Notes from the past…

June 28, 2009 in Historic Notes... | Comments (4)

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



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  1. Comment by admin — August 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm  

    Sorry that your previous posts were overlooked! Local historian, Donald Smith, has a blog containing old newspaper articles about Wrightsville and Johnson County. If you will go to our opening page of this website and click on “Wrightsville-Johnson County links”, you will find a link to his blog. It may give you some information. In the mean time I will pass your query onto a direct descendant of John B. Wright, for whom the city was named.

  2. Comment by admin — May 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm  

    The Grice House was built in a style originated by the French and Spanish, a rare example of this type architecture in this area. The house was built by John Grice in 1905 from timber cut from John’s land on Cedar Creek. The house was used as a family dwelling and a boarding house for Warthen College students. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places about 1977 and is now owned by the Johnson County Historical Society. For further information contact local historian, Donald Smith: Also see his Wrightsville History Blog:

  3. Comment by John Wright — May 25, 2012 at 10:52 am  

    I am a native Wrightsvillian, I left there after high school and joined the military and college. I still visit from time to time because mother (86 yrs old) and most of my siblings still living there or nearby. I father George Wright past away in 1989 and this year he would be 101 yrs old. I never knew much about his side of the family just becuase of the age difference and most them had already died as I grew up. My hope is that there is a place in wrightsville where I can view or look up family history or city archives.

  4. Comment by Russell Spivey — April 10, 2012 at 10:29 am  

    Please tell me about the Grice House. My paternal grandmother was Carrie Belle Grice & her father was Benjamin Moses Grice, a blacksmith in Wrightsville. I’m interested to know if there is a family connection here. Thanks!
    Russell Spivey
    Cochran, GA

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