Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2010

Autumn 2010




 AUTUMN 2010 • VOLUME 9, NUMBER 2 • TABLE OF CONTENTS
 8 Kidnap!  Villain or Hero?
The attempted kidnapping of the four-year-old son of a prominent Rome, Georgia, family is foiled at the last moment when one of the ringleaders has a change of heart.  So was he a hero or villain?
BY MICHAEL MCDOUGLALD  • FLOYD COUNTY
14 The Shadow Playground:  Childhood Memories of Wormsloe Plantation in the 1950s and '60s
A childhood spent on a coastal Georgia island meant catching fireflies, swatting sand gnats, and admiring - not always from a distance - the imposing grandeur of Wormsloe Plantation.
BY MARCIA MAYO • CHATHAM COUNTY
17 Hope in the Dust:  The Story of Irwinville Farms
When the federal government implemented a relief program in Irwin County during the Great Depression, the proud, self-sufficient farmers of the region initially viewed the program with misgivings.

BY BRIAN BROWN • IRWIN COUNTY
23 Pasaquan:  There's Nothing Like It
After a lengthy soujourn in New York City, a native son returns to a section of Georgia known for pine trees, corn, and catton; there he creates an unconventional, phantasmorgic enclave that nearly defies description.
BY BORDEN BLACK • MARION COUNTY
27 Swimming with River Turtles
There's nothing like a day spent in a south Georgia river wrestling a 100-pound alligator snapping turtle from its gloomy lair; but that's routine business for the biologists studying our state's freshwater turtles.
BY DIRK STEVENSON • SOUTH GEORGIA
31 Ninety-One Stitches
A daughter's memories of her hard-working and devoted father are like threads defltly woven to fashion a splendid garment.
BY IRMA FLANAGAN. • TOWNS COUNTY
34 Nostalgia in a Little Metal Box
Georgia has a museum for just about anything and everything under the sun, but we'll bet you didn't know there's one in Columbus devoted to antique metal lunch boxes!
BY CAROL THOMPSON • MUSCOGEE COUNTY
39 The Moonshine King of Georgia
John Henry Hardin built a moonshine empire in the hills and hollows of north Georgia, but it all came crashing down during one terrible night of bloodshed.
BY MIKE ANDERSON • BARTOW AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES
45 The Day the Sheriff Shot His Deputy
A violent brawl and gunplay transpire when a deputy accuses the county sheriff of stooping to underhanded campaign tactics.
BY DEBORAH MALONE FLOYD COUNTY
48 The Pea Patch Murders
A "penniless" stranger from Florida who settles in a South Georgia farm community soon accumulates a surprising variety of livestock and equipment - and a dreadful secret
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BY ROBERT LATIMER HURST WARE COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads - Lakeland Murals and Motorcade
With the encouragement of a native daughter, a South Georgia town is transformed by colorful, historic murals - an attraction that draws visitors from near and far.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR LANIER COUNTY
60 Memories of Barnesville's Bush-Davis House
An elegant house in historic Banresville has supplied a lifetime of memories for one family and is now contributing memories for another.
BY JACOLYN PERRONE LAMAR COUNTY