December 5, 2013

Historic Huff House open this weekend

Submitted by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society

— The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents the Huff House as its 2013 Holiday House Celebration Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. This historical property was recently donated to the society by the Boring family and was last on view to the public more than 15 years ago.

This antebellum home was the headquarters of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston during the Civil War in the winter of 1863-1864. It was also the site where Gen. Patrick Cleburne proposed arming slaves in exchange for their freedom to alleviate the manpower shortage facing the Confederacy.

The Huff family lived in this home from the 1890s until 1971. Back in the early part of the 20th century the Huffs had the house turned around from facing the railroad tracks to face Selvidge Street. Since the 1970s, the house has been used for business offices.

The celebration includes touring the house, which will have exhibits that pertain to the history of the home and refreshments baked by society members. Items will also be available for purchase including the historical society’s 2014 calendar, ornaments and select publications.

The Huff House is at 314 Selvidge St. in Dalton (near City Hall). The tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event for $15 and $5 (ages 11 and younger) or in advance from a historical society member. There is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit or call (706) 278-0217. This fundraiser benefits the historical society.