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Past Tense

Meet the Peelers: It’s quite a story

Peeler Road is one of the many Dunwoody roads named for families who once lived on them. The Peelers first became interested in the Chamblee Dunwoody Road area when a family member began working for Dr. Luther Fischer. Dr. Fischer was a physician and co-founder of Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He and his wife built a Phillip Schutze designed mansion which still stands as part of the Preserve at Fischer Mansion development on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
DPT guests hear of Civil War hunger

“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” This line spoken by Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” may be part of a fictional work by Margaret Mitchell, but hunger was a real consequence of the Civil War in Atlanta. Dr. Sy Goodman spoke about the effects of the Civil War on the city on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Spruill Arts Center.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
Dunwoody intersection tells railroad history

How many times a day do you drive through the Chamblee Dunwoody and Mount Vernon Road intersection? Rather than thinking about where you are going or how bad the traffic is, consider the history of this intersection and how it developed from that history.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
Memories of Christmas far past

Christmas in the small farming community of Dunwoody in the 1930’s was a simpler time. The farmhouses were few and far between. The roads were mostly unpaved and it was not easy to travel whether in a buggy, wagon, or car.

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
A day that should still live in infamy

Dec. 7 comes around every year and for some it may be just another day and part of the countdown to Christmas. In my home growing up and even to this day, my mom reminds the family each year of the significance of Dec. 7, 1941— the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
The story of what was before Peachtree High and PCMS

In the 1940’s and 1950’s there was a two story farm house where Peachtree Charter Middle School is located today. Mr. L. C. Orr lived in the home between 1943 and 1948 and recalls those days well. He shared some of his memories with me.

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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Former banker’s retreat is home to Susansnaps

Laura and Ken Stachler weren’t looking for an older home when they moved to Dunwoody back in 1993. However, the hidden ranch home on Spalding Mill Road immediately captured their interest. It was in need of repairs and needed a little more space for their family, but they could see the hidden potential and the lot was idyllic.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
How a poker game turned 380 acres into Dunwoody Club Forest

Nestled between Houghton Court, Trowbridge Drive and Forest Springs Drive is a lovely historic home and surrounding gardens. Owners Dr. and Mrs. Allen Paris have cared for and preserved the home and six acres, which sits in the heart of Dunwoody Club Forest.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Remembering life in the ‘50s in Mayberry, er, Dunwoody

Back when “walk to school day” was every day, even if you lived a mile or more away and you could still stop in the country store for a piece of candy or a frosty Coke—this was Dunwoody in the 1950s. These are the days when Larkin Head was a young boy growing up in Dunwoody and he shared some of his memories with me.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
150 years ago: Federal troops cross river on way to Dunwoody

Union soldiers camped in Roswell, Georgia were awakened at 3:00 a.m. on July 9, 1864 and informed that they would be wading across the Chattahoochee River. Their crossing point was the Shallow Ford, a shallow part of the river located where the park and playground are today on Azalea Drive.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Union troops moved into Roswell in July 1864

About 150 years ago, on July 5, 1864, Union General Kenner Garrard moved his troops into the town of Roswell. He approached the town hoping to lead his troops across the bridge over the Chattahoochee River. However, at 11:00 am that same day, the Roswell Battalion led by Captain James King rode south across the bridge and set it on fire. The covered bridge was located about thirty feet west of today’s Roswell Road Bridge.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Civil War remembrances focus on route to Battle of Atlanta

In early May of 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman had gathered approximately 110,000 men as he prepared to move south toward Atlanta. The Union troops consisted of three armies; the Army of the Cumberland led by General George Thomas, the Army of the Tennessee led by General James McPherson, and the Army of the Ohio led by General John Schofield.

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