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HISTORY OF TOWNS COUNTY by Jerry Taylor
4 sessions, Thursday, September 19 – October 10, 10:10 am – 12:10 pm
Jerry Taylor, Towns County’s official historian, will lead this class passing on interesting bits of Towns County history. Some topics to be covered will be the life and times of the Hiawassee Academy, the humble origins of Young Harris College, the hanging of Tilmon Justice for the murder of James B. Goddard, and place names left behind by the Cherokee.
Jerry Taylor is a native of Towns County, having lived in the shadow of Brasstown Bald all his life. He graduated from Towns County High School and YHC. He holds degrees from UGA, North Georgia College and University and Lincoln Memorial University. Jerry is retired after 32 years as a teacher at Towns County High School. He is a member of the Historical Society and is Towns County’s official historian. His home, known as the “The Organ Loft,” features his collection of antique reed organs.