Come Away with Me…to The Judson House

Wait ’til you see how I spent my Saturday morning.

When I was little, two things made me feel grownup and ladylike–drinking coffee and antiquing with my mother, sister, and grandmother. I couldn’t wait to visit The Judson House Coffee House and Southern Gifts in Bethlethem, Georgia.

Stepping onto the wide front porch, I was a child again.

Husband and wife Ricky and Lindsey Brown restored a hundred-year-old white clapboard house into a gathering place for old friends to connect and new friendships to bloom.

Ricky and Lindsey Brown--The Judson House

Lindsey says it’s been a labor of love involving the whole family. Her father financed the idea and Ricky’s dad cleared the front forty. Ricky and Lindsey did ninety percent of the restoration themselves. Their moms take turns serving customers. The Browns envision a screen porch out back and will soon open the upstairs.

The Judson House is full of passion, creativity, and love. They’ve discovered gifted artists through  and everywhere you look, there’s something wonderfully unique.



In just a few weeks, The Judson House has already provided a warm atmosphere for a book club meeting, a baby, shower, and a small church get-together.

The Browns  named their shop in honor of Judson Moore–a gospel songwriter from the late 1800’s–the man who chose the name “Bethlehem” for this picturesque town in north Georgia.

They’re hosting a Christmas Celebration December 8th from 6-9 p.m. On December 17th, guests will be treated to live music from an acoustic guitarist. Talk about everybody using their talents~~

There’s a nostalgic sweetness about The Judson House–a spot in Bethlehem, Georgia, where we can “encourage one another and build each other up.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ISV)





  1. Mike says:

    Thanks Julie! I plan to visit soon.

  2. Brenda Osborne says:

    Sounds like a unique place to visit! I really enjoy your writing style.
    Keep posting~

  3. Pamela says:

    I am looking forward to visiting as soon as I can!

    • There’s something special about the place. I’d never been until Saturday–met Lindsey, her mom, and mother-in-law for the first time that day. Sweet, sweet people.

  4. Looks like the perfect place to have a cup of hot tea with a very good friend. Want to join me when I get out there to Georgia someday?
    Hugs & love,

  5. We need to do an ACFW WORD chapter field trip! What a place of inspiration!!

  6. Barb King says:

    Just beautiful…..would love to see

  7. Bethlehem …what a perfect name for a town. I love this old house J, and the idea of a shop with a coffee shop is simply divine. I want to come see you for the day and go! Can we get them to have a gluten-free cupcake day maybe once a month!!!!?

  8. We can try, Robin. They’re working on a lunch menu–should have it up and running in the next few months. If they don’t have GF cupcakes, we’ll bring our own. 🙂

  9. Inspiring! I’d like to go and stay for a writing retreat. 🙂

  10. Deborah Jiles Griffith says:

    I am a descendent of Judson and have one of his songbooks. Is your store open? I would love to visit. I am from Atlanta and visited my grandparents regularly in the 1960’s in Bethlehem.

    • Hey Deborah. No, the store went out of business. 🙁 I loved it, too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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