Here’s an opportunity to learn more about the city of Winterville, Georgia, the town I’ve lived in since 1992. I also lived in the Winterville community, outside the city limits, for several years as a child and young adult, starting at age 11, and attended sixth grade at Winterville Elementary School, in the old building that presently houses RESA.
There are two tour dates: Sunday, September 6 @ 2 pm and Saturday, October 10 @ 10 am. Here’s more information about the tours and the tour guide, my friend, Mary Quinn, daughter of our former longtime Winterville City Clerk, Helen Williams. Winterville grew up around the 6-mile station of the Georgia Railroad between Athens and Union Point, a route known as the â€œAthens Branchâ€ which began operating in 1841. The station was a water stop and the beginning of a bustling community of banks, mercantile stores, doctors and, of course, a cotton gin. Incorporated in 1904, the City of Winterville is a circle, one-mile in radius, located entirely within Clarke County, but its 1,061 citizens are only a small part of the larger zip code known as Winterville which includes portions of three countiesâ€”Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Madison.
The tour includes numerous and diverse historical structures such as the recently renovated train depot; the Carter-Coile Doctorâ€™s Museum; a blacksmith shop; the old Winterville High Schoolâ€”home of the stateâ€™s first home economics program; and several period homes all located within an area included in the National Register of Historic Places. Tour goers will walk portions of the abandoned railroad designated to become â€œThe Fireflyâ€â€”a 38-mile walking and cycling trail extending from downtown Athens to Union Point. This tour will last approximately 1Â½ to 2 hours. Tour Guide Mary Quinn resides on Main Street in Winterville, her residence a nineteenth-century home built by the Georgia Railroad. Born just a mile away in neighboring Oglethorpe County, Maryâ€™s family moved away from the family farm and into Winterville and Clarke County in 1960 where she attended Winterville Elementary School, Athens Junior High and High Schools and the University of Georgia. Quinn retired from a career in accounting in 2000 and enjoys various public service roles. She is a council member and mayor pro tem for the City of Winterville, director and volunteer of the Winterville Marigold Festival, Friend of the Winterville Library, trustee and treasurer of the Winterville United Methodist Church, volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and a volunteer in the Athens to Union Point Rails-to-Trails Collaborative. Quinn also served as a member of the SPLOST2005 Citizenâ€™s Advisory and Oversight Committees.
Tickets: ACHF Member: $12 / Non-member: $15. 10 or more series tickets: $10. Pre-purchase 10+ tickets and make reservations later. No refunds.
Order forms are at www.achfonline.org. Please Note: Tours are generally limited to 25 people and paid reservations will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis. All sales are final. Tours will be held rain or shine. Please provide an e-mail address in order to receive tour updates, instructions and your order confirmation. No tickets will be mailed.