A History Lesson in Patriotism from the City of Statham
The local Barrow County city takes cues from the past to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
While North Georgia residents gather together at local events such as parade-watching at Celebrate Braselton and sparks-spotting at Gainesville’s American Legion fireworks display at Laurel Park, the city of Statham will be honoring those who played a role in securing its rights to a colorful past and a bright future. As the city commemorates the dedication of the Statham Veterans Memorial Park, Barrow Patch feels this serves as a perfect time to remember Statham’s history.
Like most municipalities in North Georgia, Statham was born out of the same red clay that once marked Cherokee and Creek Indian territory. The city itself grew from a combined post office and country store that was owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Statham. The advent of the railroad paved the way to further growth, and after several name changes including Barber’s Creek and DeLay, the city of Statham was incorporated Dec. 20, 1892.
Over the years, Statham thrived with the growing popularity of the railroad and then subsequently suffered with the invention of the automobile and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout this time, through every age, brave men and women of Statham have marched off to war — some never to return.
With the completion and dedication of the Staham Veterans Memorial Park, Mayor Robert Bridges and the members of the Statham City Council have instituted a wonderful way for residents to pay homage to their veterans — no matter the time of year. The mayor and council invite residents and visitors of Statham to visit the park, located in the heart of town near the gazebo on Railroad Street.
Mayor Bridges, the city council and employees for the city of Statham wish you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July.
In what patriotic way do you and your family commemorate the Fourth of July? Tell us in comments.
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