Captain John Thomas Ware (1844 – 1909)

Capt John Thomas Ware
Added by: East Point Historical Society.

Capt. J. T. Ware was passenger conductor on the Atlanta & West Point Route (AW&P), only running as far as West Point, Ga., the western terminus of that railroad.

When the East Tennessee Virginia and Georgia Railroad, now the Southern Railway, laid their tracks from Rome to Macon, Capt. Ware became connected with the road as conductor, where he held forth until his health became so bad he resigned, came home and went into the poultry business, brooding registered chickens, duck, ect. His hobby was the Shawl Neck Games, he raised hundreds of them, selling the cocks at very high prices because they were the most popular fighting brood, and shipped them all over the United States. He also raised a great many Pekin Ducks (also known as Long Island Ducks.)

It was an interesting sight to visit his poultry yard, and see him take his ducks for their daily swim. He built a fish pond in a ravine and turned it over to his ducks. His ducks seemed to know when their hour of romping came, and they would tag around his heels until he opened the gate and let them out. It wasn’t necessary to drive them to the pond, they would run and fly to get there.

Mr. Ware later became the manager of the Cold Spring Cue Club, where he became nationally known for his unusual skills at the barbecue pit, and his extra ordinary Brunswick stew, which he canned and sold all over the United States. Capt. Ware was nationally know for his skill in flavoring his barbecue, he could stand 50 feet away from the cooking barbecue and from the smell would dictate how much more flavoring and spice the meat should have applied. It was a natural gift. It was a sad day for the Cue Club as well as for the town of East Point when Capt. Ware died and the famous barbecues were put to an end.

Capt John Thomas Ware
Added by: East Point Historical Society.


Oakland Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA



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