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Picturing The Past: Book Offers Picture Of Connestee And Carson Creek Area


October 15, 2018

The Batson family at their home in present day Connestee Falls. Back row are Fred and Maggie Hogsed Batson; and daughters Mayo and Corrine. From left to right on the front row are son, Milton; daughter, Bonnie; and son, Russell. (Courtesy photos)

In the preface of his book, "Shadows of the Past: Return to Reba," Ed Comer wrote, "Long before the Connestee Falls community existed, its land held pockets of hardy souls that built their homes here, tilled its rocky slopes, raised families and generally went about their lives in an independent and self-sufficient manner."

In 2007, work on a hiking trail revealed traces of earlier residents within the current Connestee Falls community. The discovery prompted Comer to research who these residents had been and to learn more about their lives. Comer provides an overview of early...

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