about 2:30 p.m.  
We'll also have a bonfire as the day cools.

Please let us know if you can join us!


Nov. 5, 2000
(334) 264-9714
(334) 474-3271

Don't forget to RSVP!


We can't wait to see you!   Don't forget that this is an outdoor event.  Be sure to dress comfortably and casually!  Bring a jacket or sweater to complement the brisk autumn air.   In other words..."No high heels."




A Landmark Celebration

What do you give the man who has everything?  Certainly not a gift!

To help celebrate, I am putting together a Memories Album for Major containing best wishes, stories and mementos from family and friends.  If you would like to join in the fun, bring your thoughts, stories, photos, or other "appropriate" items for inclusion in the album.  I will have materials ready to assemble it on the spot!

Thank you,




Goats born March 1999 - 2 femalesSome piebald beef cattle (Hereford-Angus cross bovines) have joined our farm entourage.  We have 4 cows and are getting ready to put some in the freezer.

Our African Pygmy - Bullock County Ranger Goats (caprines) are showing off several babies (we won’t be serving any).  

Our horse herd is boasting a new addition, Halo, a palomino filly born June 12th to Hera from Heaven and Hero (equines). They will be happy to visit, but not ride (other than a few photo ops).








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