Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2010

Summer 2010




 SUMMER 2010 • VOLUME 9, NUMBER 2 • TABLE OF CONTENTS
 9 Cutting Him Down to Size:  The Cone-Stephens Fued
When two distinguished ante bellum politicans exchange heated words,  a fierce altercation ensues.
BY MARK SCROGGINS  • GREENE AND DEKALB COUNTIES
15 Julia Force - Victorian Murderess
When years of seething, venemous resentment culminate in a murderous rampage, the perpetrator ends up in the Georgia State Sanitarium in Milledgeville ... with a surprising twist at the end of her life.
BY GAYNIE G. GUY & HUGH HARRINGTON • BALDWIN COUNTY
18 Works of the Devil & Acts of the Angels:  A History of Georgia's Infamous Lunatic Asylum
Though often the target of jokes, Central State Hospital in Milledgeville has a long, distinguished, and sometimes notorious reputation for treating those with afflictions once considered "works of the devil."
BY ERIN CATERHINE GISH • BALDWIN COUNTY
23 Madeira:  The Spirit of Georgia's Colonial and Plantation Coast
With the flicker of lightning providing the only illumination, determined Confederate sailors board and commandeer the United States Navy's only side-wheel steamer man-of-war.
BY RAY CROOK • COASTAL GEORGIA
26 Sunflower Farm Festival takes Visitors back in Time
Every Fourth of July, the descendants of a Rutledge farm family celebrate their rich heritage by holding a fun and colorful celebration open to the public.
BY KIM DUKES • MORGAN COUNTY
32 The Drowning Bear Mysteries
A 170-year-old government document offers an intriguing glimpse into the life of a prominent Creek Indian who lived on Sweetwater Creek, and prompts bafling questions about his fate.
BY MARION BLACKWELL, JR. • DOUGLAS COUNTY
35 Just Across the State Line:  The Bascom Gallery
Don't miss this world-class, elegant art gallery that recently opened just across the state line in Highlands, North Carolina.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • NORTH CAROLINA
39 Vanishing Georgia:  Small Town Life - Homer
Life in a country crossroads town in northeast Georgia in the 1920s and '30s meant simple pleasures and good times mixed with hardship and the despair of the Great Depression.
BY WALLACE VAUGHAN • BANKS COUNTY
46 Ruby's Boys & Mamie Lee at the Piano
The author's recent recovery of piano recordings made in the 1940s evokes memories of a childhood that ranged from climbing atop the family upright to the discovery that "girls are shaped funny for a reason."
BY MURRAY TILLMAN DOUGHERTY AND MUSCOGEE COUNTIES
51 On to a Better Place - The Life and Times of Alton Stitcher
After achieving a measure of celebrity as a radio pioneer in Carrollton in the 1940s, Alton Stitcher experiences a surprising period of rediscovery and acclaim 50 years later.
BY RICK MEHAFFEY CARROLL COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads - Southwest Borderlands
If you really need a break from noise, congestion, and bland modern steel-and-glass structures, mosey on down to the southwest Georgia border where history, rustic buildings, and a welcoming populace are found in abundance.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR SOUTHWEST GEORGIA