February 24, 2020

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division is now accepting applications for the Georgia Centennial Farm Award. To qualify, your farm should have been operating for 100 years with a minimum of 10 acres, produce at least $1,000 in annual farm-generated income, and retain at least 10 acres from the original purchase.

There are three categories of awards:

  • Centennial Heritage Farm Award, for farms that have been family owned fo...

February 24, 2020

The Dade County Historical Society announces its third annual Cemetery Walk, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 25, hour to be announced later. This year we'll feature Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery in Morganville. This cemetery was begun in the early 1840s by Joab McCollum.

Some of the families represented are: Morgan, Lea, Bennett, Dugan, Hughes, Killian, McCollum, Hale, Waddell and McCauley. Also found there are mem...

February 10, 2020

Joy Odom did a wonderful and comprehensive job of explaining how Dade County came to be and what the 1850 census could tell us about our county’s beginnings. Census stories are very relevant as shortly we will be given the opportunity to be counted again.

Having been given the opportunity to see the sample of the latest census, several things were interesting to me. 1) It will take a citizen about 10 minutes to complete the fo...

January 27, 2020

The Dade County Historical Society has announced plans to facilitate Phase Two of our county-wide historical structures survey. The project is being conducted by the Trenton-Dade Historic Preservation Commission with the support of a generous grant from the state of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division.

(Photo: Coke oven ruins on Sand Mountain.)

Is there an old house or barn tucked away on your property? How about an histori...

January 27, 2020

Editor's Note: This is the final installment of Joy Odom's Georgia Land Lottery series. For the others, click the history icon from the home page or go to Columns, then History in the Navigator above.

In 1850, most of the households in Dade were headed by people who were not native to Georgia. As a matter of fact, of the 412 heads of household listed in the census, only 32 were born in this state. The largest number, 88,  were...

January 21, 2020

6th Georgia Captain John Guinn Hanna was killed at Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. Historical photo courtesy Neal Thompson.

Editor's Note: The following in an excerpt from the Civil War history blog of John Banks concerning the life and especially the death of Capt. John Hanna, the Confederate officer for whom the south Dade neighborhood now known as Rising Fawn was formerly named. Thanks to reader Neal Thompson for pointing it out...

January 17, 2020

On Saturday, February 1, at 2 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special 45-minute program at the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District focusing on how the Cherokee felt under the influence of English trade and, ultimately, the real cost of that trade. The program takes place at the Gateway Site, near 130 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405. 

It could easily be said that man constantly...

January 13, 2020

Editor's note: This is a new installment in Joy Odom's ongoing series on the Georgia Land Lottery. For preceding installments, click the history icon on the home page, or "columns," then "history," in the navigator above.

For much of the information I have used in this article, credit must go to Mr..Paul Vance, the Dade County native and lover of history who annotated the 1850 census on which this article is based.

Our county in...

January 6, 2020

Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.--On Saturday, January 18, at 2 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special program at the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. This 45-minute talk focuses on the Cherokee who fought alongside Andrew Jackson during the Creek War and takes place at the Gateway site, near 130 Hamm Road, Chattanooga. 

 (Photo: Historical illustration)

The Creek War is viewed mainly a...

January 6, 2020

Editor's note: This is a new installment in Joy Odom's ongoing series on the Georgia Land Lottery. For preceding installments, click the history icon on the home page, or "columns," then "history," in the navigator above.

Often as I drive through some of the less populated and wilder portions of our county, I try to imagine what it must have been like to arrive here in the 1840s and ‘50s just after Dade became a county unto its...

December 23, 2019

In 1832, after the forced departure of the Cherokee Indians from what had been their lands for hundreds of years, the state of Georgia began carving the area into new counties and opening these to “fortunate drawers” from the lottery and other new settlers to the area. They really had no right to do so as there was, as yet, no legal settlement/treaty with the Cherokee ceding the lands, but such was the fever to get into these...

December 16, 2019

Because the procedures used for the previous lotteries had worked so well, the state authorities didn’t make many significant changes in how the 1832 one was conducted. However, in a further effort to make this lottery as fair and open to as many different classes of people as possible, they did increase the number of categories through which people could qualify to draw for land in the new Cherokee County.

The full list is to...

December 9, 2019

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 passed on 26 December 1831, the former Cherokee territory in North Georgia officially became the county of Cherokee. It was one HUGE county stretching completely...

December 2, 2019

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 a lottery was used to essentially expand the new counties started in 1805.

In 1820 and 1821, more lotteries were held to assign land the state acquired as a resu...

November 18, 2019

This is Part 3 of Joy Odom's series on the Georgia Land Lottery. Access the earlier columns by clicking the Historically Speaking icon on the Planet homepage. 

Probably because the whole thing was so exciting and everybody was so involved with the actual drawing that no one wanted to be bothered, we have no actual “at the time” account of how the first lottery took place. But we know where and when and by piecing together stuff...

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