Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2012




WINTER 2012 • VOLUME 11, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

6 The Empty Nest
The job of parenting isn't done when
children come of age and leave a loving, close-knit home
BY RALPH WEST MILLS • HALL COUNTY
8 Only the Dead can Speak with Tongues of Fire
The high cost of valor was apparent at the Battle of Chickamauga, where angels walked - and sometimes fell - among men.
BY EMMA COTTRELL • WALKER COUNTY
10 Stumbling into History:  The Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895
A chance discovery that "something happened here" can transform familiar neighborhood surroundings into a locale with a rich and interesting history.
BY MARCIA MAYO • FULTON COUNTY
14 The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire:  The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s
The Ku Klux Klan's existence has been intermittent and chaotic, but the secret organization reached the zenith of its power and influence in the lean years following World War I.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • STATEWIDE
23 Vanishing Georgia:  Postscript to Peasantry
After more than a century, a wide swath of central Georgia struggles to recover from the collapse of King Cotton.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • GREENE COUNTY
30  Searching for Georgia Distinctive Mesker Metal Storefronts
The exteriors of a number of remarkable buildings scattered around the state reveal beauty, elegance and an intriguing history.
BY JIM WINNERMAN • STATEWIDE
34 Harvesting Rain and Sunshine for Future Generations - Mercier Orchards
Establishing and drowing one of Georgia's principal apple orchard businesses has been a long-time, close-knit family affair.
BY ANABELLE LEE MACRI • FANNIN COUNTY
36 Bees Knees, Boll Weevils & Frog Hollow:  Three of the Many Reasons to Visit Augusta
Known for its southern grace, style and charm, Augusta boasts a variety of eclectic eateries and noteworthy outdoos and historic sites.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • RICHMOND COUNTY
39  In Pursuit of the Nobler Necessities:  The Story of Georgia's Ruskin Colony
The idealism of a utopian community established a century ago on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp withered in reality's pentrating light.
BY ROBERT L. HURST • WARE COUNTY
43 The Scoggins Family and Subligna Go Way Back
Times were tough, work was hard, and pay was scant for the families who owned the stores and mills in a serene valley in northwest Georgia.
BY JORDAN M. SCOGGINS • CHATTOOGA COUNTY
47 Henry D. McDaniel:  A Southern Soldier Who "Knew How to Die" but Lived to Govern
A man known for wisdom, justic, and moderation helped Atlanta and Georgia rise from the ashes of war.
BY CHERYL HILDERBRAND • WALTON COUNTY
52 Uriah Stephens and the Great Locomotive Chase 
There was a great deal more to the man who went down in history as simply a churlish bit-player in the Great Locomotive Chase.
BY JOE F. HEAD • BARTOW COUNTY
51 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  The History Track - Coastline Railroad Depots
Many of Georgia's charming old depots that once served the eastern seaboard's main railroad lines are still standing today.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • COASTAL PLAIN