COST: $125 for the first participant from family and $100 for each additional participant from family.
LUNCH: Camper will bring their lunch/drink daily.
FOOTWEAR: Campers will need to wear socks and good walking shoes. No sandals or flip flops
ACTIVITIES: Learn about history in this area. At some sites you may play games of the past or perhaps make a craft.
SITES FOR MURRAY INCLUDE: Chatsworth Depot, Chief Vann House, Wright Hotel, Old Spring Place Methodist Church, God’s Acre, and more!
SITES FOR WHITFIELD INCLUDE: Blunt House, Crown Gardens, Dug Gap Battlefield Park, Hamilton House Museum, Huff House, Prater’s Mill, Civil War Tunnel, Creative Arts Guild, and more!
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Crown Garden and Archives/ History Center 715 Chattanooga AVE. Dalton, GA 30720. Call 706-278-0217 Email email@example.com Website whitfield-murrayhistoricalsociety.org
Forms and money must be received by May 29 at the Archives PO Box 6180 Dalton, GA 30722 or delivered to 715 Chattanooga Ave. Dalton, GA.
After registration you will be sent more camp information.
Third Annual Huffabaloo
The May Day Festival will be held at the Huff House Property of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society May 7, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The festival serves as a reminder of our heritage and a fun experience of old-fashion games for children of all ages.
The tour of the house will recreate the historical day of General Cleiburne’s proposal to General Joseph E. Johnston of the Confederacy to arm slaves in exchange for their freedom at the conclusion of the Civil War. Also portrayed will be the story of the Huff family (1892-1972).
The May Pole Dance will be presented on the front lawn with lively music, and groups of Scouts will present stories of other important historical figures of our local area. The backyard festivities will be enhanced by a pavilion provided by the Strain Family Foundation. Local musicians will play and sing tunes while children hunt for coins or dinosaurs in piles of sand. The festival will feature a climbing wall for ages 5 and up, but all ages can attempt walking on stilts.
This year’s featured author will be Carolyn Curry who will lecture on her book “Suffer and Grow Strong.” It is the story of a true Scarlet O’Hara during the Civil War as recorded in 42 years of diaries. Magician Tim Friday will return and Edward Casey will be showcasing his outstanding silhouettes.
The plans to house a Civil War museum in the house adjoining the Huff House on the north side will come closer to reality with the proceeds from the festival. The intent of Huffabaloo is to benefit the renovation and restoration of the historical property and to keep our history within the minds and hearts of area citizens.
With local restaurants providing food and treats for sale and an auction of fine merchandise from Dalton stores, the experience will create a magical afternoon.
For more information on the festival or tours and exhibits in the house, visit the Facebook page huffhousedalton or contact Mary Hardin at 706-529-8082.
Tours, Trains and More in Downtown Chatsworth - 2017
The Chatsworth Depot and The Wright Hotel, located at the corner of Market Street and First Avenue in downtown Chatsworth were local gathering places in the city’s early days over a century ago. On April 8, and on several “Second Saturdays” after that, the sites will recall that tradition as music, trains, history, and socializing again bring folks to these historic buildings. Tours and a model train expo will delight visitors of all ages from noon until 5 p.m. this Saturday. Chatsworth Ford is the sponsor of the exhibit and there is no admission charged.
The depot was constructed in 1905 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as the company brought a main rail line to the west of the Appalachians. At that time, there were no TV’s or rural telephones (cell or landline) and little radio. News was spread primarily by word of mouth, and news first arrived in towns, including Chatsworth, at the depot as trains from the north and south came through town. The depot was extra important as a communications center since it also housed a telegraph office as well.
Trains carried people and products into and out of Chatsworth. Talc was a major export for Chatsworth and is featured in displays at the Depot. Products ordered by local residents from faraway places and the U.S. Mail were delivered by train. Trains and depots were vitally important to Murray County and its residents.
A unique piece of local history will also be highlighted in a 1:00 p.m. ceremony as the caboose will be dedicated at its new home beside the Depot. The caboose was constructed about 1960 and last used by CSX (a successor to the old L & N Railroad) in the mid-1980’s. It was donated to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society by the Tom Moreland Family in memory of Mrs. Evelyn Terry Moreland. Both the Terry and Moreland families were pioneer residents of Chatsworth—in fact, Mr. J.N. Moreland sold the land that became much of today’s city.
The Wright Hotel, where train passengers often spent the night, was constructed in 1909 and operated into the 1960’s. This three-story structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will be open for tours as well. The building features period furnishings along with historic displays of early Murray County history. On display for the first time will be a collection of “cobbler’s” (shoemaker’s) tools from the Sanders family of south Murray County and a “new” selection of hand tufted and chenille bedspreads from the historical society’s growing collection of locally made textiles.
For more information check both the Wright Hotel and Chatsworth Depot Facebook pages as well as the historical society website at www.whitfield-murrayhistoricalsociety.org.
Special Basket Display at the Vann House Historic Site
The Friends of the Vann House and the Vann House Historic Site are sponsoring a special display of baskets at the Spring Place site from now until the end of May.
Baskets were an important part of Cherokee culture, so the site has several "historic" baskets preserved and permanently displayed in its museum. Among them are a large "double weave" basket possibly dating back to the 1790's, a slave-made basket from the early 1800's, and a river cane basket found in the loft of an old Cherokee cabin in Murray County after the Trail of Tears in 1838-39.
A variety of old and more recent baskets made in the traditional manner by Cherokee craftspeople as well as by the Vann House basket lady, Margie Huffstetler of Adairsville, can be seen in the museum, the Vann House itself, and in the log cabins. Among them is a copy of "burden basket" used for carrying bigger loads, a couple of large baskets used for holding corn shucks in cribs throughout the area, and several baskets made from honeysuckle vines, and even one made from pine needles.
The Vann House is located at the intersection of GA Highways 225 and 52A, three miles west of Chatsworth. It is open Thursday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information and admission fees, call the site at 706-695-2598 or check Facebook and the GeorgiaStateParks.org website.
Chatsworth Historic Sites Looking for Volunteers!
Gearing up for a busy summer schedule, the Chatsworth Depot and Wright Hotel Committees of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society are looking for a "few good guides" to volunteer a Chatsworth's most historic places.
Docents are needed to greet visitors, work in the gift shop, answer general history questions, and even to help prepare the buildings for the 2017 Second Saturday openings from April through August. To prepare docents for these volunteer duties, the Society is offering training on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants will meet at the Wright Hotel on the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue in downtown Chatsworth to begin the morning and then move to the Depot to acquaint everyone with the stories of these buildings.
For more information and to sign up for duty, email Tim Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-695-2740.
Mark Your Calendars!
The Chatsworth Depot in downtown Chatsworth will host the annual ‘Model Train Expo’ on April 8, 2017 from noon until 5: 00 p.m. Model trains of various scales will be operating inside and outside of the depot. A dedication of the exterior caboose restoration will take place at 1pm at the caboose. Depot, Wright Hotel, and Section Foreman’s House will all be open for guided tours. Whitfield-Murray Historical Society event is provided free to the public by Chatsworth Ford.
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Copies of the Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools Available For Purchase!
The Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools by Ellen Keith Thompson is available for purchase. If you're interested in purchasing the book, please maila check payable to WMHS to P.O. Box 6180Dalton, GA. 30722 in the amount of $50 (includes shipping and handling). Or, you can purchase the book at the Crown Gardens & Archives for $45 located on 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA. 30722. All the proceeds from the books sales will the basis of the endowmenet fund for the 40th Anniversary.
Hours at Crown Garden and Archives!
To better serve our community we will now be open M-F 10am - 4pm. We will also be open by appointment on weekends and evenings for research and events! To make an appoinment please call during our business hours!
Hours at Blunt House, Hamilton House, and Huff House!
The Blunt House, The Hamilton House, and The Huff House are now open for historic tours on Fridays from 10:00 am. to 4: 00 pm. Please drop in between these hours to learn more about our local history!