THE HISTORY OF CHOESTOE - LAND OF THE DANCING RABBITS
Sylvia Dyer Turnage, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, September 18 - October 9, 1:10 pm - 3:10 pm
During week 1 we will learn about the history of Choestoe: the meaning of the name; the Indian trails that converged here and the activities of the pioneers; how the land lottery was conducted; removal of the Indians (the Trail of Tears); and the one-room schools and churches. In week 2 we will discover Choestoe places: Coosa Gold Mine; Civil War Cave; Brasstown Bald Mtn.; Vogel State Park; Choestoe One-Room School; Blood Mtn.; Neel’s Gap; Georgia Mountain Experiment Station; and Trackrock Archeological Site. Week 3 – Choestoe’s notable persons: State School Supt. Dr. M.D. Collins; Judge Tom Candler; Senator Zell Miller; Poet Byron Herbert Reece, Educator Dora Allison Spiva; Sharpshooter Eric England; and Pioneer Aviator Micajah Clark Dyer. Week 4 – Our last week will be a Choestoe Field Trip to visit some of the places discussed in Weeks 2 and 3.
Sylvia was born and raised in the Choestoe District of Union County in Blairsville, GA. After retirement from a career in Atlanta, GA with the Internal Revenue Service, she returned to take residence on the old family homeplace, which is also the historic homeplace of her great, great grandfather, Micajah Clark Dyer, Georgia’s pioneer aviator. Her stories, poems and articles have appeared in The Atlanta Journal Constitution; The North Georgia News; Gainesville Times; 400 Edition Magazine; Mountain Chronicle News; Union Sentinel; HOPE Newsletter; Mountain Meditations; and Reflections from the Mountains.