Our headquarters is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00.
You may drop off rummage for our two annual sales during business hours. If you need other help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org &/or call 706-278-0217.
The Whitfield Murray Historical Society has an exciting year coming up with many plans. They also recently elected new officers.
Pictured from left to right are:
Marsha Whitener, 2nd Vice President; Susan Longley, 1st Vice President; Dale Lowman, President; Mandy White, Secretary; Lisa Stafford, Treasurer; Patty Spanjer, Public Relations
SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY 2023
FEATURES SPECIAL EXHIBITS
February 5, 2023
Free Admission, Donations Accepted at all properties
Six historic buildings in Whitfield and Murray counties will offer free admission on Super Museum Sunday, February 5, from 1:00-4:00. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is participating in the statewide event sponsored by the Georgia History Festival, a project of the Georgia Historical Society.
Featured properties and exhibits include:
The Blunt House at 506 S. Thornton Ave., Dalton, will display vintage dresses, linens, furniture and much more that once belonged to the Blunt family.
The Chatsworth Depot, 219 North First Ave., Chatsworth, will have trains, railroad artifacts, talc samples, and artwork featuring the depot and talc mills. There will be tours and model trains of Ed Campbell and Stan Rogers operating.
The Hamilton House at 701 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, will feature the Hamilton family Bible.
The Huff House at 314 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, will feature the model train room.
The old Spring Place Methodist Church, located at 237 Elm Street, Chatsworth, Ga. in Spring Place, will highlight recent archival donations to the site. Visitors may use the research room if they need or want to, and just talk about Spring Place. This year, we will showcase an original Civil War document recently donated by Judge Scott Minter. This document, which is very faded, shows where a local farmer, W.C. Gray, was paid for corn sold to supply the Confederate Army. Along with the document we have a Civil War map that shows where his farm was just south of Spring Place. This will be the first time that document will be on display.
We'll also have an original 1832 deed discovered recently which records all the changes from Cherokee nation, to Georgia, to Cherokee County, to Murray County in the 1830's--the lotteries, the legislation, etc.
The Wright Hotel, 201 E. Market St., Chatsworth, will be open 1:00 to 4:00 that day. We will have the ledgers and store items from the Keith Store that was in Tennga. We will also have the Nannie Lee Brewer Arthur paintings on display.
Members of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will also give tours of the properties.
The Emery Center
Formerly know as Emery Street School
110 W. Emery St., Dalton, GA.
Open House on Sunday, February 12, 2023
4 to 6 pm.
MY LIFE AND TRAVELS
written by former slave
has been reprinted.
I WAS born in 1852 in Murray county, Georgia, and lived there until 1863. Then I refugeed from here (Murray county) to South Georgia, Terrell county of which Dawson was the county seat.
My first owner that I am able to recollect was Dr. Black, who later sold me to Mr. Jim Edmondson. Dr. Black not only sold me but he sold all of his negroes to Mr. Edmondson, declaring that he (Mr. Edmondson) would not separate the Negroes.
A white boy, Sam Carter, brother of Sooth Carter, was my first white playmate that I am able to remember. We would tie pine tops together to make a seine to catch fish.
So begins the story of an incredible man who made a huge difference in the Northwest corner of Georgia. He was a slave at the Chief Vann House in Murray County. Because he was taught to read and write by his Mistress while a slave, he recognized the advantage of an education. He taught schools following the Civil War. He traveled around the area, helping found educational opportunities for freed slaves and their families/ He was also a Sunday school teacher. Mr. Branham, known locally as "Uncle Boisey" published My Life and Travels in 1929, when he was seventy-seven years old.
The book has just been reprinted and will be available for $8 at the Crown Gardens & Archives, 715 Chattanooga Ave, Dalton, GA 30720. (706) 278-0217
We have an assortment of years of high school yearbooks from Dalton High and Southeast High Schools. The yearbooks are used and are sold as is.
The books are $20 each.
Stop by the Crown Gardens and Archives at 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton 30720 to purchase your book.
The hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Begin Your Family Research
Searching for Women and why are they important How can land records, wills and census help you in your research
Brick Walls Workshop
Saturday, February 18, 2023
9:00 a.m.- 3 p.m.
For intermediate & advanced researchers who have hit a wall.
Instructor: Jennifer S. Harvey, NSDAR Genealogy Consultant Regent of the Chief John Ross Chapter, Member of the TN State Application Team, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Location: Crown Gardens & Archives
715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA
Mail checks to P. O. Box 6180 Dalton, GA 30722-6180
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society recently received a $500 Keep Dalton/Whitfield Beautiful Grant for the 1840 Hamilton House. Our focus was to add fresh paint to the doors and windows. Along the way, we also painted porch furniture and added new plantings. Thanks,KD/WB, for encouraging us to spiff up!
The window paint was chipping, and we needed a facelift! In addition to the fresh paint, we decided to change the paint color from brick red to black for the doors and porch.
The new paint pops, and the side porch bench and floor are more welcoming.
All Whitfield-Murray Historical Society properties are owned by the historical society, so are therefore private property.
If you would like to use the grounds for photographs, etc., please obtain permission by calling 706-278-0217, Monday through Friday.
Please note that if an event is occurring on the property, no one else is allowed to be on the property.
Professional photographers must schedule events for all outside & inside areas at all WMHS properties. The fee for the rental is $100 per session per property.
Rent a Whitfield Murray Historical Society Property for your next event.
As you plan upcoming family or organization events, consider using WMHS property. Contacts for information &/or reservations are:
Old Spring Place Methodist Church
Call Tim at 706-695-2740
Crown Garden and Archives
Call Tina at 706-278-0217
Call Tina at 706-278-0217
Call Joanne at 706-271-8702
Call Virgelia at 706-226-6774
Call Ted at 706-581-5482
Call Ralph at 706-695-9808 or 706-260-1320
Historical Dalton City Directories are online
Researchers may now access Dalton city directories from 1940-1963 online, thanks to Georgia Public Library Service. They joined previously digitized Georgia city directories from Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Gainsville, and Macon. To locate a city directory, go to the following link.
Whitfield-Murray Historical Society Benefits from Grants
During the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society has benefited from both member donations & government grants. The US government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll, enabled the organization to cover employee payroll, payroll taxes, & utilities. The Society also received funds from the Georgia Humanities Council through the CARES Act Emergency Operating grant. WMHS is grateful for this state humanities support.
Organized in 1952 to preserve the Vann House, the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is the pivot point for all things historical in Whitfield & Murray counties. The Society preserves area history by maintaining structures, archiving objects & materials, & serving as the go-to entity for historical questions. WMHS also conducts historic house tours, bi-annual rummage sales, and Holiday House tours. Among the many activities conducted by the WMHS are Social Distancing Concerts at the Chatsworth Depot. Upcoming date is August 8.
The Society has placed 11 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the group has preserved the 1864 Dug Gap Battle Park, the 1909 Wright Hotel, old Spring Place Methodist Church (1875), & the 1905 Chatsworth Depot. The 1840 Hamilton House which is the oldest home in Dalton, and the 1848 Blunt House, home of Dalton’s first mayor, and second oldest house are also part of the preservation done by WMHS. The 1855 Huff House was General Joseph E. Johnston’s headquarters during the winter of 1863-64 preparing for the Atlanta Campaign is another WMHS property.
WMHS headquarters, Crown Gardens and Archives--the 1890 Crown Cotton Mill office building--is a resource for local historical & genealogical research. The Society sells books on local history & publishes a bi-monthly newsletter as well as a historical review. Annual scholarships are awarded to young researchers, & historic preservation awards recognize area preservationists. Meetings feature topics of local historical interest in Whitfield & Murray counties.
Individuals interested in local history are encouraged to join the Society. Donations to aid in the very important work of protecting our local history may be mailed to: WMHS, P.O. Box 6180, Dalton, GA 30722. For more information, call 706-278-0217, or visit http://www.whitfield-murrayhistoricalsociety.org.
Bylines: Sherrian Hall, Jean Manly, and Joanne Lewis scraping old wall paper at the Blunt House, one of the WMHS historic properties.
Children at one of the history camps rubbing tombstones.
Sherrian Hall, Jean Manly, and Joanne Lewis scraping old wall paper at the Blunt House
Children at one of the history camps rubbing tombstones
Copies of Dorothy "Dot" McCrory's poetry book,
"Too Much Cider in the Applesauce,"
are available at the Crown Gardens & Archives,
715 Chattanooga Ave. Dalton GA
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Copies are $25.
A copy can be mailed for $35.
Book sales benefit the Lesche Club scholarship fund.
Hours at Crown Garden and Archives
To better serve our community
we are open M-F 10am - 4pm.
Please call to schedule an appointment on weekends and evenings for research and events!
For research, please call to verify that we have the family files.
To make an appointment, please call during our business hours!