The property is listed in the county tax maps as 7.7 acres, but the firm which had the real estate listing is doing nothing to promote it. (That’s typical in Union County.) I contacted Harry Norman Realty, a large Atlanta based realty firm, because I trust them completely, whereas I don’t trust some of the realtors in the mountains. Here is a lady with the Harry Norman Realty Branch Office in Blairsville, GA, who will do a professional job of representing an out of town purchaser’s interest. Contact Dee Freed (678-386-5078) for info and to be your representative in purchasing the property.
The property is within the Track Rock Archaeological Zone, but has no government historic preservation restrictions on it, because the county has not passed an Historic Preservation District ordinance. Nearby are several tourist oriented commercial establishments, so I don’t foresee any problem in obtaining a zoning permit for a hostel, campground or museum.
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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.