2017-12-20 / Front Page

Early County - 200

“Editors, Early County News: Believing that something of the early history of this county will prove interesting to your readers of the present day and that some record thereof should be preserved for future reference, we have prepared the following sketch which will, we hope, prove of sufficient interest to secure its publication in your newspaper.”

That was the lead paragraph of “Some Pioneer History of Early County” (1818 - 1871) written by one of the county’s early pioneers — Joel W. Perry. He was addressing his son-in-law, William W. Fleming who was married to his daughter, Albina.

Fifty years ago, in 1967, plans were underway for activities to celebrate Early County’s “sesquicentennial” — 150 years of life in Early County since its origin Dec. 15, 1818.

Today, work is underway to celebrate Early County’s bicentennial. The Early Co. Board of Commissioners has appointed Julie Jarrett and Robert Chester bicentennial committee co-chairs. The board requested a year long celebration with monthly events throughout the year.

“Our main goal is to hold events that give residents of Early County the opportunity to enjoy our community together, Jarrett stated in a letter sent out to the community last week.

Over 40 people have already volunteered to be on the bicentennial committees, “but we will gladly accept more volunteers!” Jarrett noted.

She noted in the letter that a number of the committees have already been hard at work.

The Historical Publication Committee has been working to get the publication “Early County in 2018” off to a good start. Their goal is to have all information compiled, updated and ready to print, ads sold, book printed and ready to be sold by July. Janie Thomas and Ruth Washington are guiding this project.

Anyone willing to help them compile information or put the book together, should contact Janie at the Early County Museum at 724-7222 or at ecm@earlycountymuseum.com.

A publication committee meeting is scheduled for noon Jan. 9. After that the committee meeting will be every other Tuesday at lunch at the museum.

The Program Committee has already “hashed out” many opportunities and plans for programs throughout the year. That committee will meet again Jan. 4 at 5:15 to continue plans.

Last week’s letters were sent to businesses, organizations, churches, etc. encouraging them to find a way to be a part of the bicentennial. In January Bicentennial Declarations will be presented from the Early County Board of Commissioners, the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia State Senate and Governor Nathan Deal. The Jan. 20 Dr. James H. Crowdis Run and Walk will also be recognized as a kickoff Bicentennial event.

Visit the Bicentennial Facebook page at EarlyCo200 or Early County Bicentennial!

Anyone with an idea for the bicentennial, interested in helping or serving on a committee should contact Julie at 308-2428.

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