The 2014 edition of Vann House Days will get underway at 10:00 tomorrow (Saturday) morning at the Vann House Historic Site in Spring Place. The program, originally held in 1978, commemorates the state-wide effort of the 1950's which resulted in the purchase, preservation, restoration, and re-opening of North Georgia's oldest brick mansion as a museum in 1958.
There will be tours, displays, and, most of all, living history demonstrations to interest visitors of all ages. Among the demonstrations planned are basket weaving, quilting, carding and spinning, finger weaving, loom weaving, a working blacksmith forge, Indian style jewelry, beadwork, churning butter, making straw "ticks" or mattresses and pillows, chair caning, drying fruits and vegetables, blow gun demonstrations, and corn shelling and grinding.
War of 1812 re-enactors will be on hand and there will be black powder firing demonstrations as well. A new display of farm implements, carpentry tools, and blacksmithing items donated by Carlton McDaniel and Max Williams, will also be unveiled.
Concessions will be available and regular admission fees will apply. The program will conclude at 4 p.m. For more information call the site at 706-695-2598.
Spring Place Community Festival
“Spring Place: From Moravians to You” is the theme for the 17th Annual Spring Place Community Festival set for Saturday, August 16 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. A new and used book sale, food concessions, a bake sale, an indoor and outdoor flea market, a raffle, and other activities will begin at 8 a.m. Highlighting the day is the auction which will include artist prints, paintings, book sets, antiques, rugs, and gift cards donated by area businesses! The auction will begin at 10:00.
The day will also feature a display of historic Family Bibles from area residents. Local author Faye Junkins Gibbons will be the festival to sign copies of her new novel Halley. Proceeds from the festival will go to the Old Spring Place Methodist Church Preservation Fund of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Spring Place Ruritan Club. For more information contact 706-695-2740 or 706-695-2110.
Get Your Historic Calendars from the WMHS!
Whitfield-Murray Historical Society 2014 Wall Calendars
The WMHS has 2014 wall calendars that feature events, structures, and personalities tied to the Dalton area during the Civil War years. Each month has a photo or illustration with a brief summary of the story behind it. The full story can be found in WMHS publications.
A tintype of Reuben Harrison Nations is featured on the cover. Other personalities appearing in the calendar are General Joseph E. Johnston, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Joseph Franklin Ballenger Jackson, Tilman Howard Pitner, Dr. John Fergus Groves, and General William J. Hardee. Also featured: The great snowball fight, corduroy roads, Chester House, homes used as headquarters, and the General locomotive.
These make wonderful keepsakes. Sold at the Crown Gardens & Archives and Pat's Antiques in Chatsworth for $8.00$4.00 each. Your purchase helps the WMHS continue its work preserving local history for future generations. Thanks for your support. For more information call 706 278-0217 between 10-5, T-F and 9-1 Saturdays.
Murray County 2014 Calendars on Sale
The Historic Murray County Calendar for 2014 is on sale now at the following locations: Pat’s Antiques, First National Community Bank of Chatsworth, and the WMHS Archives and History Center in Dalton. The theme for 2014 is “People and Places” and the cost is $7.00. All money earned goes toward the preservation of the Historic Wright Hotel in Chatsworth and is its only fundraiser at this time.
Several older copies from previous years are also available for 25 – 50 cents each at both Pat’s Antiques and the WMHS Archives now and at the Wright Hotel when tours are conducted in the spring and fall. These calendars are a wonderful way to enjoy a personal collection of the history of Murray County in pictures.
Be sure to purchase yours today and take a walk through the history of several “People and Places” of Murray County in the pages of the new 2014 calendar. The Wright Hotel Committee and the WMHS thank you!
July 2014 Peacock Quill Newsletter
Trivia Question for July
Question:In Murray County's earliest days, the suggestion was made to rename Spring Place in honor of a U.S. Secretary of War. Who was he? (Hint--the name did not take in Murray County, but a very popular Christmas flower was later named for him.)
Answer: Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), an American physician and diplomat from South Carolinia.While his name did not take in Murray county, he is the “eponym of Poinsett County, Arkansas; Poinsett Highway, Poinsett Bridge, and Poinsett State Park in South Carolina; Lake Poinsett in South Dakota; and the poinsettia, a popular Christmas plant.”
Engraved Alder wood ornament depicting our latest property the Cook-Huff House c. 1857. Only $15.00 the dimensions are 4x3.5-inches, available at the Crown Gardens & Archives. The artwork was made from a 1913 photograph that is engraved onto the wood. This makes a perfect “stocking stuffer” gift that also supports a worthy cause. Your purchase helps the WMHS continue its work preserving local history for future generations. Thank you for your support!