Monday, March 30, 2015

Press Release

Press Release

President’s Message
Welcome to the Cave Spring Historical Society Newsletter
In 1975, a small group of local artist and other lovers of beauty met and formed this
organization. They had been disturbed by the deterioration of several abandoned historical
buildings in lovely Rolator Park. They enlisted Diane Dawson, who was a local dynamo, to
spear head the renovation. First, they needed funds so they started the Cave Spring Arts
Festival which has now been active and popular for 40 years. Then they searched for Grants.
No Federal monies, State monies, Foundations were readily available. So what could they do
in a town of 900 citizens and no millionaires? They rolled up their sleeves and asked for
volunteers who wanted to be a part of a community action. Hundreds of people gave sweat
equity and worked thousands of hours so that you and I can enjoy these buildings featured in
this site.
Five years ago an observant citizen noticed a log cabin hidden inside an old dilapidated hotel
building. Since then it has been verified that this two story building was built by the Cherokee
Indians in 1810. It has been researched and documented for five years and again dollars are
not raining from the sky so the organization is asking for the community to again come
together and remove the dilapidated building that is hiding the treasure. We are seeing history
repeat itself. Come to Cave Spring and see what a determined citizenry can do with their own,
“blood sweat and tears.”
We’ve heard about community barn raising. Well, on April 11, 2015, the City of Cave SpringGeorgia under the auspices of the Cave Spring Historical society will have a Cabin revealing.
Five years ago an observant citizen, noticed something strange under the dilapidated clap
boards of an abandoned hotel. Five years of extensive research has verified that there is a two
story hand hewed log cabin built by Avery Vann, upstanding citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in
1810. Rooms were added sometime in the past 150 years that obscured the cabin structure.
The insides had been remodeled as hotel rooms. It was a huge surprise to even the 100 year
old citizens in our fair town. There had been rumors but they were discounted and now there it
was. Contrary to popular belief, grant monies haven’t rained from the sky, so we have decided
to have a big work day where maybe a 100 citizens: young and old, black and white, deaf and
hearing will come together and work as a team to remove the decaying structure that is hiding
the “diamond in the rough.”
We know this can be done because 40 years ago the historical society was formed to save
three abandoned buildings that were deteriorating in beautiful Rolator Park in our fair city. They
raised money through art festivals and through lots of sweet equity the Society and the citizens
of Cave Spring came together and saved these buildings from certain destruction and turned
them into beautiful, functional, historical buildings that you and I can enjoy. The historically
significant, Presbyterian Church, was donated to the Society for preservation. Again volunteers
came together to build a back porch close to but not attached to the historical building and
added two restrooms and a storage room so that the desanctified building could become an Art
Gallery to be enjoyed by visitors to our beautiful community snuggled in the foothills of
Northwest Georgia. Take a Saturday, April 11th to visit us and drink from our spring waters
judged best in Georgia on numerous occasions. While you are here you can picnic in the park
and enter our intriguing cave and on yeah, you can help us remove old boards and plaster and
expose what will in a short time be a tribute to our heritage and to those native Americans who
called our fair village home for hundreds of years.

March 29, 2015
Michael Burton
President of the Cave Spring Historical society

Sunday, March 22, 2015







Monday, March 16, 2015

Cave Spring Historical Society Newsletter: Member Colt Chambers

Cave Spring Historical Society Newsletter: Member Colt Chambers: Member Colt Chambers Cave Spring Historical Society Board  has been invited to speak at the University of Georgia  on March 24, 2015 to the ...

Member Colt Chambers

Member Colt Chambers Cave Spring Historical Society Board  has been invited to speak at the University of Georgia on March 24, 2015to the school's Career and Life Planning class. Colt was invited to speak about his vast experience and background in Nonprofit leadership and development.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CSHS Open Meeting at the Hearn Inn

CSHS open Meeting at the Hearn Inn - 6:00 March 23,2015, Monday
Everyone Invited. Come learn about the stupendous Cabin work day.
Jobs for everyone. Taking off tin, stacking lumber pulling nails, cooking stew, safety marshall,
first aid.
This is a community event!!
Join us for the planning. We will assign Crew Chiefs for different activities.
Talk about and see examples of tools needed.
Demonstration of hewing a log with a broad ax.
Support the cabin with your sweat equity and/or by becoming a member ($20.00)
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event. You can tell your children, grandchildren and even great
grandchildren that you participated in this momentous event.
Show the world what the people of Cave Spring can do.
Everyone invited - young and old, male and female, black and white, deaf and hearing.
Let’s see some community spirit.
Interpreter provided for the Deaf.
It’ll be like an old fashioned barn raising but in reverse. We will remove the dormers from the
front half of the cabin and separate it from the “Old Hotel”.
We’re going to make Cave Spring hum. If you’re not humming then get out of the way.

Mike Burton

Monday, March 9, 2015

Message About The Vann Cabin From President Mike Burton

We had a great morning S Pretty weather and good spirits at the cabin.  FCCI workers did a great job of cleaning up the area behind the cabin under the supervision of Michael Long, Assistant Warden. I was impressed with the alacrity of the workers as they put all bricks on palettes and wrapped them in plastic.  All lumber was put on a trailer and moved to dry storage and rotten lumber was disposed of. Board members, Pete Mathis, Steve Craw, Ann Montgomery, Chris Lemons, Billy Wayne Abernathy made the work go smooth by opening up the storage area and the cabin area and assisting workers to load and store wood. Thanks. Terry Lemons was critical as he backed the trailer into the places where it could be most effectively used.We are ready for the KSU project as soon as we can move the bricks out of the  cabin yard to a storage area. Hope we can do that before the coming rains. Mike

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Work Day

It is nasty today but the prognosticators predict dry weather for the next two says, so Michael Long and I are scheduling a workday Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 AM. Michael will have a number of workers and a trailer full of pallets. 

Pete and Diana are working on getting the bricks and lumber stored temporarily at the old lumber yard.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there with your brogans and work gloves so that we can have the cabin yard neat and clean by noon for the community and our KSU compatriots.

Rest during the rain so you will be froggy Saturday.

Michael Burton
Scout Master, Troop 20
Cave Spring, Georgia