Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2020




AUTUMN 2020 • VOLUME 19, NUMBER 3| TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: In November
A walk in the "Garden of Evening," late on an autumn afternoon, is a race to the light.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FLOYD COUNTY
6

Civil War Portrait

Colonel John R. Hart wartime exploits read like a Hollywood screenplay.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • FLOYD COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  The Corner Drug Store - From Hot Shot Charlie to Doctor Baugh
The old neighborhood pharmacy was a welcoming place, the neighborhood pharmacist a respected figure.
BY HOLLEY CALMES • FULTON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
14 Old Cemeteries with My Dad
As he slipped deeper into Alzheimer's, a father wished to revisit old friends.
BY JANISSE RAY • TATTNALL COUNTY
18 50 Years of Service with Standard Telephone
A photographic memory made Henry Davis a repository of essential information for a pioneereing telephone company.
BY EVELYN DAVIS HARMON • HABERSHAM COUNTY
32

Two Silver Dollars

Sometimes a child's death yeilds a sorrow too deep for consolation.  Then, through generations, the blameless may feel a grief borne of ancestral misfortune.

BY WILLIAM C. NOBLE • DOOLY COUNTY

 

23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Travelers Rest Methodist

Some rural churches, like this one, require immediate restoration, or we'll lose the historic structures.

BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY, PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE ROBINSON • MACON COUNTY
28 Pinesap & Black Magic
Spells, incantations, and charms may lay low the stoutest pulpwooder.
BY TOM POLAND • LINCOLN COUNTY
31

Why Georgia is the Peach State

If it isn't the state's leading commodity, why is it our symbol?

BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • MACON COUNTY

35

A Dynasty of Musical Greats from Georgia

The vast collection of music memorabilia at UGA Libraries includes many treasures.

BY LEANDRA M. NESSEL & CAMIE WILLIAMS • CLARKE COUNTY

 

39 The Mystical Seven
Cloaked in secrecy, ritual and exclusivism, fraternities at Georgia colleges began in the mid-19th century.
BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • NEWTON & CLARKE COUNTIES
44 They Do Violently Differ
Two centuries ago, politics in Georgia was a blood sport favoring straight shooters.
BY RAY CHANDLER • ELBERT COUNTY
49 A Most Criminal and Remarkable Incident
Vicious feuding between factions loyal to Union and to Confederacy triggered the Limestone Creek massacre of 1864.
BY TYLER HOLMAN • DAWSON & HALL COUNTIES
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

President Nixon, the Snorkel Teller, and The Bank

Savannah's iconic Liberty National Bank witnessed a great deal worth remembering.

BY KEITH AND NEIL PROPST • CHATHAM COUNTY
61

Readers Remember Georgia

Reverend Hezekiah Best, a future Georgia plantation owner, received this quilt upon his departure from the interdenominational Seaman's Bethel in Baltimore, Maryland, where he had served as chaplain.

BARTOW COUNTY