Let’s recap the activities of the year for the Historical Society. We tried for two months to host the hike into the Coke Ovens in the remains of the old city and community of Cole City. After the rain abated, the hike was a great success in March.

We planned and execu...

On Saturday August 17, at 10 a.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will provide a free 90-minute, 1.2-mile walking tour on the antebellum slave trade along the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road Trace on Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. Look fo...

In previous articles, I have told the stories of two of the Dade Countians we celebrated at this year’s Dade Historical Society Cemetery Walk at Brock Cemetery. Both these individuals were from the Brock clan but, beginning today, we move to another family, the Morriso...

Most of the time when doing any kind of writing project, you find information that is not pertinent to the actual project but is related and lends flavor to what you know. About four weeks ago, I arrived at the Dade County Commission offices to begin working on a grant...

Many of us in Dade County have heard the legend about Rising Fawn getting its name from an Indian of the same name, but how many know that Rising Fawn was once called Hanna? In the early days, a post office was often named for the postmaster who served there. Alexander...

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...

We are nearing the end of what I call “Cemetery Season.”  That is, the season for what we Southerners know as Decoration Day for any cemetery where our relatives are laid to rest. You probably have not considered exactly why the decorating of a cemetery is so important...

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...

The Dade County Historical Society will host the second annual Cemetery Walk on Saturday, May 18. The featured cemetery will be the Brock Morrison Cemetery at the foot of Lookout Mountain at 283 Creek Road.  

The Brock Family arrived in Dade by the 1850s and joined the...

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