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Chattahoochee Trace

The Chattahoochee Trace of Alabama and Georgia is a pleasing blend of Old South traditions and New South innovations, the Trace is a fascinating place to visit and live.  

The Chattahoochee Trace promotes heritage tourism, history eduction, and historic preservation.  A mecca for history buffs, campers, hunters, cyclists, and vacationers, endless historic and recreational attractions are here to be explored and enjoyed. Indian mounds, historic buildings, covered bridges and old mills, championship golf courses, lunker-filled lakes, pilgrimages, and festivals abound throughout the resplendent Chattahoochee Trace where the romanticism of the past blends readily with the spirit of the present.

The Chattahoochee Trace is an eighteen county region in Alabama and Georgia promoted by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC). Organized in 1970. In 1978 the Georgia General Assembly and the Alabama Legislature passed identical legislation to establish an interstate compact for the operation of the Commission. Final approval of the compact came in October of that year when the same bill cleared the U.S. Congress and President Carter signed it into law. Alabama counties include Barbour, Chambers, Dale, Henry, Houston, Lee, and Russell; Georgia counties include Chattahoochee, Clay, Decatur, Early, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, and Troup.

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HCC to Have 50% Off Book Sale!

The HCC is offering a special limited-time sale on selected titles in its catalog of books chronicling local history. The titles listed below can now be purchased at an unprecedented 50% off:

Liberia

Emigration to Liberia from the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama, 1853-1903: Between 1853 and 1903, approximately five hundred African-Americans left the Chattahoochee Valley to start new lives in the West African republic of Liberia. Most of the emigrants came from Columbus and Eufaula, and departed for Liberia during the uncertainty of the post-Civil War years of 1867 and 1868.

 

Most sought safety and escape from a still intact white supremacist society. The ready availability of land in Liberia also promised greater opportunities for prosperity there than in the South. Black nationalism and evangelical zeal motivated others. Liberia would be their "own" country and afford an opportunity to spread Christianity throughout Africa. In Emigration to Liberia, published in coordination with NewSouth Books, author Matt McDaniel has outlined the history of this movement, the motivations and characteristics of the emigrant group, and the experiences of the emigrants in Liberia.

Paper - $15.95

 

 

 

 

 



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A Blockaded Family: Life in Southern Alabama During the Civil War
by Parthenia Antoinette Hague

This reminiscence of daily life on a Southern plantation during the Civil War was originally published in 1888. The book is filled with vivid details of everything from methods of making dyes and preparing foods to race relations and the effects of the war.

Reprinted in 1995 by Applewood Books. 176 Pages.
Paper - $14.95

 

 

 

   

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A Chattahoochee Album: Images of Traditional People and Folksy Places around the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley
by Fred C. Fussell

This handsome photojournal offers a window into the traditional folkways and rich cultural heritage of one of the country's most distinctivce regions.

Published 2000 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. 142 pages, illustrated.
Paper - Regular $17.95 Now $9.00

 


 

   

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Archaeological Salvage in the Walter F. George Basin of the Chattahoochee River in Alabama
by David l. DeJarnette with contributions by Wesley R. Hurt, Edward B. Kurjack, and Fred Lamar Pearson, Jr.
DeJarnette, the founder of scientific archaeology in the state of Alabama, reports on archaeological surveys and excavations undertaken in the Chattahoochee River Valley between 1947 and 1962.

First published in 1975 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the University of Alabama Press. Reprinted in 2010 by the University of Alabama Press. 254 pages. Indexed, illustrated.
Paper - $32.00

 

 

 

   

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Bridging Deep South Rivers: The Life and Legend of Horace King
by John S. Lupold and Thomas L. French, Jr.

The first full-length biography of the man who rose from slavery to become a master bridge builder.

352 Pages. Indexed. Published 2004 by the University of Georgia Press in cooperation with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Troup County Historical Society.
Cloth - $36.95

 

 

 

   

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Chattahoochee Valley Sources and Resources: An Annotated Bibliography
Volume II: The Georgia Counties
by John S. Lupold

This volume lists all the printed works and unpublished sources which relate to Chattahoochee, Clay, Decatur, Early, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart and Troup Counties.

736 pages. Indexed. Published 1994 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Cloth - Regular $31.00 Now $15.00

 


 

   

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Clio, Alabama: A History
by Alto Loftin Jackson
This book portrays many Clio natives who have had an impact on the life of the town and state – including former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace.

206 pages, 68 illustrations. Indexed. Published 1979.
Cloth - Regular $10.00 Now $5.00

 


 

   

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Cruising Guide to Florida's Big Bend: Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint, and Suwannee Rivers
by Captain Rick Rhodes

Covering more than 300 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico, this book guides cruisers along Florida's gulf coastline from Apalachicola to Anclote Key. Captain Rick Rhodes also explores the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint, and Suwannee rivers. By including numerous historical anecdotes, Cruising Guide to Florida's Big Bend gives insight into the region's past, along with current marina, restaurant, and entertainment recommendations.

Published 2003 by Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 357 pages, illustrated, index.
Paper - $32.95

 

 

 

   
bk8 Fair to Middlin': The Antebellum Cotton Trade of the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee River Valley
By Lynn Willoughby

This study focuses on the port of Apalachicola, Florida, and the businessmen who created a chain of international finance and trade in the promotion and distribution of the Old South's major source of income. This book provides a detailed, highly-readable description of a regional antebellum economy in the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee River Valley.

224 pages. Indexed. Published1993 by The University of Alabama Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. Paper $24.00

 

 

 

   

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Flowing Through Time: A History of the Lower Chattahoochee River
by Lynn Willoughby

This illustrated book chronicles the history of the lower Chattahoochee River and the people who lived along its banks from prehistoric Indian settlement to the present day.

264 pages. Indexed. Published 1998 by The University of Alabama Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission in cooperation with The Columbus Museum.
Cloth - $29.95

 

 

 

   

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Grave Intentions: A Comprehensive Guide to Preserving Historic Cemeteries in Georgia
by Christine Van Voorhies

This manual answers your questions on what to do about an old cemetery, whether it's small or large, holds your ancestors or not, or even if it has unmarked graves. Designed in an easy-to-read format, with clear suggestions and sources of further information, this book will be invaluable to those interested in cemerteries including descendants, community members, developers, and city or county authorities.

Published 2003 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division in cooperation with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. 106 pages, photographs and illustrations.
Spiral-bound paper - Regular $12.95 Now $6.50

 


 

   

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Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning
by Peggy A. Stelpflug and Richard Hyatt

A historical account of the nation's largest infantry training center.

Published in 2007 by Mercer University Press along with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the National Infantry Association. 567 Pages. Illustrated and Indexed.
Cloth - $35.00

 

 

 

   

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I Can Go Home Again:
by Arthur G. Powell

From the recollections of more than thirty years, a former Atlanta judge tells about the place (Blakely) and region (southwest Georgia) in which he was born. This book is an encyclopedia of social custom embedded in masculine narrative.

First published by the University of North Carolina Press, 1943. Reprinted by the Blakely (Georgia) Rotary Club and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 1984. 308 pages, 1 illustration. Indexed.
Cloth - Regular $18.50 Now $9.00

 


 

   

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In Celebration of a Legacy: The Traditional Arts of the Lower Chattahoochee Valley
by George Mitchell. Foreward by Fred C. Fussell

Presents an energetic portrait of traditional folkways in the Chattahoochee River corridor. This new edition of George Mitchell's collected photographs, interviews, songs and field recordings makes this rich cultural heritage available to a new generation.

91 black and white photographs. 2 compact discs containing 36 traditional folk songs
First published 1981 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and The Columbus Museum, reprinted 1998 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Paper - Regular $24.95; Now $12.50

 


The compact discs are also available separately in a special dual CD jewel case with liner notes for Regular $12.95 Now $6.50

 

 


 

   

 

Introduction and Index to the John Horry Dent Farm Journals and Account Books, 1840-1892
by Ray Mathis and Mary Mathis

The Dent journals are a highly detailed, circumstantial and altogether absorbing record of the activities of a successful Southern planter and financier in Alabama and Georgia over a period of half a century. This book includes information on the provenance of the original journals and a full index to the 5,700 pages of the journals as published on microfilm.

206 pages. Published 1977 by the University of Alabama Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Cloth - Regular $11.00 Now $5.00

 

 

   

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Lower Chattahoochee River:
by The Columbus Museum and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Through a variety of images, including historic photographs, postcards and artwork, this book illustrates the importance of the Chattahoochee River to the region it has helped sustain.

Published in 2007 by Arcadia Publishing for The Columbus Museum and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. 128 Pages. 209 Photographs.
Paper - $19.99

 

 

 

   

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Navy Gray: A Story of the Confederate Navy on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers
by Maxine Turner

This absorbing volume reviews the role the Confederate Navy played on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers. The problems, creativeness, ingenuity and dedication of Confederate administrators, officers, and craftsmen are graphically depicted.

372 Pages.
Paper - $30.00

 

 

 

   

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Perilous Journeys: A History of Steamboating on the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint Rivers, 1828-1925
by Edward A. Mueller

This chronological history is the first in-depth study of steamboating on these three rivers.

489 pages, over 270 illustrations, maps and charts. Indexed. Published 1990 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Cloth - $29.95

 

 

 

   

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Portrait of a Region - A Pictorial Journey Along the Chattahoochee Trace of Alabama and Georgia
Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Compiler

Many full-color photographs illustrate this region's historic, scenic and recreational sites.

80 pages, 170 illustrations. Published 1982 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Paper - Regular $5.00 Now $2.50

 


 

   

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Rich Man's War: Class, Caste, and Confederate Defeat in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley
by David Williams

This book focuses on the Civil War experience of people in the Chattahoochee River Valley of Georgia and Alabama to illustrate how the exploitation of enslaved blacks and poor whites by a planter oligarchy generated overwhelming class conflict across the South, eventually leading to Confederate defeat.

304 pages. Indexed. Published 1998 by the University of Georgia Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Cloth - $36.95

 

 

 

   

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River Song: A Journey down the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers
by Joe and Monica Cook

This stunning photographic record of a source-to-sea river adventure makes a compelling argument for the preservation of one of the country's most beautiful, but threatened, waterways.

Published 2000 by The University of Alabama Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. 290 pages, illustrated.
Cloth - $39.95

 

 

   

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Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia
by Anthony Gene Carey

This book examines a relatively small part of slavery's North American domain, the lower Chattahoochee River Valley between Alabama and Georgia.

Published in 2011 by the University of Alabama Press in cooperation with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Troup County Historical Society. 255 Pages. Indexed.
Cloth - $29.95

 

 

   

 thefederalroad

The Federal Road Through Georgia, the Creek Nation and Alabama, 1806-1836
by Henry deLeon Southerland, Jr. and Jerry Elijah Brown

This book explores the history of the old Federal Road that was opened from middle Georgia through Indian country to lower Alabama.

198 pages. Indexed. Published 1991 by the University of Alabama Press for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Paper - $19.95

 

 

 

   

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The Old Beloved Path: Daily Life Among the Indians of the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley
by William W. Winn

This book describes the way the native people of the Chattahoochee Valley lived from about 10,000 B.C. to the early 17th century when their culture was impacted by Europeans. The book deals with all aspects of daily life--how people fed themselves, what they ate, how they educated their children, what they believed about God and the cosmos.

279 pages. Indexed. First published 1992 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and The Columbus Museum. Reprinted in 2008 by the University of Alabama Press.
Cloth - $19.95

 

 

 

 

 

   

 theveryworstroad

The Very Worst Road: Travellers' Accounts of Crossing Alabama's Old Creek Indian Territory, 1820-1847
compiled by Jeffrey C. Benton

Collection of sixteen antebellum accounts of traveling the Federal Road from Columbus, Georgia to Montgomery, Alabama.

176 pages. Published 1998 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. Reprinted in 2009 by the University of Alabama Press.
Paper - $17.95

 

 

 

   

 toremember

To Remember A Vanishing World: D.L. Hightower's Photographs of Barbour County, Alabama, c. 1930-1965
by Michael V.R. Thomason

This remarkable collection of over 195 black-and-white photographs paints a vivid portrait of a way of life that has disappeared in Barbour County and, for that matter, other counties in the Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia.

224 pages. 195 Photos. Indexed. First published 1997 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Clayton Historic Preservation Authority. Reprinted 1998.
Cloth - Regular $34.95 Now $17.50

 

 

 
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CHATTAHOOCHEE/ Signed & Numbered Print By BUCKY BOWLES


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Limited Edition Print/Signed & Numbered/Print Size 12" x 10"

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) has initiated a program which will showcase important people, places, events and modes of transportation that have helped shape the history of the lower Chattahoochee Valley. Signed, limited edition art prints and posters will be sold by the Commission to raise money for its heritage-tourism program of work and to spotlight selected subjects from the rich history and culture of this region. The first art print series will focus on "Riverboats of the ACF Rivers" which have been drawn by noted Georgia artist Bucky Bowles. Bucky Bowles produced his first successful painting at age eleven under the watchful eye of his favorite artist, his grandmother. His interest in art continued throughout his school years which led him to the B.F.A in Graphic Design. His career as a graphic designer has produced many notable corporate logos and a wide variety of advertising material over the past thirty-eight years. His artistic direction began to move back toward the fine arts in 1986 when he began painting watercolors of architectural details of local historical homes and buildings. His works then progressed to golfscapes and other sporting scenes that continue to include numerous commissions. Bucky's interest in the history of the Chattahoochee River and early development of Columbus led to a series of paintings of riverboats that traveled the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Perilous Journeys: A History of Steamboating on the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint Rivers, 1828-1928 by Ed Mueller was the source for the University of Georgia and a pictorial images of the boats as well as their history. The B. Bowles Studio is in Fortson, Harris County, Georgia. In 1881, the People's Line of Columbus, Georgia contracted with James Rees and Sons in Pittsburg to build "the finest vessel ever to wet the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee." She was to be called the CHATTAHOOCHEE. Her home port was Apalachicola, Florida. She was 155 feet in length, 31 feet wide, and a depth of four and a half feet and drew only 20 inches of water when not loaded. Her speed was 10 to 12 miles per hour in slack water. She was the first steel hull steamboat built in the United States and also the first with longitudinal and transverse bulkheads. The cabin accommodations were for 68 passengers. The well ventilated staterooms averaged 6 by 12 feet, and were furnished in birds-eye maple and mahogany. The saloon was furnished in black walnut and birds-eye maple with embossed paper-mache' panels. The décor included crimson velvet furniture and revolving chairs. Adjoining the saloon were the passenger bathrooms and a barber shop. The CHATTAHOOCHEE had high-pressure engines, each with a 15 inch diameter cylinder and a five foot piston stroke. She had three boilers, 42 inches in diameter, 20 feet long, each with six flues. The CHATTAHOOCHEE served on the Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers from 1881 to 1884 when it was transferred to the St. Johns River.

   
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M. W. KELLY/Signed & Numbered Print by BUCKY BOWLES

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Limited Edition Print/Signed & Numbered/ Print Size 12" x 10"

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) has initiated a program which will showcase important people, places, events and modes of transportation that have helped shape the history of the lower Chattahoochee Valley. Signed, limited edition art prints and posters will be sold by the Commission to raise money for its heritage-tourism program of work and to spotlight selected subjects from the rich history and culture of this region. The first art print series will focus on "Riverboats of the ACF Rivers" which have been drawn by noted Georgia artist Bucky Bowles. Bucky Bowles produced his first successful painting at age eleven under the watchful eye of his favorite artist, his grandmother. His interest in art continued throughout his school years which led him to the University of Georgia and a B.F.A in Graphic Design. His career as a graphic designer has produced many notable corporate logos and a wide variety of advertising material over the past thirty-eight years. His artistic direction began to move back toward the fine arts in 1986 when he began painting watercolors of architectural details of local historical homes and buildings. His works then progressed to golfscapes and other sporting scenes that continue to include numerous commissions. Bucky's interest in the history of the Chattahoochee River and early development of Columbus led to a series of paintings of riverboats that traveled the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Perilous Journeys: A History of Steamboating on the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint Rivers, 1828-1928 by Ed Mueller was the source for the pictorial images of the boats as well as their history. The B. Bowles Studio is in Fortson, Harris County, Georgia. The M.W. KELLY was owned by the Merchants and Naval Stores Transportation Company and was built by the Howard Yards of Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1900. She was 150 feet by 36 feet by 4 feet, had two engines, each with 13 inch cylinders and 5 foot piston stroke. The M.W. KELLY was equipped with an electric light plant run by steam which would power her 3,000 candle power search-lights, and 20 incandescent cabin lights. There were also four combination chandeliers for oil and electricity. Her hull, boiler deck and engine room were also lighted with electricity. It was said that the KELLY was one of the handsomest and best equipped independent steamers that was ever placed on the Chattahoochee. She served on the Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers from 1900-1908.

 

 

 

CHATTAHOOCHEE & M. W. KELLY Print Set(**see individual prints for photo & description)
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Limited Edition Print Set/Signed & Numbered/Save when you purchase both prints as a set

Bucky Bowles-Limited Edition Print Set: The CHATTAHOOCHEE & THE M.W. KELLY

$50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVERBOATS OF THE ACF RIVERS Poster
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Poster by By Bucky Bowles

"Riverboats of the ACF Rivers" poster includes a map of the river system from Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama south to Bainbridge, Georgia and Apalachicola Florida. The poster is 16" x 24" inches. (Poster will sell for $25 if purchased in combination with one or more of the limited edition prints-poster and print(s) must be purchased at the same time.

$30.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverboats of the ACF Rivers Poster & Set of Riverboat Prints
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Poster & Print Combination Set by BUCKY BOWLES

Save when you purchase all three items at the same time. Get the "RIVERBOATS OF THE ACF RIVERS" poster and limited edition set of prints which includes the CHATTAHOOCHEE and the M.W. KELLY, for the price of $75.(see indiviual listing for photo)

$75.00