Scottdale Mills Village

Scottdale Mills, a prime example of Southern industry, closed its doors in 1982.  Imported textiles by that point were making it difficult to keep what was once one of the premier mills in the state of Georgia open.

However, this is not intended to be a story of the Mill and its operations over the years.  Rather, this aims to give a brief glimpse into the history of the community that was developed around the Mill.  This is a story about “The Village”.

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Folk Tales – Stone Mountain

The original handing over of land ownership over Stone Mountain has some interesting little legends surrounding it.

One story goes that the Mountain was traded for a mule.

Another states that Stone Mountain was traded by a Native American for a horse, some whisky, and $40.

While still another contests that what it really took was a rifle – a rifle could get you dinner, while a large granite rock could not.

The Mountain clearly has a way of inspiring imagination, with countless visitors having written of it using descriptions such as “grandeur”, “magical lure and mystical beauty”, and “an ever-changing spiritual beauty of infinite variety”.  So it’s no wonder legends like this came to be told (Stone Mountain did at one point have a dance hall sitting on its summit): Continue reading “Folk Tales – Stone Mountain”

Dr. Thomas Holley Chivers

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

So begins one of Edgar Allen Poe’s best known poems, “The Raven”.  The style and mood of the poem are notable; they are somber and rhythmic in a singular way.

Or perhaps, not so singular as all that.  Compare “The Raven” to the lines from another poem, by a different poet:

When thy soft round form was lying
On the bed where thou wert sighing,
I could not believe thee dying,
Till thy Angel-soul had fled; 

The above stanza is the opening of the poem “To Allegra Florence in Heaven” written by Dr. Thomas Holley Chivers.  The rhyme scheme sounds very familiar, as does the mournful tone.  It’s no wonder then that a plagiarism controversy ended up surrounding these two works.  To this day, there is no real, concrete consensus on who copied whom.  But there is no denying that both poets clearly drew some inspiration from each other.  This is no surprise considering Chivers and Poe were friends. Continue reading “Dr. Thomas Holley Chivers”

Co-education at Decatur High School

Unless you’ve actually chosen to attend an all-girls or all-boys high school, co-ed schools are the default in this day and age.  In fact, co-education is so taken for granted that hearing of attendance in single-gender schools prompts responses such as: “Why would you want to go there?” and “Doesn’t it get tiring being around only girls all the time?” or “I could never do that!

It used to be that the thought of mixing young men and women in places of education was somewhat controversial.  This was just one change among many that is now assumed, but at one point had to be introduced, tested, and tweaked.  In a student publication of Decatur High School, dated October 1952, the shift to co-education was a topic that was receiving lots of attention.  Here are some student perspectives on the change: Continue reading “Co-education at Decatur High School”