Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2014




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

5 A Gimlet Eye
Sometimes it seems like Edgar Allen Poe drew inspiration from some of the characters you'll meet on the Appalachian Trail.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
7 The Wealthiest Slave in Savannah:  Rachel Brownfield and the True Price of Freedom
Despite their state of bondage, some slaves - among them a remarkable woman in Savannah - managed to accumulate walth, operate businesses and own property.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • CHATHAM COUNTY
12 The Language of History
When it comes to astounding acts of crime, wrongdoing, and misfortune, the good ol' days weren't always so good.
BY JORDAN SCOGGINS • WALKER AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES
15 "I am Ready to Meet My God"
Legal pardon for the only woman executed in Georgia's electric chair came decades too late.
BY MARSANNE PETTY • RANDOLPH COUNTY
19 From Immigrant to Mayor
A young man's journey from Old World to Old South to New was an odyssey that began in Germany, reached California's gold fields, and flourished for decades in Georgia's Classic City.
BY SCOTT THOMPSON • CLARKE COUNTY
23 Leather, Art and Legend in Buford
There was a time when Bona Allen created the nation's finest leather works, drawing the likes of legendary movie star Roy Rogers to Buford - or is the legend actually a fairytale?
BY DONNA L. SHRUM • GWINNETT COUNTY
30 Historic Rural Church:  Mt. Enon Baptist
In the Gum Log community arching oaks shade the lawn of a lovely and lovingly-preserved house of worship.
BY STEVE ROBINSON • MITCHELL COUNTY
33 Almost a Sacred Place - Georgia's Noah's Ark
It takes a person with a tender heart to create and nurture a ministry for special needs animals.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • HENRY COUNTY
37  Love Catalpas.  Love their Caterpillars.
The showy blooms on the southern catalpa tree are striking, as are the gaudy caterpillars feasting on its foliage.
BY LIZ CONROY • STATEWIDE
39 Song and Soul of the South:  Making Musical History in Macon
For a time in the '60s and '70s, Macon was one of the nation's music hubs, spinning hits by the score.
BY LYNNE BRANDON • BIBB COUNTY
44 Vanishing Georgia:  Ode to Highway 41
Nearly a century ago, a new national highway traversed Georgia from north to south, bringing travelers to far-flung places like Dakota, Arabi and Twin Lakes.
BY BONNIE DAVIS CELLA • U.S. HIGHWAY 41
52 "Oh, boy!"
Given the peculiarities of the English language, seemingly innocuous requests sometimes lead to mayhem.
BY TAYLOR RATLIFF • CLAYTON COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Relics of the Ogeechee River Empire
Traces of the Ogeechee River's history as an important artery of commerce may still be found along the river.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • CHATHAM, EFFINGHAM AND LONG COUNTIES
56 Civil War Portrait - Surgeon Joseph Barnett Carlton
A prominent Athens physician served faithfully with the Georgia State Troops.
FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • CLARKE COUNTY