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Charles “Ches” McCartney with his goat-drawn wagon on Highway 19 in Georgia in October 1958.

Events celebrate life, memories of Goat Man

In celebration of 200 years of Pike County history, the J. Joel Edwards Public Library will host a special showing of The Life and Times of Ches McCartney (remembered by most as the Goat Man) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, courtesy of JHC Entertainment. 

More stories of the American folklore legend will be shared at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library. 

Charles “Ches” McCartney (1901–1998), also known as the Goat Man, was an American itinerant wanderer who traveled up and down the eastern U.S. from 1930 to 1987 in a ramshackle wagon pulled by a team of goats. He claimed to have covered more than 100,000 miles and visited all states except Hawaii. His goats couldn’t swim that far, he said, and if they could, “they’d just end up eating the grass skirts off the hula dancers anyway”.

He was a familiar sight to many travelers and vacationers during those years, and one difficult to not notice or remember. McCartney was the subject of numerous newspaper articles over the years, many of which are collected in the book ‘America’s Goat Man (Mr. Ches McCartney).

For more about the events, call the library at 770-567-2014.

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