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While his name graces multiple community institutions, including a restaurant and a major medical clinic housing numerous specialties, the man known as “Lee’s Old War Horse” is little known in Gainesville.
The Longstreet Society was formed to address the issue with a celebration and study of the life of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, focusing on his skill and valor as a soldier and commander and his fervent dedication to the restoration of the American union after the Civil War. To that end, on Oct. 26, North Georgia families and history buffs can enjoy a crisp fall afternoon learning about Longstreet while women in period costume offer refreshments and bluegrass strings plunk in the air.
The Longstreet Society will have an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the renovated Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St. The event will feature University of North Georgia and Brenau University theater students, who are part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program, and will perform selected music and a scene from an original musical play.
“The Holler,” is an epic Southern story of love set against the backdrop of the Civil War. The 25-minute play and music was written by University of North Georgia students Caleb Barfield and Rob Brooksher. “The Holler’s” classic themes of love and brotherhood combine with a bluegrass-tinged musical score to create a unique theatrical experience reminiscent of the Georgia mountains.
The open house and performance are free; museum admission is $3 with docent tours by Longstreet Society members. Street parking is free with limited parking on the Piedmont property.
For more information, call The Longstreet Society at 770-539-9005.