Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2013




AUTUMN 2013 • VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 From Ashes and Embers the Okefenokee Arises
Not even an historic drought could undo the magnificence of Georgia's renowned swamp.

BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • CHARLTON AND WARE COUNTIES
7 Vanishing Georgia: The Girl Scout Years
Scouting's long heritage of teaching young women important lessons about living started right here in Georgia.
BY JANANN GILES • STATEWIDE
14 Fugitive in Georgia!
In the tumultuous and frenetic days following the close of the Civil War, one of the South's leading statesmen scrambled for sanctuary overseas.
BY MARK SCROGGINS • WILKES COUNTY
19 High Water on the Bar
A retired college professor with a lifelong appreciation of the beautiful marshes of Glynn County revisits the long-ago era when he first saw this magical place in the company of his famous step-grandmother.
BY HOLLIS LANIER CATE • GLYNN COUNTY
23 We Are One People
White and black famlies in a remote mountain valley share a rich history that dates to the era of slavery.
BY JORDAN M. SCOGGINS • CHATTOOGA AND WALKER COUNTIES
28 Georgia's Kinetic Artist, Al Garnto
A North Georgia artist is blessed with unique inspiration and extraordinary talent.
BY SCOTT THOMPSON • UNION COUNTY
32 Thunder at Chickamauga
Smoke and thunder shrouded the soldiers who met in battle at Chickamauga 150 years ago.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES
39 Stirred Up Like No Question since the Civil War
Toughened in the struggle to guard her famous husband's reputation, Helen Dortch Longstreet worked feverishly to prevent industrial interests from forever altering Tallulah, Georiga's spectacular gorge.
BY DONNA SHRUM • HABERSHAM AND RABUN COUNTIES
44 A Small War in Waycross
When heavyweight contenders for the boxing title vow to hold their unsanctioned match in southeast Georgia, the governor responds by calling out the militia.
BY ROBERT LATIMER HURST • WARE AND CAMDEN COUNTIES
48 The Market that Sears Built
The behemoth brick building built by Sears on Atlanta's Ponce De Leon Avenue in 1926 has a rich heritage with surprisingly strong ties to agriculture.
BY JERRY HANCOCK • FULTON COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads: Doerun Pitcherplant Quest
Georgia is home to biting gnats, ruthless ticks, annoying chiggers, fearsome yellow jackets...and voracious carnivorous plants.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • COLQUITT AND COOK COUNTIES
60 Memories Still being made at Historic Ragsdale Mill
An old-time gristmill set on a picturesque outcropping of granite is just the ticket for a trip into a bygone era.
BY TABOR MCCOY • BANKS COUNTY