All along the one paved road that's barely wide enough for a single car, and which winds its way throughout this tiny island, the Spanish moss blankets the towering oak trees that provide shade to most of the uninhabited land underneath.
It could be considered the quintessential portrait of Southern living.
No matter which direction you look, it's like something right out of a book, but here on Sapelo Island - one of the many barrier islands off the coast of Georgia - the 13-mile-long former slave colony is home to less than 50 permanent residents, many of whom are related to their most famous citizen - Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey.
The history of Sapelo Island is tangled among the very essence of the country as a whole - going back to the days before the Civil War.
For those who grew up here and call it home - all of whom are descendants of slaves who used to work on the island - the land under their feet is more than just a piece of property. It's a reminder of who they are and where they've come from.
At 6 feet 3 inches tall and almost 300 pounds, Allen grew to have the kind of size you might expect from a kid who grew up on Sapelo hunting wild boar, razorbacks and raccoons, while also clamming and fishing in the narrow, winding creek that snakes its way through the island.
This is life today on Sapelo.
The west side of the island is mostly marshland, stocked full of prime fishing holes, and also the second-oldest brick lighthouse in the country, built back in 1820 and then later renovated. The east side has white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see and rarely have more than a few people on it.
The most famous building on the island is the Reynolds Mansion, which can be rented out by tourists and is where Allen's mother and sister work as cooks to this day. Some of its most notable occupants throughout history are former United States Presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge, along with the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
"He talks to us all the time about (his hometown)," fellow Chiefs defensive lineman, Dontari Poe, said of his teammate. "So we know about the whole situation - about how country he is."
Allen is the second youngest of seven children, with three brothers - all of whom are 6 feet 3 or taller, and three sisters, each born a year apart. Together, they grew up running around this giant playground, as they describe their hometown.
Allen is a beast. We call him the 'Incredible Hulk.' When you walk up to him, you may think, 'Man, I'm scared of this guy,' because he's pretty yoked up."
- Derrick Johnson on Allen
Sapelo, or more specifically, Hog Hammock - the small community where most of the permanent residents live - is where Allen was taught the value of hard work by his father, Alfred, who passed away just three years ago this September. It's also where he learned how to be accountable to an entire community.
For some, this is the place Allen developed almost superhuman-like strength.
"Allen is a beast," veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson said of his teammate of five years. "We call him the 'Incredible Hulk.' When you walk up to him, you may think, 'Man, I'm scared of this guy,' because he's pretty yoked up. I mean, he's one of the strongest guys on the team, but he's also one of the nicest.
"He doesn't talk much - he's soft spoken, but when he gets on the field, he makes a lot of noise."
That combination of size and strength developed over time for Allen, and the force he displays on the field has been praised by some of the best in the game.
After the Week 6 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings last year, Adrian Peterson, the All-Pro running back who was held to just 60 yards on 26 carries that day, said, "I'll tell you this, No. 97 (Bailey) grabbed me one time and swung me down.
Allen against the Vikings in Week 6 of the 2015 season
"I was able to feel the force that he had - that guy is extremely strong."
Allen was a part of a defensive front that held Peterson to one of the lowest outputs of what could be a Hall of Fame career for the Vikings star running back when it's all said and done. Allen had 8 tackles, 3 of which resulted in a loss on the play, 3 quarterback hits and a sack.
He was dominant that day, but the imposing nature of Allen didn't reveal itself immediately when he first started playing the game.
"Allen was always clumsy," Mary Bailey, Allen's mother, explained of him as a kid. "He would fall down a lot and the kids would laugh at him - his sisters would laugh at him. That was the funniest thing about him growing up being clumsy, because he's playing professional football now."
Mary Bailey, Allen's mother
The nickname he was given at school, obviously, didn't follow him for long either.
"He was called Cupcake in high school because he didn't hit hard enough," Mary explained. "He used to hit too soft, so they called him Cupcake."
If his mother hadn't have said it herself, there would be no reason to believe this could be true, and as Peterson can attest, it's fair to assume nobody is still calling him this today.