March 5, 2021

DAR Day of Service benefits local non-profit

Pictured above (L-R): Julia Saint, Carla Brown, Tamara Harris, Mary Lane, Pamela Lyle (Photo: DAR)

(Franklin, GA) — Members of the James Stewart Chapter recently played in the dirt to commemorate the 129th anniversary of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mary Lane, Conservation Chairman for the group, coordinated the special day to benefit This Old Farmhouse Georgia.

Located on Highway 27 South in Centralhatchee, the farmhouse mission is to teach self-sufficient living and the history of rural farming practices in West Georgia during the early 1900’s.

The historic property and their conservation efforts have transformed the property into an exceptional learning opportunity for the citizens of Heard County. The farmhouse museum contains period rooms, relics and artifacts common to the area. Many residents have donated period items to the museum over the past six years.

During this visit to the property, chapter members planted blueberry bushes near the orchard area on the backside of the property. Previous visits by the chapter has yielded three peach trees and two apple trees over the past year.

Future plans include planting additional fruit-bearing trees in their orchard.

The blueberry bushes will yield two crops each year and will be used in demonstrations on canning techniques and making jelly/preserves using traditional methods of preparation.

The blueberry bushes were planted in loving memory of the late Virginia Turner Smith. Ms. Virginia dedicated her life to giving and providing for others. The berries produced and used from these bushes will always remind us of her generous nature.

Private tours are available upon request. Please call (770) 853-9056 to arrange a visit to this hidden treasure in our county.

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