The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will hold a special "Half-Price" Flea Market at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church on Saturday, August 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. A variety of antique "collectibles" and household items are available. The new and used book sale room will also be open and historical society publications are always on hand for purchase. The church is located at the intersection of GA hwy 225 and Spring Place-Smyrna Road across from the Dollar General Store Market.
A local teacher recently toured the Emery Center with her students. Here she and a student view exhibits in the “From Civil War to Civil Rights” room.
Past, Present, Future of Emery Center is Focus of Next WMHS Meeting
The next meeting of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will be Sun., Sept. 21, 2:30 PM, at the Emery Center, 110 W. Emery St., Dalton. The program will be “The Emery Center -- Past, Present and Future.” Tours of the historic school will also be available after the meeting. The public is invited to attend.
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!