Our headquarters is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00. We are practicing social distancing. You may drop off rummage for our two annual sales anytime. If you need other help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org &/or call 706-278-0217.
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
Chatsworth Depot Raising Funds with Raffle
The Chatsworth Depot, a property of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, has announced that a raffle will be conducted to raise funds for several upcoming projects. Like many tourist attractions and historical sites, the depot has remained closed for the better part of 2020 because of COVID. 2021 seems to be looking much more promising.
Modern Woodmen will provide matching funds for a raffle. Raffle tickets are now on sale at Pat’s Antiques, Market Street, Chatsworth and Crown Garden and Archives, 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton. Depot committee members also have tickets for sale. Tickets are $5.00 or three for $10.00. Prizes are meals at CiCi’s Pizza in Dalton & Village Cafeteria in Chatsworth, a Joel Carroll art print of the Chatsworth Depot, and a grand prize of an HO electric model train set.
2021 plans for the Depot include the restoration of Ed Campbell's model train display. A new single plaque that combines all donor recognitions to one display has been ordered. Restorations of the station train board & a couple of semaphore train signals are being planned. Outside shrubs and roses are being trimmed, & new mulch will be put down. Spring cleaning has begun inside the depot. We have been and are still being busy at the depot.
For 2021 Second Saturday openings, the depot will return to yesteryear with Movies at the Depot in June, Country Fair at the Depot in July, and old-fashioned Singin' at the Depot for August, with the very popular Model Train Expo in September & local favorite the Polar Express in December.
The next Depot opening will be Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. with free guided tours. This special opening is in conjunction with Super Museum Sunday sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society. The Wright Hotel, located next door to the Depot, will open at the same time. The raffle drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on this day.
Attached Photo info:
Donald Jones, representative from the local Modern Woodmen, shows a model electric train set to Ted Yarbrough, tour guide from the Chatsworth Depot.
Spring Rummage Sale at the Archives
715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton
Friday, April 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Most Items wil be 50% off on Friday only
We are accepting donations for the Fall Sale now if you would like to donate items.
Please wear a mask inside the building, and limiting the quantity to 15 people shopping at one thie.
The Georgia Historical Society’s Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Six WMHS properties will be open from 1:00 until 4:00.
Visit the Blunt House, Chatsworth Depot, Hamilton House, Huff House, Old Spring Place Methodist Church, & the Wright Hotel.
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
Vintage Gas Stove
VINTAGE MAGIC CHEF GAS STOVE FOR SALE--Manufactured in 1920s or early 1930s. $ 200 cash. Serious inquiries only.
Call 706-278-0217 & leave message.
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!
The Blunt House and Huff House are not currently open on Fridays with the Covid 19 special precautions.
Hours at Blunt House, Hamilton House, and Huff House
The Blunt House is open for tours on Fridays from 10:30 until 4.
The Huff House is open for tours on Fridays from 10 until 3.
Hamilton House is open by appointment by calling the Archives at (706) 278-0217.