Covered Bridges in Northeast Georgia – Kitty Stratton

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Covered Bridges in Northeast Georgia
Kitty Stratton

Covered bridges are not always easy to find when you’re travelling through the beautiful mountains and valleys of Northeast Georgia, some of them are tucked away in remote locations and some of them are sadly long since gone. At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges and today there are less than twenty remaining.
The few that are left are scattered throughout many Northeast Georgia counties. In the Sautee Nacoochee area Stovall Mill Covered Bridge has been well preserved. The bridge (no longer in use) spans Chickamauga Creek and was built in 1895 by Will Pardue. At one time there were mills on Chickamauga Creek owned and operated by Fred Stovall, Sr. These mills are long gone but the covered bridge, named after Mr Stovall is a living reminder of the history of the people and places of the area.
To visit Stovall Mill Covered Bridge head north from Sautee on Hwy 255.

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge

Prather Bridge covered bridge is sadly gone and all that remains are the rock pillars. Prather Bridge spanned the Tugaloo River between Stephens County Georgia and Oconee County South Carolina. The photo of the bridge in this article was the fourth bridge constructed at this location by the Prather family.
The Prather family built the first bridge in 1804 but it washed away and was replaced in 1850. The fate of the second bridge has varying stories, one being that it also washed away, but another story tells that the bridge was burned in 1863 during the civil war. This bridge was replaced in 1868 and lasted until 1920 when it too was washed away. The final bridge was destroyed by fire in 1978.

Prather Bridge - Toccoa GA

Watson Mill Bridge has been described as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge has the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King. Watson Mill Bridge State Park is located northeast of Athens near Comer, Georgia in Madison County.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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The Quanassee Path Hayesville, North Carolina – Kitty Stratton

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The Quanassee Path
Hayesville, North Carolina
Kitty Stratton

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The town of Hayesville has a strong connection with the Cherokee history and culture of North Carolina. Many organizations have worked together to create a well-marked path through the town of Hayesville so visitors can fully experience the varied exhibits and archeological sites.
There are five sites to visit on this two mile Cherokee History Trail. The first site located on the main road entering Hayesville is The Cherokee Homestead exhibit, where visitors can view authentic replicas of summer and winter houses and artwork depicting the Cherokee way of life.
The second site to visit is The Clay County Historical & Arts Museum where visitors can see a life-sized figure of a Cherokee woman basket weaver. The rest of the exhibit includes tools, pottery, baskets, leather clothing and moccasins. Call ahead for opening times 828 389 6814.
The third site on the Quanassee Path is The Cherokee Cultural Center, in the Moss Memorial Library which was created in 2013. The center has books, maps and Cherokee art. The exhibit includes baskets, darts, ballsticks, musical instruments and small replicas of the seven Cherokee clan masks.
Moving on to the fourth site along the Quanassee Path visitors will reach the Spikebuck Mound and Quannasse Village site. There is a marker at the site describing the village. The Spikebuck Mound existed before the first European explorers arrived in the 1690’s. Quanassee Village was home to several hundred people but by 1721 it was a small Cherokee town.
The fifth site is the Cherokee Heritage Trail, the .3 mile Spikebuck Connector Trail which follows along beside Town Creek. The trail meanders through areas of native trees and plants. Plans are to add more native plants that were used by the Cherokee for food and medicine. Markers will be placed to identify these plants of interest along the trail.