Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2016




SUMMER 2016 • VOLUME 15, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 The Severest Check and Chastisement
A turning point in the American Revolution in Georgia occurred when American met American in battle by a small creek on the frontier.
BY DAN ROPER • WILKES COUNTY
8 Vanishing Georgia:  Life in the Piney Woods
For many Georgians, the fragrance of the pine foret is the pleasing scent of home.
BY LORI WILSON • PULAKSI COUNTY & SOUTH GEORGIA
14 Escape from Room 23:  The Story of the Million Dollar Bandit
Gerald Chapman made a break from detention at an Athens hospital, triggering a desperate manhunt.
BY COREY D. MCQUINN • CLARKE COUNTY
20 Memories of a Rural Mail Carrier
A century ago, mail carriers in northwest Georgia did much more than carry mail.
BY JUDY BLACKSTOCK • WALKER COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

Georgia's rural churches are santuaries of faith and repositories of history.

BY SONNY SEALS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS • STATWIDE
26 They were Devils and I Killed Them

A bizarre, off-the-grid "mini castle" on an isoalted mountain ridge drew those interested in its counterculture scene...and two men with much darker intentions.

BY DAN ROPER • CHATTOOGA COUNTY
32 Traveler's Rest Offered Good Feelings and Good Fare
Twenty-first century visitors enjoy this historic mountain stagecoach inn as much as 19th century travelers did.
BY SKIP LOWERY • STEPHENS COUNTY
35  Romancing the Road
Those who travel Georgia's stretch of U.S. Highway 27 sample the pleasures of small towns and the open road.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • WEST GEORGIA
39 Gutzon Borglum and the Lost Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial
Allegations of malfeasance and of ties to the Ku Klux Klan bedeviled America's leading scultpor when he began a grand Stone Mountain carving project that would have dwarfed the current carving.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • DEKALB COUNTY
50 Enough to Worry Anybody
A family's "cornucopia of silence" about the hanging of an ancestor led a member to investigate exactly what happened one night in 1917.
BY JEFFERY A. NIX • MUSCOGEE COUNTY
53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly remembers growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Town Creek School Road

Several surprising destinations are located along a pastoral mountain road.

BY SKIP LOWERY • UNION COUNTY