"Gathering history is an ongoing project for us," announced Donny Seagraves as she and Mary Quinn began their program on Winterville History to a packed Depot audience. Both long-time residents of this city of 1100 inside Athens-Clarke County Georgia, they invited audience members to help them expand on their knowledge of Winterville history.
Residents with deep roots in Winterville embellished the presentation with humor and facts that are now recorded for all to enjoy in the video Winterville: History of a Railroad Town. Be sure to see the program all the way to the end, where you can hear Wilma's (Jennifer Pittard) original composition "Winterville," the official town song.
In this photo are (left to right) Jennifer Pittard (also known as Wilma, a local musician and songwriter), Kenny Hodges (Winterville native and City Councilmember), Dr. Grace Eubank (a retired Winterville High School English Teacher), Roy Moseman, (descended from an early German family that emigrated to Winterville in the 1800s, plus the earliest Pittards to settle in Winterville area), George Chandler (Winterville native), Mary Whitehead, (descendant of early Winterville area settlers and widow of long-time Mayor Wesley Whitehead), Hoyt Carney, (native of Winterville area and longtime resident), Emily Eisenman, mayor of Winterville, and Leita Pittard Cobb, widow of late Judge Grady C. Pittard and longtime Winterville resident) and other members of the Depot audience.
Seagraves is the author of Gone From These Woods, published by Random House, and numerous publications, many about Winterville history. Since retiring and returning to Winterville, Quinn has conducted the popular walking tours of Winterville sponsored by the Athens Clark Heritage Foundation.
If you don't have a computer or you can't see an archived program from yours, please come to the library on Baxter St. to use a computer free of charge. You'll need to bring a set of headphones or purchase them from the reference desk for $2.00.