Members and guests of the Archibald Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution enjoyed a virtual trip through time Thursday during the group's Georgia Day luncheon at Statesboro's First Baptist Church.
Bruce Allen Green, director of the Communications, Research and Rural Development with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and avid historian, spoke during the luncheon, sharing intriguing bits of Georgia's rich and colorful history with about 70 listeners.
He began with talking about James Oglethorpe's landing in what is now Savannah in 1713 and ended in Rex, Georgia, talking about a mulatto slave woman named Melvinia who was reportedly First Lady Michelle Obama's "great, great, great, great grandmother," he said.
Green was enthusiastic in describing interesting Georgia locations with rich history.
"Our heritage and culture is the infrastructure of our souls," he said. "We need to understand who we are and where we come from."
He spoke of the Salzburgers who settled in Ebenezer. He talked about the Uchee "Indians," a tribe of which no one knows its origin, and was a part of the Creek nation. He didn't disclose the location of the recent discovery of two dugout canoes, one dated back to 1292, the other in the 1400's. The find "hasn't been made public yet," he said.
He talked about Warm Springs, White Sulphur Springs near Manchester, where caves exist in "the Cove," created by a meteor, and moonshiners once thrived.
Green also discussed General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea and the Station Master's Home in Kinsgton "where you can stand in the exact same place as Sherman did when he read his orders" aloud, declaring intent to conduct "the torch ride through Georgia," he said.
Green is also a former director of the Georgia Municipal Association's Office of Downtown Development. He was also named the director of Tourism Product Development with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
In sharing the bits of history scattered through the state, Green said, "This is fabulous. You can't make this stuff up."
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.