Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2016




AUTUMN 2016 • VOLUME 15, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 27 Miles from Nowhere
A nighttime hike on a seldom-used mountain trail is magical under a full moon on the eve of the summer solstice.
BY DAN ROPER • WALKER COUNTY
8 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia
The Wiregrass Region is home to a remarkable number of rustic Primitive Baptist churches.
ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDALL DAVIS • SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
15 Vanishing Georgia:  The Old Timers
Our elders are respected for their experience and wisdom, but sometimes they seem almost invisible to the younger generation.
BY DAN ROPER • CLARKE COUNTY & STATEWIDE
22 Soul of a Southerner
A Georgian fondly remembers growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • STATEWIDE
23 Courage that Never Faltered, Grit that Never Failed

An autumn afternoon in New England gave rise to the legend of Tillie Lamar, but a spring afternoon in Georgia cut short the promise of that legend.

BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • RICHMOND COUNTY
28 Like Falling Yellow Leaves

The sword of a Confederate infantry officer, long displayed on his family's mantle, has been returned to the Georgia battlefield where he fell.

BY DR. ELIZABETH HOOLE MCARTHUR • CATOOSA & WALKER COUNTIES
36 There's Just Something about Pie
High school sweethearts found their calling in the making of distinctive, home-crafted pies.
BY ANABELLE LEE MACRI • FULTON COUNTY
38  The Pig Monument of Washington County
In a monumental event of the Great Depression, neighbors pulled together to save a pig trapped in a farmer's well.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS & KAYLA JACKSON • WASHINGTON COUNTY
39 Serving Under Fire
The appointment of two African-American postmasters in Hogansville in the 1890s triggered racial animosity that divided the town.
BY TONY B. LOWE • TROUP COUNTY
43 What Remains after Everything Else Passes Away
Was it friendship or servitude that bound Neptune Small and Lordy King from plantation to battlefield to graveyard?
BY DONNA SHRUM • GLYNN COUNTY
48 The Meanest Woman
Eula Elrod made her mark collecting husbands and death sentences.
BY JODI MCDANIEL LOWERY • MURRAY COUNTY
51 Beech Bottom for the Price of a Big Rifle
Many 19th century hunters had at hand the means to acquire a large tract of bottomland in what eventually became Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness Area.
BY SHEPHERD L. HOWELL • FANNIN COUNTY
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Poetry of the Seasons

Sometimes our state's countryside is so distractingly beautiful that a driver must pull over to take pictures and a poet must pause to put pen to paper.

BY SKIP LOWERY • GA. HIGHWAY 15 AND U.S. HIGHWAY 129
60 Rock My Soul

A South Georgian relishes the beauty of good honest rock.

BY BONNE DAVIS CELLA • TIFT COUNTY
61 Civil War Portrait

Sergeant William Houston House served in the Jackson County Cavalry, Company E, 16th Georgia Partisan Rangers

FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • BARROW COUNTY