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Chair: Chuck Smith
SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY 2023
FEATURES SPECIAL EXHIBITS
February 5, 2023
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.
Spring Place is the former county seat of Murray County and second oldest town in North Georgia. The old Methodist church is the oldest existing public-use structure in Murray County.
It began as an Indian Mission in the early 1830s. During the Trail of Tears, the group at Spring Place became a regular congregation. The group first met near the old Moravian Mission on present day Ellijay Street. In 1851, the congregation moved to Elm Street and built a brick structure. This building later burned, and a new wooden church was erected on the same foundation about 1875.
Many events such as homecomings, conferences, revivals and ladies' group meetings highlight the history of the church. The congregation began to decline when the county seat was moved to Chatsworth in 1913. Eventually, a new church was built in 1976. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society saw the need to preserve and restore the old church.
It was rededicated in 1979 and now houses a museum of church, Spring Place, and Murray County memorabilia. The building is used for historical society meetings and may be rented by other groups for special events and social functions.