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I grew up in a small town in North Georgia. The town was located where the Blue Ridge Mountains rise up from the Piedmont. People there said they lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.

Things were very different back in the fifties.  It was a rural setting. The first European families to settle there were English who moved south, mainly from Virginia, looking for land. My ancestors were English who moved South from Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, with some Pennsylvania Dutch, Irish, Scots, and Cherokee mixed in along the way. The population in the 1940’s was a mixture of mostly English, Scots-Irish, Welsh and Cherokee. Baptists and Methodist dominated. There were a few Germans but no Catholics. People there were independent and did not want to be bothered by government. Some families handled disputes themselves usually without help from the sheriff or courts. There was only one lawyer in the county. His practice was limited and he did not maintain a law office. The people took pride in their self sufficiency. There were few college graduates. That was the past. North Georgia had changed greatly during my lifetime. But some remnants of the past remain.



  1. Hah! I really am older than you. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your likes and comments. I enjoyed looking at your blog.

  3. You and I have a somewhat parallel history in terms of posting ideas on a blog. Thanks for being a follower and liking my comments from time to time. I was born in 1941 and immigrated to the US with my parents in 1950. We settled in Peoria, IL as my father was hired by Caterpillar Tractor in their export division. I went to high school in Chattanooga. I’ve been in Florida since 1959 when I arrived in Gainesville as a freshman, finding a job here after graduation and never moving from Gainesville. I started the blog you reply to from time to time in April 2011 and now have over 1700 of them posted. I will now start following your blog. Thanks.

  4. This is interesting–could be my paternal side’s history. My dad’s family came in farther north but tracked through Virginia, Tennessee and wound up in north Georgia on the Alabama border (actually in Alabama, but with a Georgia postal address). Thanks for following my blog. It’s a lot about gardening, some crafts, local gardens, book reviews, and cooking in the winter.

  5. I like your background and your story very much. It is good to do all these things many of us seem to be doing with our lives. I love reading about people’s backgrounds. Thank you kindly.

  6. Dear Mr. Harben … I love your blog and I would like to know which of the WordPress Themes you are running it on. I would like to use this theme for my own blog if possible. Thank you and have a nice day.

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