Archive for June, 2009

Long Life Whiskey


Ah, the purity of early anaesthesia, antibiotic, and life-enhancing medicine… a simple prescription from 1902:


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Standing Peachtree

Atlanta lays it’s initial history on the premise of railroads.  However, much of the railroads and subsequent major streets of Atlanta in the mid 1800’s overlay a much earlier network of Indian trails, which crossed the nexus of what is referred to as the old Indian village of “Standing Peachtree” at Peachtree Creek and the Chattahoochee River.

A displacement of the original village location was destroyed and buried beneath the Atlanta Water and Sewage Plant constructed in the early 1900’s, and with the diversion and spew of the Chattahoochee, any significance archaeology or anthropology evidences thereof was wiped clean (no pun intended). 

After several months of source review, a myterious anthology is emerging to raise considerable question to the size, complexity, and even the name of  “Peachtree”attributed to an ancient location.  One that, sure to be challenged, may (1) lay more claim to Cobb County, than Atlanta; (2) raise the remnant profile to Etowah period profile; and (3) revise how the term “Peachtree” ever came to be.

A forthcoming article is now drafted, soon to be released, and well sufficient to alter the profile of originality and disturb the historical status quo.  That’s always fun…

Hint: Pakanahuili. At least the Creek Indian word for “Standing” is Huili.


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Sherman in Vinings

Whether you know it or not, the anniversary of Union troops coming on to Vinings was July 5, 1864.  Sherman himself arrived on the morning of July 6th, having camped the night before at “the Vinings and Atlanta Roads.”  Like the fox spotting the hen-house, he first observed the church spires of Atlanta from the top of Vinings Mountain.  I’ll be on “City Cafe”with John Lemley at Noon on July 6th (90.1FM) to talk a little about that day…


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MV5BMTI3MTEwMTAzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTMxNTI5__V1__SX99_SY140_The “peculiar institution”we call southern history is vested more with begat genealogy, than with the character and myth of place.  Whether Vinings or Yazoo, Mississippi, there are portrayals of humor in historic context, usually of poor circumstance, from which one can better “feel” a period of time. To point, if you haven’t watched the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” (George Clooney), then do so one weekend over a couple of “Firefly” vodka ice teas – substituting Vinings (or your own southern hometown) – and you’re closer to history than you think…

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The following is the difference in how White and Black leisure picnics were written about in the Constitution in the late 1800’s:





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The Old Vinings Road

On being questioned about where the Old Vinings Road was:

As you zoom down the “hill” on Paces Ferry, past Paces West, this was not the old way…

Before the early 1900’s, Paces Ferry was known as “Vinings Road,” and early 1800’s as as extension of the Mt. Paran Indian Trail that came across from Buckhead to the Peachtree Trail (Old Atlanta Road). It was not a easy spot trying to get up the hill in the winter time, and Cobb County lower the road angle to it’s present position as the alternative Dixie Highway was planned across to Buckhead.  The Old Vinings Road, on which Sherman & Co. came into Vinings 1864, curved to the (now) Bert Adams Camp Dr, swerved right at the left elbow and came down the hill through the present Paces West parking lot, and angled towards the RR crossing in front of the Courtyard Hotel.

It was the dirt road through the Black community in front of Nellie Mae Rowe’s house (video thereof ) before being developed, and there are a few sections of it still in the woods…

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Observation on Pieces

YesterdayI visited several yard and estate sales around Paces Ferry, and found two or three pieces of furniture for sale that had been purchased out of the Ruth Vanneman estate back in the 1980’s. Not that any particular one was “historically” valuable, but it would seem that effort would be made by the VHPS to alert the community to such options, so there is an opportunity to scout and screen old Vinings – related stuff for donational option. History is in the details and pieces – please call or alert Gillian Greer at the VHPS to any old Vining collectables which surface at yard sales…

Likewise, if in the course of landscaping or minor property soil removal, there are odd pieces of iron, ceramic, or wierd stone exposures; please retrieve and/or e-mail me to photograph or collect same. There are many rich deposits of civil war and settlement scatter still around Vinings that should be preserved, documented, or noted for historical significance – bleufalcon@aol.com

Cobb County no longer has a staff archaeologist, and the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources has a shrinking budget, which diminishes an already anemic effort to document tangible historic evidences remaining. It’s not “all gone,” and a quick eye, and notification. might save a small piece of a larger puzzle.

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Akers Mill of Vinings


There’s been some reserve against solving the issue of  “Akers Mill Rd” at Cumberland/Galleria. I’ve put forth that there was an Akers Mill, in part, on North Stillhouse Road – Vinings (also known as McIvor’s Station in the 1800’s).  Maybe this, from the Constitution Dec, 1889, will assuage skeptics:


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Vinings Picnic 1869


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Vinings Dixie Route

In 1915, as the “Dixie Highway” was being routed through Vinings, the new road was set forth in the Atlanta Constitution, interestingly with plans for a steel bridge over the railroad crossing. Too bad it wasn’t followed through:


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