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Centennial celebrations continue with Founder's Day weekend

POSTED: September 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.
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Events will be around the historic courthouse, where the obelisk now stands, as well as the museum grounds.

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The commemoration of Barrow’s 100th birthday will continue with the Founder’s Day Festival this weekend, hosted by the Barrow County Centennial Celebration Committee.

The festival, to be held on the grounds of the Barrow County Museum and Historic Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday, will first feature the burial of a community time capsule at 11 a.m. (specifications for how to contribute are listed later in this article), followed by a concert by the Fort Yargo Community Band at noon.

There will be a dance performance by the Jug Tavern Squares at 1 p.m., and at 2 p.m. the community will partake of a 100th birthday cake before a walking tour of downtown Winder at 3 p.m.

Centennial Celebration Committee Co-Chair Kathy White said that for the duration of the festival, there will be demonstrations by the Fort Yargo Living History Society of how Barrow’s founders would have lived, including portrayals of such skills as blacksmithing, candle-making, cooking in a Dutch oven, spinning and quilting.

"These things were common, every day practices back in 1914 that now we sort of take for granted," White said.

Additionally, White said there will be a model train display set up at the corner of Candler and Jackson Streets (which will also be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) so members of the community can observe model trains operating, tours of the renovated Historic Courthouse and a special event radio station set up by the Barrow Amateur Radio Club.

"They will be making contacts with amateur radio operators all around the world, to commemorate Barrow County’s 100th birthday," White said.

All Founder’s Day events are free and open to the public.

Guidelines for contributions to the time capsule, which the Centennial Celebration Committee hopes will be opened for Barrow’s bicentennial anniversary in 2114, are as follows:

•Entries must fit inside a 9" x 12" acid-free envelope (up to 30 sheets of paper) or a 15" x 11" bag that can accommodate pamphlets, larger drawings or sketches.

•These envelopes and bags are available at the Barrow County Museum for $1 each.

•If you would like to submit an item that will not fit in one of these containers, contact the committee via email ( to discuss options.

•Family histories, photographs with provided information about the subjects of the photos, menus, pamphlets, booklets, etc. are appropriate.

•Do not staple multi-page documents, as the committee intends to photocopy most things onto acid-free paper so it will hold up for 100 years.

•No food items or perishable goods can be included.

•An informational form must be filled out for each bag or envelope submitted.

•Space is limited. The Barrow County Centennial Committee reserves the right to reject any items for submission because of space limitations, longevity expectations or for other reasons.

Submissions for the capsule should be dropped off at the Barrow County Museum (at which time bags and envelopes may also be purchased) or left with Danielle Austin at the Historic Courthouse.


Schedule of events:

• 11 a.m. – Burial of community time capsule

• 12 p.m. – Fort Yargo Community Band concert

• 1 p.m. – Jug Tavern Squares dance performance

• 2 p.m. – Community 100th birthday cake

• 3 p.m. – Downtown Winder walking tour

• Duration of festival:

o Demonstrations of life in 1914

o Model train display at corner of Candler and Jackson (also open Sunday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

o Special event amateur radio station

o Tours of the renovated Historic Courthouse




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