published Friday, November 11th, 2011

Gordon-Lee Mansion event evokes 'Gone With the Wind'


What: "Gone With the Wind" Ball.

When: 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 706-861-2860.


A "Gone With the Wind" Ball meant to evoke the iconic movie's Atlanta Bazaar scene will be held Saturday at the Gordon-Lee Mansion in Chickamauga, Ga.

Starting at 1 p.m., visitors can see Civil War re-enactors, living-history displays and soldier demonstrations, as well as tour the mansion and enjoy a barbecue dinner.

A "Civil War Hospitals and Medicine" display will be unveiled at 3 p.m. at the mansion. These four specialty banners tell the story of the Confederate and Union hospitals and medical care given during the Battle of Chickamauga and the personal trauma as told by surgeons, nurses and the wounded, according to Chris McKeever, executive director of the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe and organizer of the volunteer committee that organized the ball. Catoosa and Walker county municipalities, attractions and community groups rallied to fund the display as a way to tell the story during Northwest Georgia's sesquicentennial commemoration of the war, she said.

The traveling display features the four banners and stands as well as two teaching trunks with artifacts, reproductions and teaching materials and handouts. Featured speaker for the unveiling will be Dr. John Fowler of Dalton State College.

The unveiling will be followed at 4 p.m. by a Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara look-alike contest. Winners will lead the way to the mansion gardens for the ball at 4:30 p.m. The 8th Regiment Band will provide authentic Civil War music. Period dress is encouraged but not required.

A highlight of the event will be the raffling of the "Underground Railroad Sampler" quilt made by Noble, Ga., resident Martha Steele. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You need not be present to win, said McKeever. Money raised by the raffle will help fund the "Hospitals and Medicine" display.

Steele's "Underground Railroad" quilt was made from reproduction Civil War period patterns, McKeever said. The pattern is based on "The Secret Quilt Code," an article written by Serena Strother Wilson. According to McKeever, Wilson's grandmother taught the author the "secret quilt code" pattern that, when displayed, gave instructions to escaping slaves during the era.

Steele's quilt, which took more than 130 hours to construct, is machine-pieced and hand-quilted.

Modern Woodmen of America will match up to $2,500 of tickets sold for the quilt, McKeever said.

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Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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