Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2011




Autumn, 2011 • VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
4 Along the Backroads:  The End of Putnam
It's hard to say exactly when the long slide into oblivion began for Putnam, a once-vibrant farming community in west Georgia, but identifying the reason for its abrupt end is easy.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • MARION COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  Small Town Life - Fayetteville
Growing up in Fayetteville in the 1940s and '50s meant summer evenings on the porch, watching traelers coming into town, lots and lots of family, and playing in the barn (of all things to find in town).
BY LUCY WALLER • FAYETTE COUNTY
14 Summering at Sunbury
Appreciating history is easy when you discover that so much was made right in your back (and front) yard.
BY MARCIA MAYO • LIBERTY COUNTY
18 Lumpkin County's Historic 1836 Courthouse
In addition to routine legal transactions and proceedings, Dahlonega's historic courthouse has witnessed slave auctions, murders, military maneuvers, carnivals, and other events.
BY ANNE DISMUKES AMERSON • LUMPKIN COUNTY
23 Return of the Magic Cicadas
Once every thirteen years, nature puts on a magnificent display when billions of innocuous insects abruptly emerge from the ground to take brief but raucous dominion over their surroundings.
BY DIRK J. STEVENSON • NORTH GEORGIA
26 Blind Willie McTell's Georgia Journey
When Willie McTell died in 1959, he was nearly unknown.  Over the years since, his anonymity has faded as blues fans and the Georgia towns he called home have come to appreciate his extraordinary musical ability.
BY DIANE J. SHEARER • MCDUFFIE, BULLOCH AND FULTON COUNTIES
31 Remembering a Town Called Zirkle
Southeast Georgia's swamps and pine barrens once rang to the sound of the axe, crosscut saw, and boisterous lumber men.  At the site of one long-vanished timber town, a vistior can still hear echoes of that era.
BY ROBBIE THOMAS AND WAYNE MORGAN • PIERCE AND BRANTLEY COUNTIES
34 Famed "Highwaymen" Artists have Deep Roots in Georgia
For decades, travelers could purchase colofrul portraits of Florida and Georgia landscapes from a troupe of skillful painters who sold them right out of their car trunks.
BY JANIE DEMPSEY WATTS • SOUTH GEORGIA
36 Visiting Historic Warwoman Dell
For centuries, a verdant glen high in the mountains has drawn hunters, settlers, adventurers, and the occasional industrial project or government works program.
BY MARION BLACKWELL • RABUN COUNTY
39 Let Thy Children Walk with Nature
Just a few years after the Civil War, young John Muir walked across Georgia on a journey that would eventually lead west to renown as a journalist and educator.
BY PARKER BLOUNT • EAST GEORGIA
44 Never Trust a Yankee
When a young Confederate guard agrees to trade with a wily Union veteran imprisoned at Andersonville, there are lessons to be learned.
BY TRAVIS MCDANIEL • SUMTER COUNTY
46 The Last Man Hanged in Camden County
In 1911, Andrew Jackson O'Berry became teh last man hanged in Camden County and just the second white man in Georgia executed for crimes against black victims.
BY BARBARA JACKSON RYAN • CAMDEN COUNTY
44 Memories are Made of This
A family is shaped by "old-time religion" experienced at Holbrook Campground's summertime meetings.
BY BECKY WILLIAMS BUCKMAN • CHEROKEE COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Last Rise of the Appalachians
The lure of Pine Mountain and its environs brought FDR to Georgia, Lewis Grizzard back to Georgia, and it still beckons visitors who long for the serenity and beauty of Georgia's back roads.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • COWETA, HARRIS AND MERIWETHER COUNTIES