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Taste of History: Cherokees, Churches, Choo-Choos, Chickens, & Churns

Date & Time
September 13th, 2018 11:30 AM
First Baptist Church Banquet Hall (Google Map)

In December of 1818 when Hall County was founded, who was it named for?

What was the name of the man who operated the first private mint in the United States and was located just off Gainesville’s square?

What two major rivers form Lake Lanier?

To find out the answers to these, and MUCH more about the people, times, and places of Hall County’s amazing history, plan to be a part of this remarkable luncheon! The celebration will consist of a seated meal followed by a theatrical presentation including music, dance, and stories presented both live and pre-recorded.

We invite you to join us on September 13, at 11:30 A.M. in the First
Baptist Church Banquet Hall
to celebrate Hall County’s Bicentennial and help the History Center continue its mission of preserving and sharing the history of Northeast Georgia.

Individual Tickets are $75, with Sponsorships Availible. 

For Tickets and Information, Please Call: (770) 297-5900



At the Northeast Georgia Taste of History luncheon on Thursday, September 13, we will have several items available at auction. All proceeds go towards the History Center’s mission of preserving and sharing the history of Northeast Georgia. So be sure to get your tickets today and participate in bidding on these wonderful items!

Meaders Jug

Have you ever wished you could exhibit in your home something that was exhibited in the Smithsonian? What a conversation piece! Well, here’s your chance. The history center will auction off a pottery pitcher made and signed by the famous Lanier Meaders himself, a piece chosen for the Smithsonian because of its perfection. Emory Jones, a collector of pottery, donated the piece for auction. Thanks, Emory.


Turpin Rooster

This wonderful piece of pottery by master potter Steve Turpin pays tribute to the importance of poultry to Hall County.  From the hand-sculpted features to the traditional salt glaze which gives it a rich green sheen, this will be the perfect feature of a collection to let you  know that Poultry Is King!


Parking Meters

These 1950’s-era Gainesville City parking meters hearken back to an era when the Square was the center of city life.  The vintage Magee-Hale Park-O-Meters were rescued by the Don Cooley, founder of Electronic Sales, and are offered to collectors of historic Gainesville memorabilia.  Similar meters can be seen in pictures of the Square in the aftermath of the 1936 tornado.  With the look of our historic square once again being transformed by progress, you can own a keepsake from the days when the Square was the place to shop, dine, and meet your neighbors, back when Gainesville was still a small town in the foothills of North Georgia. Own a piece of the Square today!


Tuscan Villa

Stay in your choice of 8 properties all located in Manciano, Italy.  Each property features two bedrooms with one or two baths with showers, a kitchen, and a lovely living area.  Villa Zolira is a vintage Tuscan style with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room and kitchen.  Casa Natalia and Casa Bambini are new with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room/kitchen.  Mira Bella offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a magnificent view of the countryside.  Casa Giovanna has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with a balcony for sipping wine and enjoying the breathtaking views. It has been stated that you can see all the way to the Mediterranean from this unit.  Casa Fiorella ( 2 bedrooms, 2 baths),La Terrazza ( 3 bedrooms, 2 baths) and La Veranda ( 2 bedrooms, 2 baths) are located in the most medieval part of town!


The properties are situated in the ancient hill town of Manciano, approximately 1 ½ hours north of Rome in the southern edge of Tuscany, which rises on the top of a hill open to the four winds: from the Amiata to the Fiora Valley, from Talamone to the beaches of Montalto di Castro, from the Argentario to the islands of Giglio and Montecristo. Manciano extends for 37,203 square kilometers in a hilly zone situated between the valleys of Albegna and Fiora.


A Dinner With History

Revolution is in the air – or is it? The time is June of 1774 and you’re having dinner in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg Virginia. The Royal Governor has just dissolved the colony’s governing body, the House of Burgesses, over its members’ protest in support of the residents of Boston after their port’s closing by Royal decree in the aftermath of what we call the Boston Tea Party. Your dining companions are George Washington, delegate to the House of Burgesses and hero of the French and Indian War, Dr. James Craik, Washington’s personal physician and friend since the French and Indian War, Thomas Jefferson, delegate to the House of Burgesses and rising political philosopher, Peyton Randolph, Speaker in the House of Delegates and most influential man in Virginia, Mrs. Clementina Rind, publisher of one of the most widely read newspapers in America (the Virginia Gazette), and Jack Burgess, bartender of the Raleigh Tavern and man of the people. Eat, drink, and make merry with this cross section of Colonial American Society as they discuss the issues of the day – and take stands that may surprise you!


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