Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2020




WINTER 2020 • VOLUME 19, NUMBER 4| TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: In February
On a cloudless winter afternoon, all that keeps a hiker from walking "into the blue" is the trail ahead.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • MURRAY & GILMER COUNTIES

The Renaissance Good Ol' Boy of BBQ 

Myron Mixon's mastery of the pit opened the door to so much else.

BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • DOOLY COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  The Family - A Real Christmas Story
Some families break under the weight of prolonged penury; others thrive.
BY BUCK TAYLOR • DOUGHERTY COUNTY & STATEWIDE
15 When Minnie Hauk Came to Town
After anxiously awaiting the arrival of a world-famous soprano, Americus welcomed her departure.
BY RACHEL CHRISTIAN • SUMTER COUNTY
19 Celestine Sibley:  A Heavenly Journalist
"Turned funny" by her own reckoning, she was to many the queen of the AJC news shop.
BY DWAYNE KEITH PETTY • FULTON COUNTY
23

The Bequest

Coca-Cola's highest-ranking African American executive was the son of hardworking sharecroppers.

BY CARL WARE • COWETA COUNTY

 

27 A Base, Cowardly, Inhuman Attack

An obscure monument to General Andrew Jackson's unfortuante Creek allies commemorates the Aumuculle Massacre of 1818.

BY EVAN A. KUNTZLER • LEE COUNTY
32  Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Tilley Bend Baptist
This lovely mountain church sometimes draws visitors interested in the surreal and macabre.
STORY BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY, PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM REED • FANNIN COUNTY
36

Tallulah Point Overlook

The move from an iconic mountain landmark to a new location required resiliency and determination.

BY TOM POLAND • HABERSHAM COUNTY

39

A Doctor, His Enslaved Man and North Georgia's Union Circle

Following secession, questions of loyalty added layers of complexity for some southerners.

BY DAVID T. DIXON • GORDON COUNTY

 

44 Fort Mountain State Park as You've Never Experienced It
Rugged trails in this popular state park lead to the ruins of Georgia's once-thriving talc-mining industry.
BY SHEPHERD HOWELL • MURRAY COUNTY
47 Still Standing - Odessadale Elementary School
A community rallied in time to save an historic Rosenwald school.
BY TONY B. LOWE • MERIWETHER COUNTY
50  The Fort Pulaski Yankees
In the midst of civil war, the first-known photo of a baseball game was taken in Georgia.
BY JONATHAN SHIPLEY • CHATHAM 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

Rising from the Ashes

The historic Cochran-Davenport farmstead is a gem perfectly set in beautiful Dial Valley.

BY STEVE PROCKO • FANNIN COUNTY
61 

Civil War Portrait

Private Melanethon H. Cutter served in the 2nd Infantry Battalion and left a mark in Macon as a carpenter and furniture maker.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • BIBB COUNTY