AN INVITATION FROM THE FAYETTE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The community is invited to join us at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 23rd at the Old Courthouse in the third-floor meeting room to commemorate the 35th anniversary of this historic event. We’ll be moving our April meeting to the 4th Sunday,
because of Easter Weekend
Come Join us on April 23rd on the 3rd floor of the courthouse to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the burning of the Historic Courthouse! We will gather at 3 PM
Built in 1825 the Fayette County Courthouse is still recognized as the oldest in Georgia. In 1909 the clock was added to the tower. In 1965 it underwent an extensive renovation and changed from a two-floor building to a three-story building. Then in 1982, on Easter Sunday, two men scheduled for court on Monday decided the best way to avoid their hearing was to burn down the Courthouse! The fire badly damaged the third floor, destroying the roof and clock tower. Restoration began in August 1983 and was completed in May 1984.
At our April 23rd meeting, the Fayette County Historical Society will convene on the third floor of the Courthouse - the scene of the crime. We'll hear from the first responders and others that witnessed first-hand the damage that night in 1982. You'll see photos from the crime scene, hear about the options discussed and relive the stories of our most famous landmark.
Col. Ben Malcom spoke about his experiences and relay them in his book, “White Tigers My Secret War in North Korea,” published in 1996. Documentaries made by the History Channel and a Seoul, South Korea, television station have brought notoriety to Malcom and his unit. We enjoyed hearing Colonel Malcom’s stories about this dangerous and complicated mission.
Speaker will be Colonel Ben Malcolm.
Bobby Kerlin speaking at our Sept. Starrs Mill meeting
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