Left to right: Cherokee doll handmade at Vann House; Moravian doll created in Old Winston- Salem, NC; two dolls from 1920's; Santa Claus from 1920's; old man doll crated at local fair in the 1980's; Tar Baby doll handmade by Phyllis Earnest who presented Uncle Remus stories to Murray County schoolchildren for several years; Navajo Indian doll purchased Out West where Kate Wright Raine was a public health nurse
Open hotel register from 1941-81 at the Wright House
The open hotel register in the picture above from 1941-1980 and another hotel register from 1921-1941 will be shown at Black Bear Festival at the Wright House. The dolls in the picture above will also be on display at the festival on October 21-22.
Happenings at Chatsworth’s Historic Wright Hotel
The Wright Hotel has been a landmark in downtown Chatsworth for well over a century. It anchors a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the dominant features of the city’s landscape. The structure, owned by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is also a busy place this summer.
The Hotel will be open for tours during the last of the 2017 Second Saturday events on August 12 from noon until 5 p.m. Well-informed volunteers, some of whom knew the Wright Family personally, will again be on hand to share stories, provide information, and guide visitors through the three-story building. Along the way, visitors will see a large collection of family furniture that has been in the Hotel since its construction in 1909 along with other period furnishings donated by a number of local residents and Society members. A recent addition is an antique “cheese dish” donated by Carey Mitchell of Dalton whose family lived in Chatsworth from its earliest days.
For the August opening, a varied assortment of vintage chenille bedspreads, both machine and handmade, will be on display along with a collection of antique cameras owned by Dale Lowman, long time historical society member and chairman of the Wright Hotel Committee. Included in the display will be a famous “Brownie” camera, Polaroids, and lots of others which will tell the story of photography in the 20th century. Other special displays include shoemaker’s tools, World War II era letters, and children’s items from the first half of the 1900’s. As usual, the gift shop will be open which offers a variety of books, maps, notecards, postcards, research materials—several of which are “on sale” for the summer.
The Hotel, which is nearly 110 years old, is also in the middle of a fundraising campaign to give the interior of the building a “facelift”. The plaster is in dire need of repair, several rooms desperately need a new coat of paint, and some of the plumbing is not very dependable. Donations toward the $5,000 project have already been received from Dr. Ellen Thompson of Cohutta and Paul & Glenda Houston of Knoxville. Gifts can be sent to the WMHS at 329 Hwy 225 South, Chatsworth, 30705 –or dropped off in one of the donation jar during the August opening.
The Second Saturday tours are free, but donations are encouraged. The Chatsworth Depot will also be open during the afternoon of August 8. Prior to the final performance in the “Encore Concert Series at the Depot at 5 p.m. The Concert features Murray County’s own Kingdom Seekers gospel quartet.
For more information about the Wright Hotel check Facebook and the Historical Society’s website. The Hotel is also available for group tours as well as showers, reunions, receptions, weddings, and meetings by calling Mr. Ralph Ausmus at 706-695-9808.
Spring Place Community Festival is August 19
“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.
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!