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Euharlee Museum spotlights local treasures
by Monica Burge
June 04, 2013 02:32 PM | 2397 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Euharlee History Museum director Katie Odom and volunteer Barbara Ford on the porch of the museum.
From left, Euharlee History Museum director Katie Odom and volunteer Barbara Ford on the porch of the museum.
When Katie Odom came on board at the Euharlee History Museum six months ago, she had the primary goal of digging through the town’s history to help the community tell its unique story to those who have yet to explore the wealth of legendry within its boundaries.

“Euharlee is one of those gems that has maintained its rural agricultural history,” said Odom.

Odom said in 1997, the late Mary Ellen Nelson Taff spearheaded an effort to open the museum, which contains both pictorial treasures and actual relics from the past.

“She wanted to preserve as much as she could,” Odom said. “She realized that as generations got older, there was a danger of the oral histories they shared with their families might someday be lost. This museum has preserved much of that history within its four walls.”

A joint effort of the Euharlee Historical Society and the city of Euharlee, the museum, which is on Covered Bridge Road, is the epicenter for the town’s rich history and both locals and out-of-towners stop by to explore.

Museum volunteer Barbara Ford said the museum draws interest from near and far.

“We get people from all over the country,” Ford said. “[The museum] has definitely kept us on the map.”

The museum itself is historic and dates back to before the Civil War. Known as the Miller House, it formerly served as the grist mill operator’s house and later as the parsonage for Euharlee Baptist Church.

Odom said the museum is working with the city of Euharlee to help build interest in the town’s historic landmarks.

Well known staples, such as the Covered Bridge are a major draw for tourist, but Odom said work to restore other hometown treasures is underway.

Odom said there are plans to rebuild the grist mill ruins.

Built in 1835 by the Burge family, the mill was the first of its kind in Euharlee and provided the community with its original name of Burge’s Mill.

The museum also hopes to draw in visitors during the Covered Bridge ‘Cue Saturday.

Odom said the granary, which originally served as a commissary in the 1860s and later was used for grain storage, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be spinning, quilting and candle making demonstrations and the museum will be open for tours.

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