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Sunday, March 20, 2011

55+ March JOY Trip-Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum

55+ March JOY Trip
Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum

As some of y'all know, I'm the new "program planner," for our church's monthly 55+ luncheons and trips. For our March trip, this past Thursday, we went to the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum in Fayetteville. 

The city bought and rescued the house in 1999. The Fayetteville Development Authority, (on whose board I serve,) and Fayetteville Main Street, worked together to restore the house, and opened the museum in 2003. 

The Greek-revival, antebellum home, was built in 1855. It has ties to a number of prominent Georgians, including Governor Dorsey, "Doc" Holliday, and Margaret Mitchell, among others. 

The museum has an impressive collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia from the 1936 novel, and the 1939 movie. There are reproductions of several costumes, including Scarlett's curtain dress, shown below with members of our group!

Most of the 55+ JOY group--Note all the Green for St. Patrick's Day! 

Jim Garner-Youth Pastor (for "kids" of all ages)--and bus driver, kneeling in front. 

Some of "the girls" with Scarlett's Curtain Dress.

Ed and me with Scarlett's dress. 
There are other diverse exhibits, including a room devoted to two of Fayetteville's "native son" authors, Robert Burch and Ferrol Sams, a room of Civil War documents and artifacts, a bedroom furnished in period furniture, and other rotating exhibits. Special "Living History" programs are presented throughout the year, and there are walking tours, and other tours available by request. 

The museum is one of Fayette County's "hidden treasures." John Lynch, the house manager, has family history in Fayetteville that goes back 175 years. John is full of stories! There are a number of knowledgeable docents who will make your visit memorable and entertaining. Admission for groups is a bargain at only $3 per person! Check it out! 

P.S. I'm always on the lookout for ideas and recommendations for interesting speakers, unusual "field trip" locations, local "treasures," and fun travel destinations, for our 55+ group. (Free and low cost speakers and destinations are always good!) If anyone has any input, please let me know! Thanks so much! 

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