The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announce the next ‘Encore Concert @ the Chatsworth Depot’ will be Saturday, July 8. Guided tours of the Wright Hotel & Chatsworth Depot will be available 12 noon until 5 pm. The featured Encore Concert will take the stage at 5 pm in the freight room with Chattanooga’s Tin Cup Rattlers. This is a free event sponsored by Peeples Funeral Home, First National Community Bank, & Paula’s Flowers. The Tin Cup Rattlers perform soulful renditions of traditional Appalachian music. This group is composed of husband and wife, Jeff and Marcy Paulson, and last appeared at the depot in June of 2015. The concert is indoors, climate controlled, and limited seating is provided.
The depot will feature model trains operating during the July opening. Stan Rogers G-Scale model train will be running on the display created a couple years ago by the Georgia Garden Railway Society. A new addition, will be the HO Scale train of Ed Campbell. Ed was a popular retired Murray County educator and local pastor that passed away. His family recently donated the model train layout to the Whitfield- Murray Historical Society and it will be operating July 8th .
The Chatsworth Depot was the first public building constructed in the new town of Chatsworth in 1905. It was built by the L & N Railroad. In 1988, the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society took possession from the railroad and had the depot moved about a block and a half north-west of the original location. A Seaboard Coast Line/L & N caboose was added to the property by a donation of Tom Moreland and family in the early 1990’s. The depot’s passenger waiting room has been set aside as a Talc Museum. The station agent’s office has displays of railroad lanterns, books, tools, and track date nails. The Freight room has the mural from the Chatsworth First Baptist Church’s centennial play, a display from Dr. Bradley (the official railroad doctor), AMTRAK conductor Shaun Knowles memorabilia collection, and some original artwork on display. Recent restoration projects have been partially completed on the depot and caboose with more to come as donations allow.
The Wright Hotel was built near the depot as a ‘railroad hotel’ in the first decade of the 1900’s. The hotel is furnished with appropriate period furniture. Some personal items belonging to the original owners and their family is on display in the hotel as well. Members of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will be on hand to give guided tours of both properties. Both of the properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. All events of the July openings including entrance, tours, trains, and concerts are free courtesy of Peeples Funeral Home, Chatsworth First National Community Bank, and Paula’s Flowers.
Please join us in honoring the memories of a multitude of women who were fundamental in the history of the Whitfield County area. This event serves to pay tribute to the legacy and continuing influence of these women. From stories of the creation of the first public library by the Dalton Women's Club to the philanthropic work of legendary women, including Gertrude "Tut" McFarland & Lenna Judd, to the creation of the School For Health Occupations headed by Grace Ward, these women have a continuing influence throughout our community. This event will warm your heart and your soul!
Event tickets include the following:
Buffet style brunch in the Hamilton Event Room at Crown Archives featuring a diverse collection of speakers reminiscing about memories of working first hand with many of these ladies & a discussion of the development & involvement of multiple women's groups in the Dalton area, such as the Lesche Club & the Dalton Women's Club.
Tour of the WMHS new exhibit "Wonder Women of Whitfield"
Tour of the Hamilton House focusing on additional displays of "Wonder Women of Whitfield"
Afternoon Tea at Hamilton House featuring violinist, Paula Pasqua
“Spring Place Memories” is the theme for the 20th Annual Spring Place Community Festival set for Saturday, August 19 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. A new and used book sale, food concessions, a bake sale, an indoor and outdoor flea market, T-shirts, 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, furniture, antiques, rugs, and gift cards donated by area businesses! The auction will begin at 10:00. The day will also feature displays featuring the photographic and archaeological history of this special town. 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.
Cherokee National Youth Choir to Perform at Vann House
The Cherokee National Youth Choir from Oklahoma will return to Spring Place for a free concert on the steps of the Chief Vann House on Thursday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and listen to some wonderful traditional Cherokee music.
The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs Cherokee songs in the Cherokee language. The choir is made up of 30-40 middle and high school age Cherokees from northeastern Oklahoma communities. The students compete in rigorous auditions every year for inclusion in the group.
CNYC was formed as a way to keep youth involved with the Cherokee language and culture. Choir members function as goodwill ambassadors, demonstrating that Cherokee language and culture continue to thrive in modern society. Founded in 2000, the group has recorded 12 CD's and has performed with such legendary artists as Foreigner, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
These beautiful voices show the strength of the Cherokee Nation and its culture 180 years after the Cherokee were forcibly removal from their homelands here in North Georgia on the infamous Trail of Tears. The goal of the Cherokee National Youth Choir is to increase awareness of Cherokee culture both within the Cherokee Nation as well as among the dominant culture.
The Cherokee National Youth Choir is funded solely by the Cherokee Nation. The Choir has performed at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, The White House, the National Cathedral, in New York City, at Dollywood, in Cherokee, NC, and at Mount Rushmore, as well as in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Through the success of the Cherokee National Youth Choir, interest in the Cherokee language has been rekindled among young people throughout the Cherokee Nation. Schools use the CDs as learning tools and are developing curriculum to teach Cherokee language and music.
The Vann House has long been the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation" in the east, is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is a certified stop on the National Trail of Tears Historic Route. One of the Cherokee removal camps was located at Spring Place and another at Fort Gilmer in southeast Murray County. The Vann House as well as the Robert E. Chambers Interpretive Center will also be open for tours both before and after the concert with a small admission charge.
For more information call the site at 706-695-2598.
‘Encore’ Concert Series continues at the Chatsworth Depot
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announces the continuation of free summer concerts at the Chatsworth Depot. “Encore Music at the Depot” features popular groups from the past two years of concerts who are returning to the depot this year. Concerts will continue each month through August on the second Saturday. All concerts start at 5:00pm and are held inside the depot.
Saturday, June 10th. will feature the Murray County FFA String Band. This group started playing together around 1978 and features members Mark Tatum, Jim Pankey, Bobby Patterson and Porky Davenport. Mike Davis was the faculty sponsor and advisor for the band. Members of the band have continued their musical putsuits and have played with some of the top bands and entertainers of our time. The Murray County FFA Sting Band played the Chatsworth Depot in November of 2015 to a packed house. That event was billed as a ‘Reunion’ concert, so the 2017 version is ‘Reunion II’. Come support the band as well as relive fond memories of the past!
June’s historic building tours and concert are sponsored by Bradley’s Ace Hardware. Future ‘Encore Music at the Depot’ will feature Marcy & Jeff Paulson, known as the ‘Tin Cup Rattlers’, Sponsored by Local Merchants Peeples Funeral Home, First National Bank, and Paula’s Florist on July 8, and Chatsworth’s own Kingdom Seekers sponsored by Bojangles, Krystal, and Captain D’s restaurants on August 12.
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is excited about the ‘Encore Music at the Depot’. The 1909 Wright Hotel and 1905 Chatsworth Depot will be open for guided tours starting at 12 noon and going until concert time. The public is invited to visit these historic buildings in downtown Chatsworth on June 10 and enjoy the free tours and ‘Encore Music at the Depot’ concert!
Vann House Days 2017
Vann House Days has been a highlight of the summer since 1978 and the 2017 edition promises to be every bit as exciting. Hosted by the Friends of the Vann House at the State Historic Site in Spring Place, GA, this year’s program will be Saturday, July 22 from 10am until 4pm and Sunday, July 23 from 12pm to 4pm.
Vann House Days is built around “living history” demonstrations featuring arts and crafts of the 1800’s. On Saturday the 22nd, local craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, blacksmithing, blowgun shooting, woodcarving, and much more. Sunday will feature local musicians playing music from the era, highlighting John Howard Payne and his “home, Sweet Home” composition that has a special connection to the Vann House.
Docents will guide visitors through the Vann mansion, the slave exhibit, and the Cherokee homestead on both days.
The R.E. Chambers Visitor Center will feature a short film and interpretive exhibits on the Vann Family and the Cherokee Nation. Admission to the site is $6.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, and $5.50 for youth 6-18. Children under six are admitted free. The Vann House is located three miles west of Chatsworth, Georgia at the intersection of GA Highways 52A and 225. For more information call 706-695-2598.
Event is June 9-10 at the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.–Discover your family history and Cherokee ancestry at the 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference hosted by the Cherokee Heritage Center.
The two-day event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.
Participants will also learn about various Cherokee Nation records that are now available online as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.
A discount is given to those who register before June 3. Pre-registration is $60 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $75 for nonmembers. The deadline is June 3. Registrations after June 3 are $70 for CNHS members and $85 for nonmembers.
The 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference will be held in the Osiyo Room at the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex. It is located at 17725 S. Muskogee Ave. in the same building as Restaurant of the Cherokees.
For more information, including accommodations and registration, please call (918) 456-6007, ext. 6162, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.
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!