Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, 5 pm - 9 pm
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries in order to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, the Chief Vann House Historic Site will be holding its "Cherokee Christmas by Candlelight" on December 12th and 13th from 5 pm-9 pm nightly. The public is invited to come enjoy the sights and sounds of a nineteenth century Christmas in one of America's best-preserved Cherokee homes.
Several local musicians will be playing traditional 19th Century Christmas music including:
Jane Davis - Harpist - Friday from 5pm - 7pm
Matt Downer - Violin - Friday from 7pm - 9pm
Jim Pankey - Banjo - Saturday from 5pm - 9pm
The museum at the Vann House will also be open during the candlelight tours. Visitors can view museum exhibits and a short film before starting the tour. Luminaries will light the paths between the museum and the Vann mansion. Inside visitors may tour the house at their own pace with guides stationed throughout to answer questions. To end the tour, visitors may also tour four restored Cherokee log buildings also lit by candles. Complimentary hot apple cider and Moravian cookies will be served beside a warm fireplace inside Vann's reconstructed kitchen.
The admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $4.00 for youth. Children five and under are free.
The Vann House is located at the intersection of GA Hwy 225 and 52 Alternate, near Chatsworth, GA. Please contact the site at 706/ 695-2598 for more information.
November 2014 Peacock Quill Newsletter
Trivia Question for November
Question:In may have been the first case in north Georgia of "urban sprawl." What present day Murray County city incorporates the much older towns and post offices of Dunn and Pleasant Valley?
Alder Wood Ornament Now $10.00
Engraved Alder wood ornament depicting our latest property the Cook-Huff House c. 1857. Only $10.00 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!
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 $8.00NOW $2.00 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!