Paula Deen opens cottage at Merry Acres Inn

Paula Deen opens cottage at Merry Acres Inn
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Many folks waited to catch a glimpse of Albany native Paula Deen.

"Born and raised honey at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in the old section," Paula Deen said.

Despite the heat people stood outside as she open the doors of the Paula Deen Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.  Deen says she appreciates the support.

"I so appreciate seeing the faces since I was a itty bitty child," Paula Deen said.

And Deen saw some familiar faces in the crowd.

"Bobby Tedder I've known him since he was knee high to a grass hopper," Paula Deen said.

"If you knew Paula you knew that she was going to be somebody," Bobby Tedder said.

Deen and Tedder grew up together. Deen even featured a Tedder family sloppy joe recipe on one of her shows. 

"Honey I thought it was the best thing I'd ever put in my mouth. And to this day I still make that sloppy joe," Paula Deen said.

Tedder sees the cottage as a great way to show case the hometown woman.

"I thought that this would be a good place where to show everybody where Paula ya'll," Bobby Tedder said. 

It was another longtime friend of Deen's who came up with the idea to transform the old Rock House at Merry Acres Inn  into the Paula Deen Cottage. When Deen took a look at it today she was pleased. 

"I just adore it," Paula Deen said.

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