Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2014




AUTUMN 2014 • VOLUME 13, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 To Read a Book
Reading a good book is even more satisfying in Georgia's prettiest valley.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • WALKER COUNTY & STATEWIDE
7 Vanishing Georgia;  None So Perfect as Clinton
When commerce and population dwindled, an important antebellum county seat withered, fortuitiously preserving a remarkable example of an early 19th century Georgia town.
BY WILLIAM LAMAR CAWTHON JR. • JONES COUNTY
14 The Strange Legacy of Smithonia
Through skillful application of scientific farming on an enormous scale, James Monroe Smith built a magnificent empire that seemed destined for the ages.
BY MIKE MAFFETT • OGLETHORPE COUNTY
18 He Got His Love of Speed from His Mother
A shrewed businesswoman known for her eccentric ways raised an intrepid son whose career in aviation reached the loftiest heights.
BY BONNE DAVIS CELLA • TIFT COUNTY
23 The First Lady Who Missed Her Georgia Homecoming
Nobody envisioned the circumstances in which First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson would come home after she accepted Rome's invitation to attend a city-wide celebration.
BY NANCY LOVEDAY SMITH • FLOYD COUNTY
28 Searching for Franklinia - The Lost Flower of the Altamaha
More than two centuries ago, a lovely plant bearing exquisite blooms disappeared from the Georgia landscape, initiating one of American's great botanical mysteries.
BY ROBERT LATIMER HURST • SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
31 David Boyd - Georgia's Southern Impressionist
With beauty in the eye of the beholder, a Newnan painter transforms commonplace street and countryside scenes into lovely works of art.
BY SCOTT THOMPSON • COWETA COUNTY
35 Historic Rural Church:  Wrightsboro Methodist
An historic house of worship is one of the last relics of a colonial-era ghost town with deep Quaker roots.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GAIL DES JARDIN • MCDUFFIE COUNTY
37  Porterdale - Historic Mill Village on the Yellow River
When the end drew nigh for a picturesque mill village town, those who loved it rallied to its rescue.
BY KAY SHAW COGGIN • NEWTON COUNTY
39 The Freedman's Land Insurrection
Tension between recently freed slaves and the southern ruling class brought a swath of east Georgai to the brink of a new civil war.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • WASHINGTON COUNTY
48 James "Paramount" Blount and the Hawaiian Crisis of 1893
After an uprising deposed Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani, President Grover Cleveland dispatched a distinguished Georgia Congresman to investigate.
BY GEORGE BERRY • MONROE, JONES & BIBB COUNTIES
51 "When I was a Girl I wish I had been a Boy!"
Catherine Whitener turned a talent for crafting bedspreads into a family business that gave birth to an industry.
BY DEBORAH MALONE • WHITFIELD COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  The Soldiers' Colony
Since the era of the Civil War, North and South have coexisted harmoniously, hewing from the pine woods their new hometown in the Heart of South Georgia.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • BEN HILL COUNTY
56 Civil War Portrait - Unidentified Member of the Washington Artillery
The Washington Artillery saw action from the Battle of Shiloh to the Carolina campaign of 1865.
FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • RICHMOND COUNTY