Six historic buildings in Whitfield and Murray counties will offer free admission on Super Museum Sunday, February 5, from 1:00-4:00. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is participating in the statewide event sponsored by the Georgia History Festival, a project of the Georgia Historical Society.
Featured properties and exhibits include:
The Blunt House at 506 S. Thornton Ave., Dalton, will display vintage dresses, linens, furniture and much more that once belonged to the Blunt family.
The Chatsworth Depot, 219 North First Ave., Chatsworth, will have trains, railroad artifacts, talc samples, and artwork featuring the depot and talc mills. There will be tours and model trains of Ed Campbell and Stan Rogers operating.
The Hamilton House at 701 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, will feature the Hamilton family Bible.
The Huff House at 314 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, will feature the model train room.
The old Spring Place Methodist Church, located at 237 Elm Street, Chatsworth, Ga. in Spring Place, will highlight recent archival donations to the site. Visitors may use the research room if they need or want to, and just talk about Spring Place. This year, we will showcase an original Civil War document recently donated by Judge Scott Minter. This document, which is very faded, shows where a local farmer, W.C. Gray, was paid for corn sold to supply the Confederate Army. Along with the document we have a Civil War map that shows where his farm was just south of Spring Place. This will be the first time that document will be on display.
We'll also have an original 1832 deed discovered recently which records all the changes from Cherokee nation, to Georgia, to Cherokee County, to Murray County in the 1830's--the lotteries, the legislation, etc.
The Wright Hotel, 201 E. Market St., Chatsworth, will be open 1:00 to 4:00 that day. We will have the ledgers and store items from the Keith Store that was in Tennga. We will also have the Nannie Lee Brewer Arthur paintings on display.
Members of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will also give tours of the properties.
In Memory of Mary Hamilton McKnight
Mr. Moody's Room at the Hamilton House
Built in 1840, the Hamilton House is the oldest brick home in Dalton and predates the city. The house was built by John and Rachel Hamilton. John Hamilton was a civil engineer from White Plains, New York. John traveled south to Kingston, Tennessee where he met his wife, Rachel. They were married in Tennessee on February 13, 1834, and moved to Georgia five years later. Hamilton purchased the land where the house now stands from Absolum Holcomb who had purchased it during the Cherokee land lottery. The land previously belonged to a Cherokee Indian named Red Bird who died after he was thrown from his horse while racing on what is now Thornton Avenue. While in Georgia, John worked on the culverts for the railroad that would connect Chattanooga to Atlanta. In addition to his work on the railroad, John ran a large plantation, served as judge of the Inferior Court in the founding of Whitfield County, and was instrumental in the building of Dalton Academy in 1851.
The Hamilton House has served many functions throughout the years. During the winter of 1863-64, General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade, made camp with his men next to the spring on the property while Rachael was away in Middle Georgia. Rachael passed away in June of 1876. In 1884, the home was sold to Crown Cotton Mill and served as the superintendent’s headquarters. The Frank and Maud Hamilton family- no relations to the original Hamilton's- occupied the home from 1904 until 1983.
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society purchased the house in 1997 and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. WMHS converted the house into a museum containing displays related to the textile industry, famous Daltonians, and much more! The Hamilton House is open for tours every Friday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. by calling or stopping by the Archives first, and is also available for event rentals.