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February 27, 2014

McDaniel donates items to historical society properties

Whitfield-Murray Historical Society trustee emeritus Carlton McDaniel recently gave an amazing array of items to various historical society properties.

He and his late wife, Henrietta, had amassed the collection through the years with the intention of creating a museum. McDaniel recently decided that the items would be better placed in appropriate historical venues.

“Henrietta and I wanted our collection to be viewed by young people and others who might never have seen these items in use,” said McDaniel. “We wanted to share our treasures with the people of Whitfield and Murray counties. I encourage other residents to share items of historical interest with the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.”

The Huff House will showcase cobbler’s tools, echoing the craftsmen who made shoes for the Confederate Army. The Chatsworth Depot inherited railroad items. The Wright Hotel will display laundry items. Hamilton House benefited from kitchen artifacts. Historical maps have been added to collections at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. Antique tools and farm items will be an attraction at the Vann House. Many more items from the McDaniel collection will also be placed at these locations. Current visitors, as well as future generations, will learn history firsthand from these treasured artifacts.

Historical society officials extend many thanks to Carlton McDaniel for his generosity. Individuals wishing to donate items to the society may call (706) 278-0217 or email wmhs@optilink.us.

The historical society was founded in 1952 with the initial purpose of preserving the Vann House. Revitalized during the 1976 Bicentennial, the society focuses on preserving the history of Whitfield and Murray counties. The society’s headquarters and main research facility are at 715 Chattanooga Ave. in Dalton.


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