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Historic groups to meet and discuss coordination

History in McDuffie County is like a puzzle, and several officials hope to put the pieces together soon.

Forward McDuffie and the Tourism Department have scheduled a meeting on March 29 between all of the historic organizations within the county. Officials with those groups think that bringing everyone to the table will do wonders for making McDuffie's rich history available to the public.

Several have been talking about the possibility of organizing the county's historic efforts since January. Details of the endeavor will not be decided upon until the group meets, but some think a tour could be possible.

"The history in McDuffie County is scattered out over several locations," said McDuffie County Museum President Rusty Lovelace. "To put it in a form or presentation where people drive to the sites like a tour would be something fun for everyone."

There will also be discussion on the possibility of loosely organizing historic groups and sites under one umbrella. Several of the organizations mentioned for inclusion by Tourism Director Gerald Baygents are the Wrightsboro Foundation, the Historical Preservation Commission and the McDuffie Museum.

"It's imperative that we do this," Mr. Baygents said at a recent Tourism Board meeting.

Tourism Board Chair Tommy Samuels is looking forward to the meeting because it could benefit so many.

"I think it's long overdue," Mr. Samuels said. "I think we as a community have so much to offer, not only to the residents of our community, but certainly people coming in to visit the community. There are resources that tourism, along with everyone else, should use the full potential...to show off our community."

Officials hope this first meeting with simply get the ball rolling in the right direction for the county. According to Mr. Samuels, the organizations invited to the meeting should all be working together to achieve the same goal instead of duplicating efforts.

"My personal desire, I think along with many others, is that the different boards and agencies understand that we have one vision with many different ways to achieve that vision or goal and come together and promote those things that we have," he said.

One of Mr. Samuels' goals is to get more locals informed and involved in the rich history of McDuffie County.

"We're here to promote everything," he said.



Web posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005











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