2018 June Meeting

Sunday, June 10, at 2:00 PM at the Moore County Historical Society will meet at the  Masonic Hall in Lynchburg, The program will be presented by John N. Lovett, Jr., Ph.D.  It will be on Pre-Civil war cotton and spinning mills in the Moore and Franklin County area. There were many mills located int the area.  There were several on Mulberrry Creek.

John Lovett is a native of Crossett, Arkansas, and has lived in Tennessee since 1976. He and his wife Janie purchased Falls Mill near Belvidere in 1984 as a site for the development of their Museum of Power and Industry. They moved from Chattanooga where John had been an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He taught from 1984 until 1991 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before going into engineering consulting part-time. In 2006 John “retired” from engineering to devote his time to working at Falls Mill and on other mill restoration projects. John and Janie have been members of The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) for more than 35 years. John has served on the SPOOM Board of Directors for many years and has done extensive restoration work on Falls Mill. He has also consulted on more than 80 mill restoration or construction projects across the country. Projects have included mill design and equipment layout, waterwheel and turbine installation, machinery restoration, and millstone sharpening. He is currently focusing on restoring a rare collection of nineteenth century textile equipment for interpretive exhibit at Falls Mill. John became an instructor when he helped organize the SPOOM Miller Training program in 2008. He was involved in developing the curriculum and has conducted, with other instructors, numerous sessions to date. He and Janie have also hosted several “hands-on” Miller Training sessions at Falls Mill.

The program is open to the public and all are welcome.  Contact George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 921-581-2621 or Betty Robertson at grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or 931-759-7763.

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2018 March Meeting

On Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 PM at the Moore County Historical Society will meet at the Masonic Hall in Lynchburg , Al Simmons will present a program called “Mt Herman Community, tis settlers, families and cemeteries, the center of the Chestnut Ridge” Mt. Herman is located at the intersection of Moore, Lincoln and Bedford counties and is on the Chestnut Ridge which intersects the counties. It was one of the earliest settled areas in these counties and was important in the development of these counties. Our speaker Al Simmons is retired from Arnold Engineering Development Center. He is president of the Bedford County Historical Society and the Chestnut Ridge Cousins. He is a native of Bedford County and has been a historical researcher for many years. The program is open to the public and all are welcome. Contact George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 921-581-2621 or Betty Robertson at grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or 931-759-7763.

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2017 November Meeting

On Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 PM at the Moore County Historical Society in Masonic Hall in Lynchburg, Richard Dix will present a program called “America’s forgotten veteran, the horse”. The horse and other equines have been used in all American wars and have died by the millions. Some were very famous but most died unknown. The were indispensable serving the military. The program is open to the public and all are welcome. For further information Contact George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 921-581-2621 or Betty Robertson at grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or 931-759-7763.

During the Civil (1861–1865), cavalry held the most important and respected role it would ever hold in the American military was also highly mobile. Both horses and mules pulled the guns, though only horses were used on the battlefield. At the beginning of the war, most of the experienced cavalry officers were from the South and thus joined the Confederacy, leading to the Confederate Army’s initial battlefield superiority. The tide turned at the 1863 Battle of Brandy Station, part of where the Union Cavalry in the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the American continent ended the dominance of the South By 1865, Union cavalry were decisive in achieving victory ] So important were horses that the surrender terms at Appomattox allowed every Confederate cavalryman to take his horse home with him. This was because, unlike their Union counterparts, Confederate cavalrymen provided their own horses for service instead of drawing them from the government.

In World War 1 On both fronts, the horse was also used as pack animal. Because railway lines could not withstand artillery bombardments, horses carried ammunition and supplies between the rail heads and the rear trenches, though the horses generally were not used in the actual trench zone This role of horses was critical, and thus horse fodder was the single largest commodity shipped to the front by some countries.

In WWII , horses and mules were an essential form of transport, especially by the British in the rough terrain of Italy and the Middle East The German and the Soviet armies used horses until the end of the war for transportation of troops and supplies. The German Army, strapped for motorized transport because its factories were needed to produce tanks and aircraft, used around 2.75 million horses—more than it had used in World War I.[ One German infantry division in Normandy in 1944 had 5,000 horse ] The Soviets used 3.5 million horses.

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2017 September Meeting

Charmaine Riley Holley will be presenting a program entitled “Introduction to DNA and Developing a DNA Testing Plan for Your Genealogy.” at the Moore County Historical Society meeting September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Lynchburg at the Masonic Lodge. Charmaine has conducted genealogical research for more than thirty years and added DNA as a research tool in 2013. She attended the first offered week-long Genetic Genealogy workshop in 2013 in Pittsburg and several advanced workshops since that time. She also completed the 15 week Genetic Genealogy course at Excelsior College taught last fall by Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD (Biochemistry). She has many Tennessee roots (some going back to before 1820), including Anderson, Hill, Uselton, Moore, and others in Bedford, Coffee, and Franklin Counties.

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at
931-581-2621

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2017 June Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will meet Sunday June 11, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the
Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg. Mr. Jack Masters with an talk about his fourth book “Land Grants for the Elk River 1783-1831”. It lists and maps the land grants given on the Elk River. This includes Moore, Franklin, Lincoln and Giles Counties. The book is 650 pages long, fully indexed and has the grants superimposed on present day Maps, enabling you to determine the modern day location of these grants.

“Land Grants for the Elk River 1783-1831 will be available for purchase at the end of his program. Mr. Masters has written 3 other books covering the North of the Cumberland River, South of the Cumberland River, and the Duck River. He is a native of Putnam County, Tennessee, lives in Sumner County and retired from the Aladdin Company in Nashville and has been writing in retirement. His web site is http://www.jackmasters.net/index.html

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at
931-581-2621

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2017 March Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will meet Sunday March 12, at 2:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg.  Mr. Jack Masters will talk about  his fourth book “Land Grants for the Elk River 1783-1831”.  It lists and maps the land grants given on the Elk River.  This includes Moore, Franklin, Lincoln and Giles Counties.  The book is 650 pages long, fully indexed and has the grants superimposed on present day Maps, enabling you to determine the modern day location of these grants.

“Land Grants for the Elk River 1783-1831  will be available for purchase at the end of his program.

Mr. Masters has written 3 other books covering the North of the Cumberland River, South of the Cumberland River, and the Duck River.  He is a native of Putnam County, Tennessee, lives in Sumner County and retired from the Aladdin Company in Nashville and has been writing in retirement.  His web site is http://www.jackmasters.net/index.html

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at 931-581-2621.

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2016 November Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will meet Sunday November 13, at 2:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg.  It will be a two part program.  The first presenter will be Gary Moore from the Landtrust  Tennessee .which is a program to conserve and protect the unique character of Tennessee’s agricultural, natural, historical and cultural landscapes and sites for further generations.  There are 333 acres in Moore County that are in the Landtrust program,.  The primary tool is a conservation easement.  The property can be sold in a normal manner.  Mr. Moore graduated from Middle Tennessee with a degree in agriculture in plant and soil science.  The worked 37 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in many counties in the state of Tennessee.  He has worked with the Land Trust for Tennessee since 2013 and is now the farmland conservation director working with farmland easements to keep farms free forever with significant income tax deductions.   Their web site is www.landtrusttn.org

The second portion of the program with be Mr. Jack Masters with an explanation of his fourth book “Land Grants for the Elk River 1783-1831”.  It lists and maps the land grants given in the Elk River.  This includes Moore, Franklin, Lincoln and Giles Counties.  The book is 650 pages long, fully indexed and has the grants superimposed on present day Maps.

These will be available for purchase at the end of his program.  Mr. Masters has written 3 other books covering the North of the Cumberland River, South of the Cumberland River, and the Duck River.  He is a native of Putnam County, Tennessee, lives in Sumner County and retired from the Aladdin Company in Nashville and has been writing in retirement.  His web site is http://www.jackmasters.net/index.html

This will also is the time for our election of officers.  We are looking for anyone willing to serve.

We are especially looking for treasurer and secretary positions, since our present treasurer have served for many years and reside in Franklin.

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at 931-581-2621.

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2016 September Meeting

Ken Moore will present a program at the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting on September 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg. The program is “A Masonic History of Moore County Lodges and a Cemetery‘. He will discuss the various Masonic Lodges that have been in Moore County. He will also talk about the Lynchburg Cemetery, which was originally established as the Odd Fellows and Masonic Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge was cemetery custodian for many years after the Odd Fellow Lodge ceased to exist. It is now governed by an independent board. Ken Moore is very active in the Lynchburg Masonic Lodge (Farris Creek #509). He has held all offices in the Masonic Lodge, and has served as secretary for many years. He is the historian for the Lodge and has actively worked with the cemetery in the past. He is a long time resident of Moore County. Ken is retired after working many years in law enforcement and transportation industry.

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at 931-581-2621.

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2016 June Meeting

The next meeting of the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society will be held Sunday June 12, 2016 at 2.00 PM at the Masonic Hall in Lynchburg. The program will be about Cemeteries, documentation and location.. The speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of Sewanee who teaches at the University of the South.

Since 1998, Smith has been doing primary field research on the cemeteries of Middle Tennessee, visiting dozens of cemeteries each year. In 1999 he and Columbia, Tennessee, student Lonsdale Green co-authored a paper presented in London on the “Stone Burial Monuments of Middle Tennessee.” Smith has been particularly interested in discovering and describing Tennessee’s long-abandoned (and overgrown) cemeteries. He trains his students in basic field techniques such as mapping, use of GPS devices, digital photography, stone recognition, and tree identification to understand the way cemeteries mature and then decay over a century or more. His program on “Sacred Suburbs” has been given or requested by a number of Tennessee towns. Smith has also lectured on cemeteries for the Friends of the Library of the University of the South, for the Sewanee Summer Seminar, and for the Franklin County Historical Society. He has developed a middle-school lesson plan for an interdisciplinary approach for teams of teachers to use in teaching school children about local cemeteries. He has used his cemetery skills in advising local authorities in managing cemeteries on public lands or in proposed highway right-of-way corridors.

Dr. Gerald L. Smith studied religion and philosophy of science at Duke University where he received his Doctorial Degree. Smith is currently at work as co-editor of three books on the history of the University of the South and was recently elected president of the Franklin County Historical Society. He has taught at the University of the South for over 45 years.

The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.  For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621 .

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2016 March Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on The Dixie Highway at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: March 13 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.

Marjorie Collier will discuss the Dixie Highway, the first major north/south paved highway in the United States, built mostly between the years 1915 and 1927 to connect Chicago with Miami. It was to have a major impact on the society, culture, and economics of the country. The original route ran through Tullahoma coming in on what is now Highway 130 through Franklin County and leaving through Bedford County and parts of Moore County.

Marjorie S. Collier was born in Madison, Indiana and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Teaching degree from MTSU. She has taught at Tennessee Tech and substituted at local schools. She has worked at Tennessee OSHA, and at Arnold Center, she worked as an engineer for contractor ARO, Corps of Engineers, and Air Force Civil Service. She obtained a license as a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee. She was married to Herman Collier and is the mother of five children and grandmother of ten children.

Her interests include history and preserving natural areas. She is a charter member of the Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma and Friends of Short Springs (State Natural Area). Marjorie is co-author of “Coffee County from Arrowheads to Rockets” and editor of the Historic Society’s publication, “Tullahoma Time-Table”. She has served on the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Tullahoma Utilities Board and is currently a member of the Historic Zoning Commission of Tullahoma. She sings in the choir at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and fills in on organ when the regular organist is absent.

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621

The Moore County Historical Society’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/243438172439297/

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