Sunday, June 15, 2014

John Morgan's "Old Beat." The Haywood Valley and surrounding mountains. April 2014.

 Today's roadway through Haywood Valley

This old roadway is no longer used, it was closed thirty years ago. In 1876 John Morgan probably walked into Haywood Valley on it.

 The Armuchee Creek runs through Haywood Valley today very much like it has for years.

 Foundation remnants of a church John Morgan taught at in Haywood Valley were found near this site on Armuchee Creek.

Some Armuchee Creek spots were dammed up to form pools for baptisms.

October 16, 1877, Haywood Valley, Georgia. - Went to Uncle Jeter's where we remained part of the day and stayed all night at Bro. Marshalls'. Uncle Jeter came over and informed us that he had some folks to baptize the next morning. 

This is the Fork in the Road. 
Traveling south from Chattanooga on present day Highway #27 will take you to Rome, Georgia. This fork to the left led into Haywood Valley until thirty years ago. Its now closed off.

Dirt Town was John Morgan and Joseph Standing's first Georgia stop on October 5, 1876. The only Dirt Town, Georgia we found is this deli and market.

October 5, 1876, Dirt Town, Chattooga County, Ga. - Left Covington, Indiana about the 20th of September and came to this locality to preach. Have been quite sick, but am better at present. 

October 28, 1876, Haywood Valley, Georgia - Have been preaching here in this locality and with a good prospect for doing good.

December 3, 1876, Haywood Valley, Georgia - Have been very busy preaching and teaching since I wrote my last entry in my journal. Baptized sixteen persons and have a good prospect for the future.

Country roads roam and roll away from Haywood Valley as we traced our way to the Mannings.

Early plantation lands continue to be farmed today.

Mannings Mill Road is presumably named for the family John Morgan frequently stayed with.

This stream and falls once powered the Mannings' Mill.

I got wrapped up in the beauty of this water and did not take a picture of the nearby home. It may or may not have belonged to the Mannings

This similar early home was a mile or two away from Mannings Mill Road and its history posted beneath.

John Morgan very well could have passed this way during his Civil War days. He certainly did during his missionary service to the Southern States.
(To be continued.)


  1. you had a once in a life time experience. I can see why you got wrapped up in the water fall. Beautiful.

  2. Its good to share that trip with you and those who understand what a treat it was. Thanks for your comments.