Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2020




SUMMER 2020 • VOLUME 19, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: Gideon's Quest
A dying man's efforts to free his slaves were vigorously opposed by his son-in-law.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FULTON COUNTY
8 Atlanta, 8113 A.D.
The grand opening of Oglethorpe University's Crypt of Civilization shall take place Thursday, May 28, A.D. 8113, at noon.
BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • DEKALB COUNTY
14 The Murder of Bonnie Mae Chafin
When a young mother died violently, her husband became the chief suspect.
BY JO ANN COOK WEBSTER • OGLETHORPE COUNTY
19 The Story of a Southern Soldier
A Georgia boy and girl kept up a lively correspondence while separated by war.
BY VIRGINIA BOLTON • FULTON & WHITFIELD COUNTIES
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Antioch Baptist

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

BY SONNY SEALS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT FARRAR • TALIAFERRO COUNTY
26 Graysville: A Gem of a Village
An historic Georgia town fifteen miles from Chattanooga is worth exploring, but you aren't likely to stumble upon it unless you're really looking for it.
BY DR. ELIZABETH H. McARTHUR & CAROLYN P. TOWNS • CATOOSA COUNTY
32

Lost in Amethyst Country

There's a whole 'nother world worth exploring along our lesser-traveled roads.

BY TOM POLAND • WILKES COUNTY

34

Paramount Lost, Paramount Found

A handful of visionaries turned an ornate Atlanta landmark threatened with destruction into an astonishing small-town masterpiece.

BY JOHN CLARKE MCCALL JR. • FULTON & CRISP COUNTIES

 

38 Vanishing Georgia:  Bringing Rails to the Mountains
To build a railroad through rugged highland terrain required cheap labor, working by torchlight, and gritty determination.
BY DR. KATHLEEN THOMPSON • NORTH GEORGIA
45 Dalton's Forgotten Novelist
Pine Log once had a CCC quarry, CCC roads, and a CCC camp.
BY DANNY PELFREY • WHITFIELD COUNTY
48 Extreme Penalty
In North Georgia's civil war within a civil war, David Quarles had to decide between serving his country and protecting his family.
BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • HABERSHAM & GILMER 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
52

Preserving History at Mount Hope Cemetery

University of North Georgia students maintaining historic Mount Hope Cemetery learn and promote visitation while serving.

BY CLARK LEONARD • LUMPKIN COUNTY
55

Genuine Georgia Backroads: Northeast Georgia Foothills

A tour of the countryside between Gainesville and Clarkesville features gristmills, covered bridges, historic courthouses, and log forts.

BY DAVID B. JENKINS • NORTHEAST GEORGIA
61

Civil War Portrait

Brigadier General George T. "Tige" Anderson led his Georgia brigade from the Seven Days Battles to Gettysburg to Appomattox.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • NEWTON COUNTY