of McLemore Cove
(Walker County, Georgia)
Vera Frances Cannon Coulter
978-0-9761033-9-4 or 0-9761033-9-7
Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
- Hard cover; 160 pages; 8.5"
x 11" $29.95
- 52 color photos; over 100 black
& white photos and Illustrations
- Walker County Commissioner's
- P.O. Box 445 - 101 S. Duke Street
- LaFayette, GA 30728
- Discover the McLemore Cove
Historic District, a 50,141 acre community with 293 contributing
historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Relive Northwest Georgias
rural past in this pioneer community.
- Understand the Cherokee heritage
of the North Georgia area, following one prominent familys
- Find pioneer family descendents
enjoying their ancestral homes in this beautiful cove lying between
Lookout and Pigeon Mountains.
- Look backward and forward
in time at a place made famous during the Civil War.
Library Of Congress CIPData:
Summary: History of McLemore Cove in Walker County, Georgia.
Includes Cherokee Indian records, Civil War records, small local
communities, families, churches, schools, local commerce, houses,
and cemeteries. Contains 52 full
color photos and over 100 black
and white photos
--Provided by publisher.
1. McLemore Cove (Ga.)--History.
2. McLemore Cove (Ga.) --History-- Pictorial works. 3. McLemore
Cove (Ga.)--Biography. 4. McLemore
Cove (Ga.)--Genealogy. 5. Walker County (Ga.)--History, Local.
- We the members of the
Walker County Historic Preservation Commission commend Vera Coulter
on the publication of Echoes of McLemore Cove which interestingly
traces the development of one of the most pristine sections of
our county. This work is in furtherance of what commissioner
Heiskell had in mind when she created this Commission a few years
back, that is to preserve for posterity the history and heritage
of our county. Hopefully the publication of this book will inspire
preservationists of other areas of our county to follow suit.
- --Judge Charles Clements,
--Walker County Historic Preservation Commission
- Vera Coulters Echoes
of McLemore Cove is a fascinating history of names, places
and activities of McLemore Cove, the compiling of which demanded
--John G. Webb, Jr., President
--McLemore Cove Preservation Society
- Facts, Families and Silent
Places, all this and more reverberate throughout the pages of
Echoes of McLemore Cove. The book is true chicken
soup for the local historian and a must for every local
--Clayton Bell, President
--Walker County Historical Society
- McLemore Cove is one of
the most intact rural landscapes remaining in the State of Georgia.
At 50,141 acres, it is the states largest historic district.
Vera Coulter was instrumental in the effort to list the Cove
in the National Register of Historic Places, and her tireless
work to document and preserve the Coves history is exemplary.
--Dan Latham, Historic Preservation Planner,
--Coosa Valley Regional Development Center, Rome, GA
- McLemore Cove in Walker
County is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and this
book richly describes its history and scenic beauty.
--Senator Jeff Mullis, Chairman,
--Georgia Senate Economic Development Committee
- About the Author
Vera Frances Cannon Coulter was born in Whitfield
County, Georgia and moved to St. Elmo, a suburb of Chattanooga,
Tennessee, when she was three or four years old. She graduated
from Tennessees Chattanooga High School in 1939, going
on to Wiley School of Business. She then worked at Hajoca Corporation.
She married J.W. (Jay) Coulter,
Jr. in 1946, and moved to McLemore Cove. Later when her daughter,
Mary, was born she stayed at home. After several years she decided
to go back to work, but did not want to drive into Chattanooga.
Having worked with children in Sunday school, Girl Scouts, and
4-H, she wondered if she could be a teacher. Vera asked the Department
of Education if they needed a teacher out in the Cove. Because
teachers were hard to come by so far from the city, they encouraged
her, and she went to the University of Chattanooga for four straight
years, finishing her degree at midterm on a Friday, and started
teaching at Cedar Grove School on Monday. She taught second and
third grades and loved every minute.
Vera led her classes to the
John McLemore marker near the school when they studied history.
She began digging further into local history to share with the
students, starting with the Indians of the Cove and going to
the local Civil War sites. One thing led to another, as she says,
and her life-long interest in Cove history had begun. Vera found
that people were always glad to help her in her searches, and
credits her sister-in-law and best friend, Doris Coulter Hetzler,
whose interest turned to genealogy, with sharing information
as she found it.
Being a principal worker
with the McLemore Cove Preservation Society to rescue the Cove
from becoming a water reservoir, she remembers that one of the
DNRs Historic Preservation Divisions officers said
that she had never worked with a group with as much documentation
as the Cove society had. There is so much history here
starting with the Indians, the Civil War, churches, and education,
I thought that it should be saved. If you dont write it
down, it will be gone.
In writing this book,
Mrs. Coulter tried to put enough names and dates, and touch
on a lot of subjects without going into too much depth so that
history enthusiasts and those working on genealogy can find clues
to help them pursue their interest and dig even deeper.
The author is also
a member of the Wm. Marsh Chapter of the DAR, Walker County Historical
Society, and Cassandra Baptist Church. She lives in a house built
in the 1850s by Wiley Bailey, whose father-in-law, Wm.
Hinnard, is an ancestor of her husband. The farm has been in
the Coulter name since 1874, and she is thankful that her daughter
Mary and her husband Charles Shaw love the farm and intend to
keep it in the family even longer.
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