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Contact info for Track Rock Gap Archaeological Zone outparcel

Contact info for Track Rock Gap Archaeological Zone outparcel

 

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.

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  1. john-redcliff@yandex.com'

    I wonder if there is no reader that could buy this themselves, maybe a group of readers could club up to buy this land? Maybe as an LLC or some kind of non-profit or something?

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    • The Creeks in Georgia have set up a non-profit corporation for the purchase and conservation of Native American heritage sites. We would be delighted to work with anyone to acquire this outparcel and develop it as a base for hikers and campers, wanting to explore the many trails leading out from the edge of this property.

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  2. mjparker@mindspring.com'

    Is there an available plat map from the county showing the recorded parameters? It would be helpful.

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    • I am sure there is. The realtor had on My suggestion is that you contact Dee Freed at Harry Norman. She has been doing the research. You know, back in my high school days there was a female gunslinger named MJ Parker. She had a ranch where Old Bill Cook Road ran into the Old National Turnpike. Was she any relashun to you’uns?

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      • mjparker@mindspring.com'

        Yep, same ole gunslinger, but most recently real estate broker and GA Real Estate Commission Instructor. Retired now! I hated to call a busy agent for a plat map, but no longer have access. I will try to reach her. Sounds like an interesting piece of historical dirt!!

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        • Call the GIS operator at the Union County Planning Department. Our county has tax maps online. Bet they do to.

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          • mjparker@mindspring.com'

            Thanks! I’ll try tomorrow. Mary Jane

  3. nigel@wedjie.com'

    Hi Richard,
    I would like to make a small donation to you to help with your post-lightning strikes mayhem. I can’t do too much but I would like to help you.
    Could you please tell me if the ‘donate’ button is yours and if it works?
    I get a lot of rubbish advertising on your site and I would hate to send good money off to some multi-national fraud squad hiding behind a fake button !!
    Nigel
    An avid UK follower!!

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    • Nigel, the PayPal button goes to me. Don’t worry about that. We don’t own this website and don’t know who owns it now, so I have created a new non-commercial website that is much more dignified. It contains no advertising and long, in-depth articles on indigenous architecture and cultural history. That URL is ApalacheResearch.com. The name of the website is The Americas Revealed. Thank you. I can use all the help I can get this month, but since I didn’t charge anything, I should be back in the saddle next month!

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      • nigel@wedjie.com'

        Hi Richard,
        Thanks for the reply. I have sent a small amount today, please let me know that it has arrived safely and I’ll send you a bit more.
        Re your new website, I’ll look at it hopefully at the weekend… is it going replace the POOF site?
        Nigel

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        • All of the long or architectural articles will be in the The Americas Revealed. We don’t know who owns this site. It could disappear tomorrow and there is nothing I could do . . . so I had to get alternatives established.

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  4. panthergaptx@gmail.com'

    Howdy, Had some down time so went on one of my little side trips via internet. Long story short. If you have time take a look at TOPO of Hewitt Run Jackson County Ohio.
    Poor excuse available to me shows what looks like stone features.
    Best on your acreage hunt.

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