Across Bartow County a wealth of untold stories lay hidden off the-beaten-path and underneath the dense tundra of long-forgotten roads.
Richard Wright has explored many of those obscure areas and over the past dozen years has collected an abundance of research on pre-Civil War history.
An avid outdoorsman and historian, Wright is among an emerging hybrid of scholars who strap up their hiking boots and grab their mountain bikes to explore history through a hands-on, albeit rugged approach.
“As you go back on these old roads you go back in time,” Wright said.
Wright said through his research he has discovered a thriving, little-known metropolis, right here in Bartow County.
In the years leading up to the War Between the States, Wright said locals earned solid dividends through a “cutting-edge” iron industry, gold mining and the moonshine.
“It’s wild what kind of history is right here in our backyard,” Wright said. “It’s about understanding where you live and spending time outdoors to explore the history of the area in a hands-on way that gives you the opportunity to discover first-hand some of the forgotten pieces of local history.”
Wright, who grew up in the Acworth/Kennesaw area, will be the guest speaker at the Bartow History Museum’s monthly evening lecture program June 27 at 7 p.m.
Wright will discuss the history of Rowland Springs Resort, once located off Ga. Hwy. 20 in the Rowland Springs area.
Rowland Springs got its name from Major John S. Rowland, originally from Rutherford, North Carolina, who came to Cass County from in 1839. Prior to the Civil War, this resort was one of the finest and most popular in the state- not only because of its beauty, but the medicinal properties of its spring water.
“With summer vacation season upon us, this program will describe a popular resort destination from the mid-to-late 1800s right here in our backyard,” said museum director Trey Gaines.
The lecture is free to museum members and included in the price of admission for non-members.
Gaines said the lecture series is a great program for history enthusiasts.
“The lectures provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more bout our rich history, whether they are popular or well-known topics or lesser-known but equally interesting and important topics that make up the history of Bartow County,” Gaines said.
Information: (770) 382-3818 ext. 6288 or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.