NGRL – Board Meeting

NGRL Board Meeting on October 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Dalton-Whitfield County Library

The Northwest Georgia Regional Library System Board of Trustees will be holding their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:00 at Dalton-Whitfield County Library. This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Dalton-Whitfield County Library at 706-876-1360, Calhoun-Gordon County Library at 706-624-1456, or Chatsworth-Murray County Library at 706-695-4200.

CG – Friends of the Library Week Book Sale

October 19th – 24 is Friends of the Library Week and in celebration, Calhoun-Gordon Library’s Friends of the Library will be hosting a three-day book sale on the 22nd – 24th

Support the library and the Friends of the Library by attending the book sale. It will be inside the library and proceeds go to support the library and library staff. On Saturday, October 24th, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will be having dollar bags!

Thank you, Friends of the Library for the wonderful support you’ve provided!

For more information, call 706-624-1456!

CG – Intermediate Computer Class 101 (Pre-registration Required)

Calhoun-Gordon Library presents a computer class: Intermediate Computer Class 101

Join us to learn about different saving devices and how data is saved. You must provide your own USB Flash Drive.

Register for classes at the front desk. There are a limited number of seats, so reserve yours today! You must be registered to attend.

For more information, call 706-624-1456!

CG – Thread by Thread Exhibit

Calhoun-Gordon Library in collaboration with The Bandy Heritage Center of Dalton State College presents: Thread by Thread, Northwest Georgia’s Tufted Textile Heritage Traveling Exhibit from October 19th until November 30th

Drop by the library any time to see the traveling exhibit about the Tufted Textiles that have been vital to the success of Northwest Georgia. We look forward to seeing you and express our gratitude to the Bandy Heritage Center and Dalton State College for the use of their exhibit.

For more information, call 706-624-1456!


CG – Intro to the Internet 102 Computer Class (Pre-registration Required)

Calhoun-Gordon Library presents a computer class: Intro to the Internet 102

Join us to learn searching for websites and navigating the world wide web.

Register for classes at the front desk. There are a limited number of seats, so reserve yours today! You must be registered to attend.

For more information, call 706-624-1456!

CM – Black Bear Festival

Chatsworth-Murray Library will be working with the Whitfield-Murray County Historical Society and other organizations in Murray County to host the Black Bear Festival on October 17th and 18th

For more information, visit The Black Bear Fest Website.

Chatsworth has the distinction of being Murray County’s youngest, largest, and only “planned” city. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society invites you to learn the story of Chatsworth’s beginning by visiting its historic properties in downtown Chatsworth on Saturday and Sunday October 17-18 during the annual Black Bear Festival. The Section House in the city park, owned by the City of Chatsworth, will also be open.

When the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was completed in 1905, it passed through several towns in Murray County, but it by-passed the then county seat of Spring Place.

Seeing an opportunity, a group of businessmen formed the Chatsworth Land Company, bought land from Mr. Moreland and Mr. Springfield, surveyed the property into town lots, and planned a new city. Their land sale was held in December 1906. Within a few months, residents were moving into Chatsworth—at first spelled Chattsworth and probably named for Chatsworth Castle in England.

However, the Chatsworth Depot was already there, in the middle of nowhere, and thus is the oldest building in Chatsworth today. Four other Murray County towns also boasted depots and for many years, all were busy places. By the 1970’s the Chatsworth Depot was not only the last station open, it was the only depot even in existence.

Several times various individuals and groups approached the railroad’s owners about the condition of the building and the need for restoration.
Not until a combined effort by the City of Chatsworth and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society resulted in the moving of the structure to a site off the tracks, was restoration possible.

In 1990 the work began and since then countless contributors have made the Chatsworth Depot Museum a reality. Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County’s railroad towns as well as special displays about Chatsworth’s early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has recently been completely revamped and the additions made to the railroad display. During the Black Bear Festival opening, visitors can see model trains in operation, get special tours, and even play in a corn-hole tournament on the deck.

When the depot was relocated, it found a new home adjacent to the Historic Wright Hotel, a site already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also called the Chatsworth Hotel at times, the Wright Hotel owed its existence to the railroad, too. Chatsworth had one hotel when Tom and Laura Wright began laying the groundwork for their family enterprise in 1908. The hotel was near the town well and just across the street from DeSoto Park, the town’s original “green space”. Being closer to the railroad station than the other hostelry in the young city, the Wrights just knew they would have first shot at all the travelers who decided to stop in Chatsworth.

All the material used in building this half-acre building was locally produced—the lumber came from the Wright farm on Holly Creek in the Prune community located in southern Murray County (Yes, that was the post office and Mrs. Wright was the postmistress there.) The bricks were special made at the new brick plant operating just down Second Avenue from the Hotel. The business, which was also home to the Wrights and their growing family, opened in 1910.

Good food and continued improvements like bathrooms in the 1920’s, closets, electricity, and steam heat kept the hotel booming until the 1960’s. After the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Wright, their children leased the hotel operation to the Quarles and then the Keeter Families.
One of the Wright daughters, Kate Raine, retired from her career as a public health nurse to the Native Americans of the southwest and returned to the hotel in 1969. Mrs. Raine once again made the hotel her home, but continued to rent rooms until shortly before her death in 1986. She left the amazing structure and its furnishings to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society with the stipulation that the building be preserved and maintained as nearly as possible to its original condition.

For more than a quarter of a century now, the Wright Hotel has been a museum of a most unusual type. Two floors show life in an early 20th Century hotel and a third floor houses a museum about the Wrights and their lives in Chatsworth as well as in the southwest. It is also an anchor of the Downtown Chatsworth Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places which includes the Depot and many other commercial buildings from Chatsworth’s earliest days.

During the Festival openings, new local author Jodi Lowery will be selling and autographing her new book entitled Eula, which tells the story of the Murray County woman who became the first Georgia female to be sentenced to die in the electric chair for her supposed role in the murder of local businessman, Coleman Osborn. The Osborns and the Wrights had been neighbors down at Center Hill while witnesses and jurymen stayed at the Hotel during the 1927 trials of the accused murderers. The book signings will take place from 10-2 on Saturday and
12-2 on Sunday. Cost of books is $8.95.

Also on display for the first time will be a cotton scale and a commercial corn sheller from the Coleman Osborn store recently donated to the historical society by Mrs. Ruth Young.

Both the Hotel and the Depot are under the care of devoted volunteers from the Historical Society. In addition to regular public openings, they are also available by appointment throughout the year and also for special events like showers, receptions, etc by calling Ralph Ausmus at 706-695-9808. Folks are always welcome to visit these important links to Chatsworth and Murray County’s rich past.

Submitted by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society

CG – How to Get College Scholarships for All Ages Class

Calhoun-Gordon Library presents a class: How to Get College Scholarships for All Ages on October 16th from 4:00 – 5:30pm

The class will be led by Angie Harlow from Reinhardt University. If someone in your family is going to college soon, attend this class to find out some of the opportunities that are available for scholarships!

For more information, call 706-624-1456!

CG – Intro to the Internet 101 Computer class (Pre-registration Required)

Calhoun-Gordon Library presents a computer class: Intro to the Internet 101

Join us to learn the basics of the Internet including using a browser and learning about websites.

Register for classes at the front desk. There are a limited number of seats, so reserve yours today! You must be registered to attend.

For more information, call 706-624-1456!