Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2017




SPRING 2017 • VOLUME 16, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 Above the Burn
The Cohutta Wilderness is recovering quickly from last year's Rough Ridge Fire.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FANNIN COUNTY
7 Just Skimming Off the Ground
A lawyer digging into the question of who made the first single-wing flight in America confirmed that it took place in Athens in 1909, setting the record straight after more than a century.
BY DAN ALDRIDGE • CLARKE COUNTY
13 Vanishing Georgia:  The Boy Scout Years
The boys of Troop 119 sometimes detoured from the paths chosen by their beloved scoutmaster.
BY ROLAND SMITH • CLAYTON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
20 A Memory Held in My Heart
Remembering how an old factory building profoundly shaped a young man's life.
BY DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL • FLOYD COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Midway Congregational - Against the Tide

The stoutest opposition to the Crown sometimes came from men armed with words rather than weapons.

STORY BY DAVID W. MOORE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY WAYNE MOORE • LIBERTY COUNTY
27 Chickamauga's Other Story
Thirty-Five years after North and South clashed in the second bloodiest battle in America's long history, veterans of both armies created a park honoring those who had served and those who had fallen.
BY DR. ELIZABETH MCARTHUR & DR. JAMES A. BURRAN • CATOOSA & WALKER COUNTIES
34 Bowler Hats Off to Harlem

With a popular yearly festival, an east Georgia town celebrates an iconic comedy duo.

ARTICLE & PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOB KELLEY • COLUMBIA COUNTY
39 Old West Outlaw Bill Miner Comes to Georgia

Equipped with a pistol, perfect manners, and knowledge of Scripture, the last of the Old West outlaws came South, charming many of his victims along the way.

BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • BALDWIN COUNTY
42 Crushed to Earth with Grief and Anxiety
Similar interests in a booming economy brought two young men to Brunswick after the Civil War, but competing affections for a young lady led them to grief.
BY LAWRENCE S. FREUND • GLYNN COUNTY
48 Chinaberry Lunches
A mother introduced her son to the harsh world of disappointment.
BY WILLIAM C. NOBLE • TOOMBS COUNTY
49 Mother to a Garden
With vision, determination and courage, Virginia Callaway worked beside her husband to establish the world-famous gardens bearing their surname.
BY CHUCK BOWEN • HARRIS COUNTY
52 Writing in the South
Writing about the South isn't all magnolia trees, cotton fields and 'possum hunts.
BY CHUCK BOWEN • THOMAS COUNTY
53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  On the Antebellum Trail

Relics of King Cotton's plantation era take travelers back in time to the Old South.

BY SKIP LOWERY • NORTHWEST GEORGIA
61 Homecoming at Glendale Chapel

An early African-American church collapsed despite an enthusiastic attempt to save it...but the story doesn't end there.

BY ANNIE SHIELDS • FLOYD COUNTY