Posts Tagged ‘Subligna’

School Days: Subligna High School Class of 1949

School Days: Subligna High School Class of 1949

Recently my cousin Christa McWilliams set up a new group on Facebook called Subligna Community Members & Friends. Her idea was to bring people together to share old photos and memories about growing up in the tiny community nestled at the southern end of the East and West Armuchee valleys. It’s the same community where […]


Georgia Backroads: “The Scoggins Family and Subligna Go Way Back” [Out Now!]

Georgia Backroads: "The Scoggins Family and Subligna Go Way Back" [Out Now!]

My latest publication, titled “The Scoggins Family and Subligna Go Way Back,” appears in the current Winter 2012 edition of Georgia Backroads. Georgia Backroads is a wonderful journal that features interesting writing and photos about Georgia history, nature, and travel. The first time I saw Georgia Backroads I immediately knew I wanted to be part […]


School Days: Subligna School Children

School Days: Subligna School Children

Today I’ve another update in the School Days series. The last update was very specific, naming each student and the exact class and year. That image was from 1991. Most of the time older school photos aren’t so well documented and history leaves us to our own devices. Today’s photo is one such image. I […]


Mad Dogs and Venomous Snakes: The Inconsequential Nature of Everyday Life

Mad Dogs and Venomous Snakes: The Inconsequential Nature of Everyday Life

Whenever I get the time, I love poring through old newspapers from Chattooga and Walker Counties, searching the bits of news for names of people in my family tree. The Summerville News and Walker County Messenger are littered with my ancestors far and wide. Most of the time when an ancestor is mentioned it seems […]


Hey There Delila: Mapping An Armuchee Valley Matriarch [Part 1]

Hey There Delila: Mapping An Armuchee Valley Matriarch [Part 1]

When I was growing up I always thought of the two sides of my family, mom’s side and dad’s side, as being completely segregated. Mom’s family was from Villanow and dad’s family was from Subligna. It seemed like two¬†different¬†places and that people from one place didn’t really know people from the other even though they […]


School Days: Students at Subligna School, 1930’s

School Days: Students at Subligna School, 1930's

In the late 19th and early 20th century there were numerous schools scattered about the Armuchee and Dirt Town Valley regions. Today not even one of them remains. Gradually, one by one, they were all consolidated and now everyone travels to the larger towns for school. I have relatively little knowledge about the small schools […]


Ridges and Valleys and Streams… Oh My!

Ridges and Valleys and Streams... Oh My!

The area of northwest Georgia where I grew up is part of the Valley and Ridge region. This region is made up of “long northeast-southwest-trending valleys and ridges that give the region its name” (Geology). The region is not unique to Georgia and “extends continuously from New York to the edge of the Coastal Plain […]