All hail the Southern mule

Original tractor was boon to the region

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Tyler Hendrix, a graduate student in the public history program at Georgia Southern University, started researching mules after The Welter-Johnson Heritage Site in Statesboro invited him to help secure a historical marker for their mule barn, which Hendrix describes as the yesteryear equivalent of a car dealership. In the days before tractors, Georgia traders arranged to have mules shipped from Kentucky and Missouri so they could sell them to farmers who couldn’t plow their fields without four-legged assistance.

Hendrix agreed to share with The Food Section everything that Southern eaters ought to know about mules.


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