Third Annual Robert S. Baker History Awards

The Chattooga County Historical Society is excited to announce the third annual “Robert S. Baker History Awards” in honor of distinguished county historian Bob Baker. Baker has received many accolades and has set the standard for both amateur and published historians in the county.  The honorees for 2016 are shown below: the late T. Emmett

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Rolling Caskets and Flying Coke Bottles…

Sunday, July 10, 2016, Bobby Lee Cook and Bob Baker delighted an overflow crowd with their recollections of life in this county. The event was the summer meeting of the Chattooga County Historical Society, held in the freight room of the 1918 Summerville Depot. 66-Year Law Career Mr. Cook, 89 and one of the nation’s

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Living History Cemetery Tours

Locals Portray Historic Chattooga Characters Saturday, October 10, 2015 saw the first-ever living history tour of the Summerville Cemetery. Despite ominous-looking rain clouds, about thirty people attended the walking tour. A dozen costumed characters were brought to life, and many more of the cemetery’s residents were discussed along the walking tour. Lovejoy and Cleghorn Murders

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Baker Awards Honor Six

An overflow crowd gathered on Saturday night, September 19th, at the historic Riegeldale Tavern in Trion. They came to celebrate special citizens of Chattooga County who were selected for the 2015 Robert S. Baker history awards. The evening began with a reception in the picturesque sunken gardens that front the 1936 Normandy-style Tavern, designed by

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A Century of Chattooga County Fairs

From its earliest days as an organized county, the citizens of Chattooga have been able to find many enjoyable activities to occupy their limited leisure time. Like the Cherokees before them, they often had activities that centered around the harvest season in the fall. Barn-raisings, quilting bees, corn-shuckings, candy-pulls, cakewalks, and the occasional dance all

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Women in Chattooga and Elsewhere During the War Between the States

A capacity crowd gathered in the freight room of Summerville’s 1918 Depot on Sunday afternoon, April 12th, for the regular spring meeting of the Chattooga County Historical Society. The organization’s president, Gene McGinnis, presented an important milestone for the group. After many months of work, the Historical Society is launching a new website focused on

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Celebrating African American Churches and Music

It was cold and dreary outside but a packed house had a great time at the winter meeting of the Chattooga County Historical Society at the Summerville Depot on Sunday afternoon, January 11th. The program focused on the history of African American churches in Chattooga County. Historians representing seven longstanding congregations in the county shared

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Baker Awards Honor Local Historians Cook, Farrar, West, McCollum and Weesner

The Historic Riegeldale Tavern in Trion was packed-out for the first-ever Robert S. Baker History Awards banquet on Saturday evening, September 30, 2014. The event, sponsored by the Chattooga County Historical Society, honored Baker, who wrote the landmark Chattooga: The Story of a County and Its People. The awards will be given annually to persons

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A Look Back At Our Anniversary Year

The launch of our 175th anniversary party was a Founder’s Day Program on December 28, 2013. The courthouse was filled and the day honored our county historian, Robert S. Baker. 2014 has been a great year for celebrating our heritage in Chattooga County. The Chattooga County Historical Society, thanks largely to help from the Tillotson-Menlo

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Courthouse Dome Rings With Song!

Heaven seemed a little bit closer to Chattooga County on Sunday night, August 31, 2014. It was as if the calendar had flown backward fifty years as the tradition of long-ago singings at the Chattooga County courthouse was renewed. Three hundred folks filled the upstairs courtroom, just as they had in days gone by. The

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