Local Author Faye Gibbons to be Part of Spring Place Festival
The 2014 version of the annual Spring Place Community Festival, set for Saturday, August 16 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church, will also feature a visit by local author Faye Junkins Gibbons who will be autographing copies of her newest book entitled HALLEY. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Born at Carters Quarter in southeast Murray County, Faye grew up in Whitfield County, graduating from North Whitfield High School. After attending Berry College she returned home as a teacher at the same school. She and her husband, Benjamin, have lived in Deatsville, Alabama for most of their marriage, but Faye still has family and friends in our area.
A published author for more than three decades, Faye's work includes young adult novels such as SOME GLAD MORNING, MIGHT CLOSE TO HEAVEN, AND KING SHOES AND CLOWN POCKETS as well as a collection of "scary" stories from the North Georgia Mountains entitled HOOK MOON NIGHT. She's written a number of children's books, too. Among them are MOUNTAIN WEDDING, MAMA AND ME AND THE MODEL T, THE DAY THE PICTURE MAN CAME, FULL STEAM AHEAD, NIGHT IN THE BARN, and EMMA JO'S SONG. Other credits include a juvenile biography of Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto and stories published in newspapers and magazines such as HIGHLIGHTS.
Faye writes in the tradition of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins, and Katerine Paterson, creating stories of rural life that feature the importance of family and the land. Most of her books have North Georgia settings.
HALLEY, published by NewSouth Books in Montgomery, AL, is the story of a family living in the north Georgia mountains during the Great Depression. Fourteen-year-old Halley Owenby, her younger brother, Robbie, and their parents, Jim and Kate, manage to get by until Jim dies suddenly in an accident. Kate decides that she and her children have no choice but to move in with her parents. Halley's grandfather Franklin is a fire-and-brimstone preacher who runs a strict and joyless household. He also claims any money the women in his household earn and is just "waiting for the Rapture" as he says. Halley yearns for some control of her own life, and, most of all, for an education which she believes will allow her choices in life. Little does she suspect that such dreams might actually come true.
Faye Gibbons has received both the Georgia Author of the Year Award and the Alabama Author Award. She will have copies of some of her earlier books at the festival as well.
The Festival will open at 8 and close by 2:00. Faye will be there throughout the morning. For more information call 706-695-2740.
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!