Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2017




SUMMER 2017 • VOLUME 16, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 No Home, Sweet Home
Glittering like a jewel in a perfect setting, the lovely hilltop Chief Vann House harbors shadowy secrets of a violent past.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • MURRAY COUNTY
7 No Common Man
Feted by presidents and royalty, a renowned actor played a role in the drama of the Cherokee Removal.
BY EMMA COTTRELLL • MURRAY COUNTY
11 A Most Notorious Woman
Vivacious Anjette Lyles seemed to love everybody, but her public persona belied a dreadful truth.
BY JACLYN WELDON WHITE • BIBB COUNTY
15 Vanishing Georgia:  The Newspapermen
Publishers of small-town newspapers were iconic members of the community, but they played second fiddle to a celebrity seen in every newspaper back in the day.
BY MICHAEL H. MCDOUGALD • BULLOCH COUNTY & STATEWIDE
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Grooverville Methodist

Even a simple country church shares in the sweep of great events and movements through time and history.

STORY BY CLAYTON RAMSEY, PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE ROBINSON • BROOKS COUNTY
27 Her Majesty's Triumphal Return
A devastating fire in 2014 ignited Sparta's determination to rebuild the Victorian-era Hancock County courthouse.
BY HANK SEGARS • HANCOCK COUNTY
31 Chasing Waterfalls

To see all of Georgia's beautiful waterfalls, you'll have to cover more of the state than you'd think.

 BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • NORTH GEORGIA & COFFEE COUNTY
34 Peak-Bagging Georgia's 4,000-Footers

The number of Peach State peaks topping 4,000 feet is a matter open to debate, but one hiker has tallied - and summited - a total of 42.

BY SHEPHERD L. HOWELL • NORTH GEORGIA
37 Three-Legged Dog with Tail Shot Off
Presenting the 2017 Georgia Museum of Agriculture Photography Contest winners.
BY BOB PARKER, GLENN JOSEY & RANDY CLEGG • STATEWIDE
39 Brunswick's Forgotten Factory
The largest manmade explosion before Hiroshima led to the building of a critical World War I munitions factory on Brunswick's outskirts.
BY MASON STEWART • GLYNN COUNTY
43 Let the Law Handle the Matter!
Angry words led to gunfire between moonshiners and a father determined to keep his sons from the illicit whiskey business.
BY SAMUEL L. WEHUNT • CHEROKEE COUNTY
46 A Flood of Light
From 1889 until 1914, thousands of people seeking spiritual and educational enlightenment attended the Georgia Chautauqua in Albany.
BY WENDY HARRISON • DOUGHERTY COUNTY
50 The Class of 1897
Georgia African-Americans led the nation in appointments to federal positions after supporting the candidacy of President William H. McKinley.
TONY B. LOWE • STATEWIDE
53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes about her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Porches, Canyons, Clotheslines

Drives through the countryside offer beauty, tranquility and reminders of a simpler way of life.

BY SKIP LOWERY • STATEWIDE
61

Civil War Portrait

Private Lucas H. Lampkin miraculously survived the war unscathed but suffered an untimely death a year later.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • CLARKE COUNTY