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A Probable Young Volcano in Rabun County, Georgia

A Probable Young Volcano in Rabun County, Georgia

I am continuing to explore the terrain around the Soque and Itza Provinces in northern Habersham County and Rabun County.   The Itza towns were concentrated in the Dillard Valley, which at the time of the De Soto Expedition was a shallow lake. This valley is the source of the Little Tennessee River.  The Itza towns were labeled as Echete by Colonel John Barnwell in his map of the Lower Southeast.  Most moved to the Macon Area after the Creek-Cherokee War broke out.   By the time that British traders started visiting the region, it was a narrow swamp.  The swamp was drained by early white settlers, so the valley has some of the richest agricultural soil in the Southeast.   Note that a volcanic cone, sits atop a much, much older segment of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  To the southwest of this peak is a Chimney Mountain, which periodically exhaled smoke until the late 1800s.   Some locals around Batesville told me that they have seen steam coming out of Chimney Mountain recently, but this can not be confirmed.

 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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  1. playclay2013@yahoo.com'

    The School sits up there beautifully. Makes me wonder what the topography already was and how much grading was done in building the earliest buildings. Wonder what records or accounts might exist about the early construction? It would make sense that a great many schools, churches, and early courthouses were built on established sites that were already graded and were well known landmarks. The early “camp meeting” sites would likely have been similarly known and utilized.

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