Archive for June, 2009

Looking for Photo of John B. Wright

June 28, 2009 in Historic Notes... | Comments (0)

The coordinator for the Johnson County Gen Web Project is looking for photos of John B. Wright. Please get in touch with Better Hometown at 478-864-0048 or if you know of anyone who might have his photograph. Below is a photo of his wife, Mourning Smith Wright, circa 1870.

  Mourning Smith Wright, circa 1870

Notes from the past…

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The late Mrs. Roland (Elaine) Attaway’s father, David B. (Gordon) Clarke planted the original oak trees on the Courthouse Square. The trees were found in the woods surrounding Wrightsville and transplanted. Other children of Susie Mae and Gordon Clarke were Estelle Chester, Jeanette Brown, Claxton Clarke, and Leland Clarke. The young oak trees may be seen in this 1923 photograph.
Mrs. Louise Dodd, a former Wrightsville resident, remembers when movie actor, Richard Widmark, visited the Wrightsville Theatre in the 1950’s on a Hollywood promotional tour.





1923 Photo of the Johnson County Courthouse

1923 Photo of the Johnson County Courthouse



Historical Society News

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The Johnson County Historical Society has finished its roof project. A new roof, with 30 year architectural shingles was put in place by David Horton Construction of Eatonton. The work was paid for with a matching grant from the Historic Preservation Division.  Many thanks to all the businesses, elected officials and individuals who contributed to the completion of phase one of the Grice House Restoration Project. We ask for your continued support as we enter phase two of the project which is to repaint the exterior and replace the window shutters that have long since disappeared. There are many ways you can help. Become a member, make a tax deductible donation, or buy merchandise. Memberships: Individual, $10; Family, $25; Corporate, $50; Pictorial History of Johnson County, $20.13; Searching For Our Ancestors cemetery book, $45; 1860 census, $10; 1880 census, $15; William Henry Heath Family, $10; The George Smith Family, $45; Johnson County Church Histories, $12; Cookbook, $10; Car Tags, $8; 1979 Johnson County Football State Championship Game DVD, $20; 1958 Johnson County Centennial DVD, $20; Veterans service board names, $5. The DVDs may be purchased at Kreative Kreations. The other merchandise is available for purchase at Sumner Pharmacy, the Johnson Journal or Harlie Fulford Memorial Library. We are also accepting anything of historic significance for our museum. If you have something you think we might be interested in, please contact Donald Smith, 478-232-5913 or email  the historical society at  
Donations may be mailed to Post Office Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.  

Wrightsville to be located on the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail

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Thanks to the diligence of Better Hometown and the Chamber of Commerce donations have been secured  to insure the inclusion of Wrightsville on the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail. Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails divides the state into six regions, each designating an area or major event from Georgia’s “Civil War era.”  The “Atlanta Campaign” and “March to the Sea” were Georgia’s two most significant Civil War “events.”  Thus these two “historic driving routes” or “trails” are being created first.  Next to be developed will be the route Confederate President Jefferson Davis rode in his attempt to evade Federal capture in May 1865. Yet many more topics are interpreted along each route, including the roles of women, African-Americans, hospitals, churches, and railroads. Each interpretive marker is “linked” by a route to national & state parks, museums, and other Civil War heritage attractions. Wrightsville will be located on the Jefferson Davis leg of the trail. For more information see    

Classic Courthouses, A Driving Tour of Historic Courthouses in East Central Georgia

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Picture1One of Better Hometown’s early projects consisted of putting together a partnership of twenty-two counties to publish the Classic Courthouses Brochure. The brochure, updated in 2009, is now in Georgia Welcome Centers and the brochure’s web page has been revised thanks to Suzana Rowland of  (Funded in part by the Georgia     georgia_allies2 Department of Economic Development) 

To view the Classic Courthouse brochure, please click the following link: Classic Courthouse Tour of East Central Georgia

Historic Depot Now Available to the Community

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The historic W & T Train Depot in Wrightsville is now available to the community to rent for parties, family reunions and meetings. Please call Better Hometown at 478-864-0048 for more information and an application.  

Recreation Department News: Two New Summer Leagues

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The Johnson County Recreation Department is now taking teams for Adult Softball, with two more leagues this year: Women¹s League and Co-Ed 40 and over, as well as Co-Ed and Men¹s Leagues. Team Rosters will be accepted with a limit of 20 on each team. Fees for Men and Women Leagues are $400.00. Fees for Co-Ed and Co-Ed 40 and over are $200.00

Fees and rosters will be taken through the month of June and part of July. No deadline has been set. For more information, call the Johnson County Recreation Department at 864-3901 and leave a message. “We are excited about adding two more leagues this year, said Director Daniel Tanner. It is a great opportunity for people to get involved in healthy games, have fun and be a part of something in the community. It also shows our youth the importance of staying healthy and fit.”

New Emergency Notification System

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The Wrightsville-Johnson County Emergency Management Agency is trying to reach as many citizens as possible to notify them of the addition of the Emergency Notification System to the county. The system will call all submitted phone numbers to warn of impending danger. Receiving advanced warnings of impending danger such as natural disasters, hazardous material spills and other public safety issues, will provide a safety net and better protection for Johnson County citizens. 

All citizens within Johnson County are urged to access the following web page in order to be forewarned of Official Watches, Warnings, Advisories and Bulletins. Internet access is not available for signup, citizens may contact either City Hall (864-3303) or the the Johnson County Commission (864-3388).