Friday, August 17, 2012

Spring Place Festival (Saturday Aug 18th)

Spring Place Festival is here again! Saturday, August 18th, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church on Elm Street in Spring Place. (Directions at bottom of this article).

Features: Flea market, book sale, concessions, bake sale, vendors, booths.
This year's theme: The Civil War Comes to Spring Place.

Confederate Cemetery Tours: The William Luffman Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will lead tours of the historic Spring Place Cemetery on Tibbs Bridge Road. Seventy Civil War veterans are buried there.
Photos of some of the soldiers will be included in the display of Spring Place-related Civil War artifacts inside the church. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., continuous tours).

Civil War Map: (reprints) Chatsworth-Murray County Library will sell reprints of a Civil War-era map.

New books available: (by local author, Ruth Cox): 'Murray County's Civil War Heritage' and also a memoir of her life.

Spring Place Festival
Date/Time: Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Time: Begins at 8 a.m.   
Auction: 10 a.m.
Confederate Cemetery Tours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (fee)
Location: Elm Street, Spring Place, Georgia
                 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church
Sponsors: Whitfield-Murray Historical Society
                 Spring Place Ruritan Club.

If the state of Georgia recognized our historic communities as 'towns,' it wouldn't be so difficult to pinpoint us on Google Maps. As it is, we have to 'trick' Google...


The Chief Vann House is located three miles west of Chatsworth, Georgia, at the intersection of GA Hwy 52 Alternate and Ga Hwy 225. From the Vann House, take Hwy 225 SOUTH 1.9 miles and turn LEFT onto Fort St W (about 184 feet). This takes you to the intersection of Elm Street and Fort Street, Chatsworth, Georgia (old Spring Place community). The festival is on Elm Street, approximately two miles South of the Chief Vann House, just off of Georgia Highway 225. This map is from a viewpoint in back of the old church. The front of the church is on a little unnamed section of pavement just south of Elm Street and Fort Street intersection, in the triangle that is formed where Elm Street meets Spring Place-Smyrna Road.

MAP (BACK VIEW OF CHURCH): 2700 Spring Place-Smyrna Road, Chatsworth, Georgia.

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To find the Chief Vann House, this search will work on Google maps:
hwy 52 alternate and hwy 225 intersection, chatsworth, ga

To find the church, this search will work:  Elm St and Fort Street, Chatsworth, GA

For more information: (use North Georgia area code *706* for all three numbers):

C. McDaniel 695=2110.
T. Howard 695=2740.
C. Smith 695=8297.

Funds will go to preserve the Old Spring Place Methodist Church (museum), Murray County's oldest public building.

Note to Civil War addicts: After the Battle of Chattanooga, the Yanks camped at Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee ~ Cleveland's most important asset being the railroad there. (The railroad was the key to the supply line for whichever army controlled it.) Confederates were gathering at Dalton. The Union army reorganized to begin The Atlanta Campaign, which was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Spring Place, at that time, was still Confederate territory, but Yanks were sending scouts from Cleveland to spy on them. Spring Place was the home of Edmonson's Raiders (Confederate). There weren't any major battles on Murray County soil ~ just a few skirmishes. Renegades and bushwhackers were active in the area, as were Wheeler's men, out to sabotage the railroad at Cleveland and points north. The entire action quickly bypassed Murray County as battles were fought in Tunnel Hill, Dalton, and Resaca, then South from there...

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