Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2013




SPRING 2013 • VOLUME 12, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 April in Paradox
There's nothing like springtime in Georgia's high country, but predicting the weather is all but impossible.

BY SKIP LOWERY • UNION COUNTY
7 Murder in Calhoun!
Learning the truth about a family tragedy that took place in 1950 helps the author understand the compicated history that helped shape his father.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • GORDON COUNTY
12 Vanishing Georgia:  The Pursuit of Happiness - When Modern Conveniences Replaced the Old Ways
Some folks - the auhtor and his younger brother, for instance - went the extra mile to bring newfangled conveniences into the household.
BY BEN DOSTER • DEKALB AND BARROW COUNTIES AND STATEWIDE
19 Old Campground Cemetery Holds the Remains of One of "The Immortal 600"
A chance visit to a remote South Georgia cemetery introduces the author to the story of the Immortal 600, one of whom was laid to rest at this quiet place.
BY H. PARKER BLOUNT • TOOMBS COUNTY
23 Georgia Joins the Quilt Trail Movement
Colorful quilt patterns decorate buildings in a number of communities scattered across the state.
BY JIM WINNERMAN • NORTH GEORGIA
27 Rebirth of White Sulphur Springs has a New Generation "Taking the Water"
Many turn-of-the-century resorts at Georgia's landmark springs have fallen into neglect or ruin.  At one of these all-but-forgotten sites, a new owner is working diligently to relcaim the glories of days gone by.
BY F. MARTIN HARMON • MERIWETHER COUNTY
31 In Praise of Coral Snakes
They're beautiful.  They're reclusive.  They're venemous.  Consider the coral snake in all its magnificence!
BY DIRK STEVENSON • SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
35 Rogues Road Landmark:  The William Harris Homestead
A lovingly preserved homestead whose rich history tells the story of the antebellum upcountry farming class.
BY SHELLI BOND PABIS • WALTON COUNTY
39  Bonnie Rowe - King of All Daredevils
In the 1920s and '30s, an extraordinary Georgian peformed feats of daring before astonished onlookers.
BY REBECCA BRADSHAW • GWINNETT COUNTY
44 Capes, Cap Pistols & Decoder Rings
Using their imaginations, yesterday's kids experienced childhoods filled with adventure, magic and delight.
BY TRAVIS H. MCDANIEL • MADISON & COBB COUNTIES
47 The Real Tobacco Road
Ruth Clark grew up on Tobacco Road during the Great Depression, but her family had little in common with Erskine Caldwell's fictional and oh-so-troubled Lester family.
BY REV. DAN WHITE • RICHMOND COUNTY
51 Abandon Hope, Ye Braves Fans
Our beloved Atlanta Braves play excellent baseball from April to September, but come the playoffs....Oh, my!
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • STATEWIDE
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Colonial Fort to Callaway Plantation to Covered Bridge
Washington and the surrounding countryside offer a variety of scenic destinations and historic sites.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • WILKES, OGLETHORPE AND MADISON COUNTIES