Picture this: almost 200 years ago in 1851-1852, you and the town’s people are congregating where this Old Courthouse, the grand old building stands. You walk up a granite staircase to get to the Grand Old Courtroom where the Judge awaits before the trials occur in the Judge’s chambers. There is no electric, no heating and air units, just fireplaces and open windows to let in the natural fresh breeze to control the temperature. You feel warmth from the blazing fireplaces and hear wood crackling all to warm the rooms upstairs. The rooms are lit by natural lighting, as the sun is shining through the oversized blown glass windows by day and kerosene lanterns by night. Carriages, buckboard wagons, and horses are all tied up front with gatherings of people outside awaiting a trial. What a different sight to our times now!
With entry at the ground level, once open was called a shot gun entrance as you could shoot a shotgun straight through and never hit a room. At that time in history, one could ride his horse down hearing bone brick flooring inside the courthouse to each of the rooms. Taxes, death certificates, marriage records, and so on were all taken care of in the rooms at ground level.
With this and much more, the Crawford County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Steering Committee are planning a week-long celebration from December 4th-December 10th with a Birthday Party on Friday, December 9, 2022. A grand week of events celebrating 200 years for Crawford County. Sunday, December 4th, churches will be the focus with the hope they will share and sing some of the old gospels and maybe have lunch together. Monday, December 5th, the Board of Education auditorium will be the stage for the Essay Contest for ages 8 and up. A walk-through art show will also be an attraction while the winners of the Essay Contest are presented. December 6th, 7th, and 8th, a Drama and Music presentation will be the order and will fill the seats in the auditorium. The Birthday Party will begin at 2:00 pm and going through the evening on Friday, December 9th. The Annual Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 10th and will be the tail end of the celebration starting in Knoxville in the morning and continue into Roberta in the evening with Chamber Christmas festivities, vendors, and lighting of the great tree.
Roberta, now the only incorporated township in Crawford County, is the hub of the county. In the beginning, small villages were all over the county and many of them are now just names or dust to be remembered by the families who had roots in our County of Crawford.
So much more is in the process of the Bicentennial celebration and update will be shared in many areas!
These are the people who are working to provide this celebration:
Richard Hatcher – President
Terry Howard -Vice President
Troy Cook-Financial Director
Our members who are in the planning include: Jackie McGowen, Frankie McAfee, Jim Bennett, Tisa Horton, Stephanie Harris, Tom Pressley, and Mathew Smith. All are welcome and encouraged to come join us to plan and execute the week-long celebration of what we know of as Crawford County, Georgia.
If you are passionate about history or Crawford County, and better yet, the history of Crawford County, please join our committee!