2012-05-31 / Personalities

DAR members enjoy Danburg Ramble May 21

Kettle Creek Chapter members and guests gather to “ramble” through Danburg. Kettle Creek Chapter members and guests gather to “ramble” through Danburg. The Kettle Creek Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, enjoyed its final meeting before the summer break by taking part in a DAR Danburg Ramble Monday, May 21.

Members and guests gathered in the parking lot of First Baptist Church to begin their travels to the Danburg community.

The itinerary for the day included New Fort Baptist Church, Lamar Pruitt’s collection of memorabilia and ephemera, Danburg Baptist Church, and The Dowling Home.

As the group gathered at New Fort Baptist Church they were met by Rev. Ed Anderson and his wife, Katherine, and treated to a tour of the grounds and church building. Rev. Andersonexplained that this church was one of the oldest churches in Wilkes County – having been established in 1795. The history of this church includes slaves and their masters having met together to worship until after the Civil War. At that time, the church was split into two congregations with the African- Americans retaining New Ford and the white members establishing their own congregation – Danburg Baptist Church. New Ford has been lovingly restored and has services two times a month. Rev. Anderson and his wife were kind to offer the DAR members refreshments.

Ruby and Lamar Pruitt’s home provided the next stop on the ramble. Mr. Pruitt’s extensive collection of memorabilia and ephemera that included posters, baseball cards, post cards, etc. provided much entertainment and interest. He also displayed a wonderful collection of records – including some in cylinder form. In addition there were bottles, posters, tools, farm implements, bicycles, quite a mixture to explore.

The tour moved on to Danburg Baptist Church, founded around 1870 by the white members of New Ford Baptist. Guide for this part of the tour was Rev. Ficklen Guin who walked everyone through the history of Danburg Baptist. One point brought out by Rev. Guin was the practice of building churches approximately four miles apart noting this was just about as far as families wanted to travel Sunday mornings using a horse and carriage. Rev. Guin explained the practice of school systems hiring only unmarried females to be teachers. Also, Rev. Guin advised that the school system in Georgia rose out of the practice of churches establishing schools for their members’ children.

The DAR had a picnic lunch in Danburg Church’s fellowship hall with hostesses being members of the Kettle Creek Executive Board. During lunch, Betty Slaton called attention to historical markers passed during the tour - Heard’s Fort which served briefly in 1790 as the Georgia Capital as patriots tried to keep ahead of the oncoming British Army and the Danburg marker, erected by Dr. Charles Danforth Saggus, a descendant of Samuel Danforth for whom Danburg is named.

After lunch, Regent Laura Toburen presided over a brief business meeting. The opening rituals and blessing were lead by Ginny Broome.

The main item of business was the installation of new officers as Jane Owen, regent; Patricia Thomas, first vice-president; Carol Cartledge, second vice-president; Cathy Armour, chaplain; Amanda Aycock, secretary; Laura Toburen, corresponding secretary; Debra Denard, treasurer; Betty Slaton, registrar; Nancy Sisson; historian; and Lillie Crowe, librarian.

The business meeting was adjourned and the members proceeded to the next stop, the Dowling Home on Danburg Road where members and guests were greeted by hostess, Vinnie Dowling. The home, built in 1790, has been beautifully restored by the Dowling family.

After a tour of the house, grounds, and outbuildings, the group continued to the last stop of the day - Flat Rock, the country home of Laura and Dave Toburen where everyone enjoyed a tour of the newly-restored home and grounds.

On the Ramble were Laura and Dave Toburen, Amanda and Garvin Aycock, Ginny and Thad Broome, Debra and David Denard, Carol Cartledge, Joanne Pollock, Betsy and Charlie Wagner, Peewee and Cathy Armour, Lou and Carol Harris, Barbara Roberts, Betty Slaton and Helen Dixon, Jane and Tom Owen, Patsy Bailey, Pat and Don Thomas, Sharleen Anderson, Anna Gunter, Jim Barry, and tour hosts, Katherine and Ed Anderson, Ficklen Guin, and Vinnie Dowling.

The next meeting for the Kettle Creek Chapter will be September 17.

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