Eddie Owens Martin created Pasaquan after he became ill and a voice from the spirit world spoke to him. He would become a Pasaquoyan named St. EOM (pronounced ohm, like the chant). He would be the sole priest and practitioner of this Spanish and Oriental (his words) religion. He had ran away to New York City at 14 and was a street hustler and fortune teller until he returned to his childhood home in Georgia to create this eclectic paradise. He remained here until his suicide in 1986, telling fortunes and gaining a reputation as a healer and someone who could talk to snakes. He was accused of cursing people and he embraced those stories.
My friend Lori had visited this site mid-restoration a few years back. I was not sure what I was in for but she was and packed accordingly...meaning we had a trunk full of costumes. Hippies dresses, prom dresses and a shark costume were just a few of the gems packed in her bag of tricks.
We even inspired the care taker to pull out his glitter cape and join in the fun.
We arrived later than we planned and only had about an hour to explore before it closed for the weekend. Luckily we had the entire place to ourselves!
Pasaquan is located in Buena Vista, GA. It is not close to anything. We stopped in the Dime Store, which doubles as the chamber of commerce and was directed to Annie D's for the best fried chicken in the state. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! The four of us ate like kings and even bought dessert to go for under $40.