As the caption over the photos on display recently read, “where time stood still,” is an accurate description of the house that local historian Charlotte Bond lives in.
Bond, along with Bicentennial Committee member and friend Linda Fortson, shared some of the stories of her home and the history of Madison County last week during the Bicentennial Committee’s monthly story hour.
Bond told the story of how she discovered the original log cabin structure encased inside the farmhouse she was born in, and of how the log cabin was floated “down the river” from Franklin County and reconstructed on a hill in Madison County generations ago.
She shared other tidbits with the audience, such as the little known fact that Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell spent time in Madison County and that her grandfather Mitchell was likely from Danielsville. This discovery was made after Bond read a letter in which Mitchell described Tara as a structure not unlike Crawford W. Long’s birthplace in Danielsville, “comfortable, sprawling, rough and tough” and not a “southern colonial mansion.”
More of Bond’s historical accounts can be found on the county’s genealogy website, www.madisoncountyga/genweb.
This was a surprisingly interesting, informative and even entertaining presentation. More folks should have attended, though the room was faily full. Charlotte Bond is a wellspring of Madison County history who has meticulously documented much of it for the rest of us and for the future. We are lucky to have her industry and intellect. Don't miss the next story time.