Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2011




Winter, 2011 • VOLUME 10, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
4 Writing the Georgia Landscape
North Georgia's splendid mountain scenery leaves an indelible mark on a grandfather's heart.
BY SKIP LOWERY • UNION COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  A Mill Village Kid Learns a Few Lessons
Extravagant lifestiles were unknown to the residents of the ATCO mill village in Cartersville a half-century ago, but the community offered a good environment in which younsters could make a lifetime of memories.
BY YVONNE MASHBURN SCHMIDT • BARTOW COUNTY
14 To Laugh in One Hand and Cry in the Other
A free black man in 19th-century Rome walks a dangerous tightrope in giving the appearance of supporting the Confederate cause while actually working against it.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • FLOYD COUNTY
20 Soon all the Barns will be Gone
South Georgia's old tobacco barns are reminders of a way of life rapidly disappearing from the landscape.
BY DIANE J. SHEARER • SOUTH GEORGIA
23 At One Moment in Time:  The Civil War Photograph Collection of David W. Vaughan
Through a blend of hard work, good instincts, and a generous dose of good fortune, an Atlanta collector has assembled America's finest selection of photographs of Georgia Civil War soldiers.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • STATEWIDE
29 From Atlanta to the Atlantic, by Canoe!
Speeding down interstate highways at 70 miles per hour whisks travelers from Atlanta to the Atlantic in just five hours, but paddlers making that same journey at 28 miles a day take home a lifetime of memories.
BY SCOTT STEPHENS • ALTAMAHA RIVER BASIN
35 The Life and Work of Artist and Historian Wilbur G. Kurtz
Although he was from Illinois, Wilbur Kurtz became one of Georgia's leading artists and Civil War historians.
BY HANK SEGARS • FULTON AND MORGAN COUNTIES
39 The Most Atrocious Murders that Ever Occurred
When a emember of a prominent Baldwin County family loses a long-standing battle against his own demons, there's the butcher's bill to pay.
BY MARK SCROGGINS • BALDWIN COUNTY
46 Judge Plott:  Mountain Man of Firsts
A century ago, an enterprising mountaineeer excelled at finding novel ways to get things done.
BY IRMA FLANAGAN • TOWNS COUNTY
50 Letters from a Plantation Mistress
A young woman born into an abolitionist New York family marries into a prominent Georgia slave-owning family.  When war breaks out between North and South, she has no doubts where her loyalty lies.
BY ROBERT LATIMER HURST • CAMDEN, CHARLTON & WARE COUNTIES
56 Genuine Georgia Backroadss:  A Day in Lowndes County
Traveling alongside a historic railroad gives the author a rich and intimate look into the history of south Georgia's Lake Park, Valdosta, and Hahira.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • LOWNDES COUNTY
61 Along the Backroads:  The Heroes of Keown Falls
On a hike up a rugged mountain trail, the remarkable character of the students and staff from of a special needs class is quite apparent.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • WALKER COUNTY