New life for the red barn
UGA’s iconic red barn is headed to a new home in Oconee County on land owned by alumnus Tony Townley, executive vice president and co-founder of Zaxby’s. Townley, who attended UGA until 1985 but finished his degree at Georgia Southern University, will move the barn, now on College Station Road, to a farm he purchased from UGA earlier this year. Townley’s history with the property, which UGA used as a plant sciences farm, goes back many years; it was once owned by his great-grandfather. The 11,616-square-foot barn has been on its present site since 1997. Built nearly 100 years ago, the barn was first used by the university to house horses and mules.