News

January 2012

Thanks to all our friends and supporters who helped us have a successful Christmas Bazaar. We sold lots of beautiful poinsettieas, freshly baked breads, locally made preserves, pickles, jams and jellies, jewelry - one an especially nice piece donated to us by Steel's Jewelry - and many Christmas decorations and crafts created by our volunteer workers. We quickly sold the seventeen birdhouses that we had painstakingly, but with lots of fun, decorated. The plain houses were adorned with colored corn, berries and a variety of seed. We plan to make the Bazaar and poinsettia sales an annual event, perhaps scheduling it a little earlier for those early shoppers and decorators. The proceeds, of course, go toward the operatioon of Museum.


Big News for the fall!

posted Sep 28, 2012, 10:42 AM by Sheila Self   [ updated Sep 28, 2012, 12:47 PM by Matt Elsberry ]

October 6th - acclaimed local artist Wayne Hagan, a 1970 graduate of Brooks County High School, will exhibit his artwork at our Cultural Center through October 20th. There will be a reception for him October 6th from 3PM until 5PM.
 
October 14th pumpkins big and small and other harvest decorations will be available for sale at the new "Pumpkin Patch" on the Court House Square. Open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm and Sundays 12 noon until 7 pm.

October 20th - don't miss the Skillet Festival also on the Court House Square. It will be a full day and evening of music, food and fun for everyone. Look for special events for children in the "Pumpkin Patch".

November 5th - the works of beloved local photographer and artist Bill Hoopes will be on exhibit for all to enjoy. The display will be in our Cultural Center until November 16th.

November 8th - a musical "I'll Be Seeing You" (music from the greatest generation) will be presented at the Quitman United Methodist Church on Screven Street. This inspirational program will benefit the museum and will begin at 7 pm.

December 1st - our annual Poinsettia Promenade 9 am until 3 pm featuring wonderful homemade breads and desserts, crafts, gifts and hundreds of Poinsettias for sale. Please note the Poinsettias will also be available for sale at the museum.

Tour of Homes April 14th 1PM until 4PM

posted Mar 29, 2012, 12:24 PM by Sheila Self   [ updated Mar 29, 2012, 12:48 PM ]

Make yourself at home on the 2012 Tour of Homes sponsored by the Quitman Brooks County Historical Museum and Cultural Center. Enjoy the opportunity to visit six houses which span three centuries of Quitman's and Brooks County's history. Each house reflects the era in which it was built and symbolizes the heritage of the community.

The tickets are available for a donation of $25 ($20 if purchased before April 14). Information and tickets are available at the museum between 1pm & 4pm Tuesday - Friday. Please leave a message anytime and we will get back to you.Members of the Museum board also have tickets for sale.

Brochure and driving directions will be with your ticket. Light refreshments will be served at Mill Rock, home of John and Betty Horton, 8355 Old Madison Road, Quitman. 

The homes are 703 N. Court Street owned by Myra Jordan and Bob Gaines  built in 1913 and beautifully restored to its original glory; 508 W. Screven St owned by Tim Reisenwitz is in the process of renovation and was recently purchased by him. It is part of Quitmans historic district and anyone interested in seeing a restoration in progress will enjoy a quick visit to this home; 281 Dawn Circle in the Claybank Country Club area is owned by B. W. and Linda Holloway and reflects their many interests, it was completed in 2006; 7747 Empress Road is the home of Charlie & Sallie Barnes embraces the out-of-doors and the 100 acres of woodland that surrounds it.The Morton Plantation is on the Old Madison Road across from Mill Rock Plantation 8355 Old Madison Rd. and both are on the tour. The Morton Plantation was begun in 1850 and Mill Rock is shown on a map from 1908 but may have not been completed until a few years later.

Betty Sheffield Supreme

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Matt Elsberry   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 4:38 PM ]


The "Betty Sheffield Supreme" camellia was named for Quitmanite Mrs. Elsbeth "Betty" Sheffield, whose work with Camellia japonicas is well-known among camellia enthusiasts. The "Supreme" is listed in the NCS Hall of Fame, and was used as the prototype for the commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1981. The proceeds from the sales of this product benefit the Quitman/Brooks County Museum.

Photo by Bill Hoopes.

History of Midnight Sun Tennessee Walking Horse

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Matt Elsberry   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 4:39 PM ]

World Champion in 1945 and 1946

Midnight Sun holds the distinction as the first stallion to win the World Grand Champion title in Shelbyville, Tennessee during the Celebration in 1945 and again in 1946. Continuing the bloodline of his sire Wilson's Allen and dam, Ramsey's Rena, Midnight Sun's offspring and succeeding generations continue to dominate the walking horse industry.

Mrs. Eleanor Livingston and daughter Geraldine purchased Midnight Sun in 1957. After the death of Midnight Sun in 1965, Geraldine Livingston commissioned a life size statue of Midnight Sun and presented it to her mother on her birthday in 1972.

The statue was loaned from its original home at Dixie Plantation some years ago to stand proudly at the headquarters of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association in Lewisburg, Tennessee. However in recent years there has been considerable thought about having the life size statue moved back "home" to Dixie Plantation. Regardless of where the statue stands, this magnificent work of art perpetuates Midnight Suns' place in Tennessee walking horse history as the greatest sire!

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