Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2017




WINTER  2017 • VOLUME 16, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

 4 Along the Backroads:  They Sowed the Wind
Two hundred and ninety-six men changed the course of the state and the nation.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • STATEWIDE
7 Vanishing Georgia:  The Riverboats
Navigating always-changing river channels made sailors wonder if haints and demons beset their boats.
BY JOYCE KRAMER • SOUTHWEST GEORGIA & STATEWIDE
14 This Epidemic of Bloody Insanities
In 1901, a county sheriff took bold action to prevent the lynching of a black man accused of killing a white boy.
BY WARREN PRITCHARD • CARROLL COUNTY
19 The Oglethorpe Left Nothing to be Desired
Brunswick's famed Oglethorpe Hotel featured elegant accomodations and a checkered history.
BY RACHEL CHRISTIAN • GLYNN COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Lexington Baptist

A bronze bell cast in 1805, and rung for the first time in more than half a century last year, has summoned worshipers - men and women, slave and free - to this historic house of worship.

STORY BY CHARLES JONES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT MACINNIS • OGLETHORPE COUNTY
27 Carrying on the Family Legacy at Bryant's Gin
In cotton communities like Bartow, sizzling Georgia summers yield bountiful autumn harvests of white gold.
BY KATHLEEN GALVIN • JEFFERSON COUNTY
30

Hallowed Spaces with Human Traces

Brick vaults in an embankment in Savannah's River District bear a striking resemblance to the slave cells of Ghana, West Africa.  Might they have served the same purpose?

BY TONY B. LOWE • CHATHAM COUNTY
34

Imagination is the Key

Relying on inspiration and a craftman's hands, Dave Reed transforms wood into works of art.

BY ANABELLE LEE MACRI • CHEROKEE COUNTY

37

Roadside Rescue

On rare occasions, nature can use a hand.

BY KATHLEEN GALVIN • JEFFERSON COUNTY 

39

Black and White in Gray

A slave who accompanied his master to war became a celebrity at reunions of Confederate veterans.

BY LEE JOYNER • OGLETHORPE AND FLOYD COUNTIES 

44 I'll be in Georgia
A promising yield from his Dahlonega goldmine gave United States Senator and former Vice President John C. Calhoun ample reason to visit Georgia.
BY RAY CHANLDER • LUMPKIN COUNTY
49 The Boy that Laid the Bolt
A discordant family life may have influenced a boy in placing a bolt on a Sugar Hill railroad track in 1908.
BY RACHEL CHRISTIAN • GWINNETT COUNTY
51 Tippettville Tea
Displeased by his father's disciplinary measures, a teenager took matters into his own hands.
BY WILLIAM C. NOBLE • DOOLEY COUNTY

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: Travel Secrets, Old Columbus, the Mysterious Cove and Beyond

A wrong turn or a compulsion to get off the interstate highway are two good ways to begin backroads adventures.

BY HANK SEGARS • WEST GEORGIA
60

Getting Eclipsed

Spellbound, we Georgians witnessed the intersection of new moon and summer sun.

BY SKIP LOWERY • UNION COUNTY
61

Civil War Portrait

Private Noah Jordan served in the Cherokee Field Guards, Company G, 23rd Georgia Infantry Regiment.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • CHEROKEE COUNTY