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Johnny Vardeman: Hall County premiered its locally made movie in 1952

These photos show the 1952 "world premiere" of the movie "Birthright," which was filmed in Hall County with a local cast for the most part.

January 16, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Post Office still standing today in downtown Gainesville

There's a lot of history in this old photograph submitted by John S. Rogers of Gainesville.

January 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Wet weather, ‘dry’ new year greeted 1916

Thousands of Georgians New Year's Eve and beyond toasted 2016 with a flute of champagne or snorts of other liquid spirits.

January 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Coal miners put a chill on Christmas in strike of 1919

This warm Christmas season isn't conducive to fires in the fireplace or bumping up the thermostat to keep the house comfortable.

December 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: White County had state’s first female jurors

It would be three full decades after women earned the right to vote before they could serve on juries in Georgia.

December 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: When Christmas came downtown back in the day in Gainesville

Gainesville's downtown square is alive and alighted for Christmas, rekindling memories for those who grew up here or whose children did in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

December 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: You could eat a lot for under a buck in 1939

A former waitress at the old Gainesville Dixie Hunt Hotel restaurant, now in her 90s, brought a 1939 menu a while back to Juan Luna, proprietor of Luna's Restaurant in Hunt Towers, the former hotel.

December 06, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Shoebusiness, chickens, eggs were staples in Hall County

Hall County was experiencing a mini-boom in 1897.

November 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Reform crusade shut down most stores Sundays

A great reform movement swept Hall County in the early 1900s.

November 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Professor Leon had testy walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1886

Many remember Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1970. It was spectacular and drew thousands of onlookers.

November 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Documentary relates history of TF Railroad

It is unfortunate Rudy Ellis and Dess Oliver died before seeing the Tallulah Falls Railroad documentary video they were a significant part of.

November 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Moonshiners often were able to outwit law enforcement

When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also used their imagination to outfox local sheriffs and revenue officers.

November 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


‘Auto craze,’ Model T Ford paved way for better roads

While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century to create an increasing demand for better roads. Wagon and buggy riders had long sought improved roads.

October 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


When cars first plodded along area roadways

Horses and buggies, mules and wagons remained the primary mode of transportation in North Georgia into the early 1900s.

October 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Some believed Hall County had potential for gold rush

The Lumpkin County gold rush in the 1800s is well known, and mining continued on a small scale even in more modern times.

October 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant's army at bay until ...

April 23, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: New Gainesville city hall was over estimate, yet was a bargain in 1900

When Gainesville Mayor J.B. Gaston was leaving office in January 1900, he boasted the city was spending no more than $9,600 on the ...

April 16, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages ...

April 02, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Storm victims’ cemetery marker in need of repair

More than 200 people died in the April 6, 1936, tornado that blew through the heart of Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Check yourself on local history, area landmarks

Some miscellaneous historical trivia to test your knowledge of Northeast Georgia: (Answers below.)

March 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Transportation plan in 1970s had hits, misses

Transportation problems are a symptom of galloping growth, which comes in spurts according to the health of the economy.

March 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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