Flashback photos: A century in Georgia’s path of totality, 1890s-1990s Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 54 HANDOUT/CURRAHEE MILITARY MUSEUM Trainees run up Currahee Mountain in the early 1940s in preparation for D-Day. The training facility was in Stephens County hear Toccoa. 2 / 54 Kenneth Rogers/AJC Children sitting on bundles of Sorghum cane, Hughes Sorghum Syrup Mill, Blairsville, Georgia, October 1954. 3 / 54 KIMBERLY SMITH/AJC A fallen trunk of a chestnut tree spans across a creek in the mountains near Dillard in 1996. A blight came through the forest in the 1930s and wiped out the population of old-growth chestnut trees, leaving the dead trees to topple over in the forest. Some were logged off after they died. 4 / 54 RICH ADDICKS/AJC Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area and DeSoto Falls Scenic Area in the north Georgia mountains in 1997. 5 / 54 RICH ADDICKS/AJC Dodd's Creek along the Raven Cliffs Trail in the north Georgia mountains in 1997. 6 / 54 AJC file Along a dirt road, Coleman Freeman's house is situated at the foot of Mt. Yonah, Ga., in this photo from the 1940s. "Yonah" is the Cherokee word for bear. 7 / 54 Walter F. Winn/AJC staff Mary Ruth Duckett of Cornelia, Ga., picking apples in the 1930s. 8 / 54 Parker C. Smith/Special Main Street in Historic Clayton, Georgia with Black Rock Mountain in the background, which rests on the Eastern Continental Divide at an altitude of 3,640 feet. 9 / 54 R.A. Romanes/Special Bridge above Tallulah Falls toward Clayton in the north Georgia mountains in the 1930s. 10 / 54 Frank Tuggle/Staff Curling his long frame into a ladder-back chair before the fireplace, young poet and farmer Byron Herbert Reece writes his thoughts onto paper, with a Bible at his feet. Taken at his home near Blairsville sometime in the 1940s. 11 / 54 AJC file Built of odds and ends from several old automobiles, this contraption powers a home-made cane grinder on the farm of J.R. and G.H. Self in Blairsville. The upright barrel is the engine's cooling system. From 1938. 12 / 54 Walter F. Winn/AJC staff Miss Eva Hood is pouring in the apples as Miss Christine Wood operates the mill to produce sweet, sparkling cider, which turns into the finest pickle vinegar in the world. This picture was made in a large orchard near Cornelia, Ga., in the 1930s. 13 / 54 AJC file Young Ty Cobb (left, first row) is photographed with other members of the Royston Baseball Club in the 1890s. 14 / 54 R.A. Romanes/Special This road, near Toccoa, Ga., leads to a new dirt road completed to the peak of Currahee Mountain in the background. Photo from July 5. 1938. 15 / 54 Victor Barron/AJC Staff A 1936 photo of Duke's Creek Falls, near Helen, Ga., in the Nacoochee Valley. The limbs in the foreground are mountain laurel and rhododendron. 16 / 54 JOEY IVANSCO/AJC The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train leaves Mccaysville, Ga., in 1998. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs an excursion train, a 12-mile trip, between Blue Ridge, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn./McCaysville, Ga. 17 / 54 JOEY IVANSCO/AJC Wendell Cross photographed here at his farm in Mineral Bluff, Ga., in 1998 as he walks past one of his smaller corn fields, with corn 15-feet tall. 18 / 54 AJC file Mr. & Mrs Evald Kivivare, and daughters Mare and Aita-Helen, Estonian immigrants from a displaced persons camp in Germany. The family was mentioned in a 1949 story welcoming them to their new home near Demorest. 19 / 54 Andy Sharp/AJC Staff An overview photo of the midway area of the Georgia Mountain Fair, in Hiawassee, with mountain range in the background, from August 1985. 20 / 54 Patrick Schneider/AJC Staff Delores Cobb of Smyrna works to get the teddy bears in her booth prepared for the 1990 opening of the Georgia Mountain Fair. 21 / 54 AJC file Georgia mountain family in Rabun County in the early part of the 20th century. 22 / 54 Tommy Beatty/AJC Staff A 1958 shot of the road to Clarkesville's American Legion Club. 23 / 54 Kenneth Rogers/AJC Farmers harvesting hay before Thanksgiving near Hiawassee, 1956 24 / 54 Jarrett Manor House (Travelers Rest Inn) in Toccoa in 1956. LBGPOA4-054a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. 25 / 54 PHIL SKINNER/AJC The sun sets behind the mountains as a car waits for a traffic light in the town of Young Harris in 1998. 26 / 54 PHIL SKINNER/AJC A pontoon boat motors around Lake Chatuge in June 1998. 27 / 54 CELINE BUFKIN/AJC The picturesque Franklin County courthouse in Carnesville in 1999. 28 / 54 Kathryn Kolb/Special High Falls along Moccasin Creek trail at Kelly Ridgein 1999. 29 / 54 ANDY SHARP/AJC On November 14, 1997, a full moon over Cleveland, Georgia. 30 / 54 BEN BAXTER/AJC People enjoy the cool waters of the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, Georgia, in August 1996. 31 / 54 Jean Shifrin/AJC staff In August 1994, Charles Smithgall Jr. stands near a trout stream at dukes creek woods, part of the 5.562 acres he sold to the state for half its 21.6 million value. 32 / 54 Walter F. Winn/AJC Staff Miss Lou Ella Meaders, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Meaders, of Toccoa, busy with her pitchfork in a hay field near her home in 1934. 33 / 54 Margaret Shannon/AJC Staff Young Truman Owenby and his sister Ann plow bean field near Hiawassee in 1956. They work after school on their father's farm at foot of the Blue Ridge Range. 34 / 54 Special An undated photo of a model cottage at Rabun Gap school. 35 / 54 Marion Crowe/AJC Staff Snow covers the campus of Rabun Gap School near Clayton in January 1966. Storm dumped up to 7 inches of snow over north Georgia. 36 / 54 Special City families are polishing up their youngsters and packing them off to school, but up in the North Georgia mountains the whole family goes along, including the family cow. The family of Mr. & Mrs. Julius R. York is one of the families now sharecropping on the extensive lands of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school. He said he wanted to return to the soil, and also give his seven children an education. This is the scene as the Yorks arrived at Rabun Gap in 1943. 37 / 54 AJC file photos "Byron Herbert Reece earned a Pulitzer nomination but never left his farm near Blairsville, where, despite acclaim for his lyric poetry, he continued to grow potatoes and corn, partly from economic necessity and partly from inclination." Photo is likely from the very early 1950s. 38 / 54 Kenneth Rogers/AJC Workers at Hughes Sorghum Syrup Mill boiling sorghum syrup, Blairsville, Georgia, October 1954. 39 / 54 Kenneth Rogers/AJC Workers at Hughes Sorghum Syrup Mill boiling sorghum syrup, Blairsville, Georgia, October 1954. 40 / 54 Floyd Jillson/AJC Strongman Paul Anderson lifts over 2400 lb.s during a training session in Toccoa, 1955 41 / 54 Jerome McClendon/AJC Staff Toccoa Falls dam burst and flood in November 1977. Aerial view of damage. 42 / 54 Special WWII Easy Company of 506th Regiment, Parachute Infantry, training in Toccoa in 1942. 43 / 54 Reagan Walker/AJC staff Clarkesville’s 16-room Glen Ella Springs Inn, dating back to the 19th century and restored in 1986, is on the National Register of Historic Places. 44 / 54 Unknown Covered bridge across the Tugaloo River near Lavonia, Ga., in the 1920s 45 / 54 Kenneth Rogers/AJC Farmer surrounded by a large flock of turkeys in Franklin County near Lavonia in 1957. 46 / 54 Unknown A 1974 photo of Twin Hollies, the family home of former Georgia governor Ernst Vandiver (1918-2005, governor from 1959-1963) near Lavonia, which was built in 1895. 47 / 54 Walter Sparks/AJC staff Aileen Collison (left) and Alice Rose Lance, both students at Young Harris College, pause in the midst of a hike in 1938. 48 / 54 Walter Sparks/AJC staff A group of Young Harris students on the wharf below the new log boat house at Vogel State Park in 1938. 49 / 54 Unknown/AJC Mrs. T. W. Nalls shows her refugee guest, a displaced person from Estonia, Mrs. Kivivare (left), how to do American washing in 1949. 50 / 54 Unknown/AJC staff Young Harris College nestles in the rolling countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains in north Georgia in 1954. 51 / 54 CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE/AJC Barns and horses surrounded by snow on Blue Ridge Highway just outside Blairsville on December 29, 1997. 52 / 54 Carolyn Harris/AJC Coin-toss game in the general store, Young Harris, Georgia, January 1947. 53 / 54 Carolyn Harris/AJC Three young women at the general store, Young Harris, Georgia, January 1947. 54 / 54 Bryson Family living in a farmhouse, Rabun Gap, Georgia, ca. 1930s. AJC file. 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