Saturday, July 20, 2013

Varnell, Georgia






This house is in the middle of Varnell, Georgia.  Varnell is between Dalton, Tunnel Hill, and Cohutta, Georgia.  There was  a fish hatchery nearby, Prather's Mill,  and a lot of farms.  This house used to be white and it was the preachers house.  It  is vacant now.  My grandmother and her daughter and grandson lived next door in what now is a vacant lot.

On the other side of the preacher's house were railway tracks and a water tower for the trains.    When I was about 5 years old and visiting my grandmother I went next door to play with the preacher's daughter who was about my age.   A little while later someone noticed we both were missing and they hollered for us.   I stuck my heard out from the opening in the top of the water tower and asked what did they want.  I don't remember  that they flipped out, but I think they probably did.

I think we were on a ladder  on the inside leading down  the water. 

Below the house then was a big spring with tiny rocks and  tiny little back periwinkle  shells that kept the water clean.  My sister and I used to go there, which was just about 100 feet away and bring back water.  I don't think they had running water.  I think they had an outhouse which I thought was amusing.

My sister and I returned to Varnell in 2007.  There was still only one store in down but it was now a big convenience store and a country family didn't own it, a Far Eastern Indian did.  He wanted to know what we were doing.


Before my time and even before my mother's family moved to Varnell, in the early 1900s, two Mormons came to Varnell handing out literature.  Sometimes people are not so tolerant of outsiders  handing out pamphlets.  The men folk carried the two Mormons down by the spring and hot them dead..  

My grandmother and daughter lived in a house in this vacant lot.

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The Spring, the periwinkles still there 

The Country Store completely changed looks


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