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The Maddox Family of Oakland

By Larry Upthegrove Robert Maddox was born in 1829 in LaGrange, Georgia to a wealthy planter family.  At the age of 21, he was elected Sheriff of Putnam County.  In 1858, he became interested in merchandising and came to Atlanta…

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They call them “Southern Lilacs”

by Sara Henderson We’ve reached the hottest part of the summer and the crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are in full bloom throughout Oakland’s grounds. Southerners know them immediately but many of our visitors are amazed and want to know what they…

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The Lighting of Atlanta

By Larry Upthegrove By 1855 Atlanta’s population had grown to over 6000 souls. The city was a boom town. Merchants were feeding well off the growth of the city, and commerce was flooding in because of the railroads. The city…

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