After the last hopes and efforts of the Cherokees had been defeated and they were on their way out of the state to their designated reservation in Oklahoma, the state of Georgia got busy redistributing their land to white settlers within the state. According to a law p...

The land lottery system that was used in 1805 in Georgia worked so well that the state government continued the system to distribute new lands when they became available. That happened in 1807 when the Creek Indians sold the state some more lands in middle Georgia, and...

It must have been exciting to live in Georgia in early 1805--even if you lived in the hindmost of hinterlands, and there were a lot of those. Savannah was the only city of any real size. The great majority of citizens lived either way out in the country or in or near s...

The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary is a massive and imposing structure located on the southeast side of the city of Atlanta. It was built in 1902 to house the most dangerous and depraved criminals our nation has produced. Many with familiar names have been housed there a...

In mid-December of 1869, a well-dressed gentleman boarded a train somewhere in Lookout Valley and headed toward Lynchburg, Virginia. He probably received VIP treatment as he was, himself, the president of a railroad--the Wills Valley line--which at that time ran 12 mil...

Once the Cherokee Indians were removed from northwest Georgia, newcomers began arriving in large numbers to settle the vacated lands. Among the first of these to arrive in Dade County were the Brock and Morrison families, who will be the focus of this year’s annual Dad...

Three days after the end of the battle of Chickamauga, a man on a mission arrived on the scene. His name was Mark Thrash and he was a slave in the service of Dr. Christopher Thrash of Meriwether County, Georgia.

He had been in service to the Thrashes all his life as had...

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