Mexican orphan

A bit of a history lesson before attaching it to Fayette County. The Mexican-American War took place from April, 1846 to February, 1848 and is also known by four other names. It seems to have begun when President James Polk, decided in1845, to take what is now Texas from Mexico, who felt that territory was […]

Famous cousins

I’ll bet you didn’t know that “Doc” Holliday and Margaret Mitchell were cousins. I’ll grant you I am stretching it a bit, but stay with me here. Miss Mitchell’s ancestry, great grandfather Philip Fitzgerald, came to Fayette County from Ireland in 1835 and is probably the prototype for Gerald O’Hara. Philip and wife, Eleanor, lived […]

More on the Hollidays

Though John Henry Holliday’s dad was raised in Fayette County, but moved to Griffin when he married in 1849, the families often visited back and forth. Dr. John Stiles Holliday, who built the house we now use as a museum, had a son, Robert, a year older than John Henry and the two grew up […]

The Holliday family

The Holliday family is a fascinating one and certainly pertinent to Fayette County’s history. The family came to this county from Laurens, South Carolina about 1829-1830. Coming with them were relatives, the McKey family (pronounced Mackey) and Anny Buroughs, age 70. The 1830 census indicates Robert Holliday, 60, was a hotel keeper. One of Robert’s […]

More history

I mentioned several weeks ago that I would write more on the Mitchell and Fitzgerald families. Today let’s talk about the Mitchells. Margaret’s great-great-grandfather, Phillip Fitzgerald, came to Fayette County about 1835. He owned property and businesses in Fayetteville, and his home place, “Rural Home,” was down the road on the present McDonough Road where […]

This and that

Those of us in District 3 are glad to have the elections in District 6 over and done. If you were a youngster growing up during World War II, you can remember your mother making sure you ate everything on your plate. She used the excuse that there were a lot of starving children in […]

The beginning

No, I’m not talking about the very beginning, 18 billion years ago right after the Big Bang. I’m not talking about 68 million years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct and homo sapiens could begin to really develop. I’m talking about 1821 when Fayette County was created. There were five counties created that year, Fayette, […]

This and that

As I write this, it is raining and the sun is shining brightly. As we learned growing up, when this dual condition is in place, you can usually find a rainbow.  I have had a camera in my hands since I was seven years old. I had my tonsils out the week of my birthday […]

Plaques on the square

In 1995, the county decided to put in a fountain on the town square by the gazebo. You may not know this but the small patch of ground on the corner across from the old courthouse building is owned by the city of Fayetteville. At one time the city swapped a piece of land they […]

Events on the lawn

There is one thing my Kiwanis Club is not real good at doing and that’s making money by selling tickets for something. What we are really good at though, is making Karmelcorn. It’s outstanding. So we were doing just this Saturday on the courthouse square and I was sitting there for a number of hours […]

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