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W e're excited to bring you the second edition of Marquismagazine, or is it Marquee magazine? You may have noticed thechange in spelling, which was a simple stylistic choice we made this year thatalso tells a little story of how Fayette County itself has changed in so short a time.
When we conceived the original Marquee magazine in 2013, Pinewood Atlanta Studios wasa concept just blossoming and creating a massive stir of excitement. Everyone was talking aboutPinewood and that hasn't really changed as the film industry continues to expand and evolvehere in Fayette County and all around Georgia.
Marquee was a simple play on the excitement of what was happening with the film industrycombined with the namesake of Fayette County, the French hero of the American Revolution,Marquis de LaFayette. His image is on the cover of both editions, a nod to local history, whichis among the focuses of this magazine.
The first Marquee was meant to offer an array of glimpses at the varied beauty Georgia canoffer. Filmmakers will need shooting locations, after all, and our state has plenty to offer. Thedual purpose was also to give Fayette residents a taste of the state they may not have experiencedand hopefully encourage them to venture out and explore a bit.
This year's edition offers more of those glimpses and, hopefully, further inspiration to ex-plore.
We singled out a couple of areas this time around in the Arabia Mountain Heritage Trail andin our visit to Cartersville, which has more to offer than you may know.
We met Trappist monks at the breathtaking Monastery of the Holy Spirit and took in moreWestern Art, by orders of magnitude, than we'd ever seen at the Booth Western Art Museumin Cartersville.
The visual beauty of many of these locations was enough to warrant exploring, but the bestpart was meeting the people there who knew every square inch of a place and its history. Ourtrip to Barnsley Gardens was especially interesting in this regard, where we met the enormouslydedicated Barnsley Historian, Clent Coker, whose gift for story telling brought to life the prettyremarkable family history behind a place that most people probably think of as a very nice placeto visit or have a wedding. Coker contends the story of Godfrey Barnsley and his descendantscould put the wildly popular TV show Downton Abbey to shame, and he may be right. Its a mov-ing human story the way Coker tells it that brings to life the history of the state that many ofus know vaguely, or perhaps well, but haven't felt such a connection to as Coker can convey.
Several of the places we visited have already served as backdrops for film and television, in-cluding Sweetwater Creek, which is featured in the Hunger Games, and the Lyon Farm in DekalbCounty.
Many of the destinations we've featured will be well known to most locals and some less so.We hope you'll enjoy the experience of a brief tour through Georgia and take the opportunityto see some of these places for yourself.
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Line Creek in Peachtree City is oneof the most picturesque nature areas in allof Fayette County. In the spring and sum-mertime it's a perfect place to take thefamily for an afternoon and splash in thewater of the creek while soaking up somesun. The 70-acre preserve off Highway 54near the Coweta County line has severalmarked trails and is home to diverse plantand wildlife. The area was also inhabitedat one time by the Hillabee tribe, a subsetof the Creek Indian tribe which once pop-ulated the region.20
Line Creek nature area
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The Georgia State Fair, with a richtradition dating back before the CivilWar, has just recently found a new fallhome at the Atlanta Motor Speedway,just a short drive for Fayette County res-idents. What began in 1846 as an eventto promote agriculture, the GeorgiaState Fair has evolved into a more thanweek-long event with a variety of attrac-tions for different age groups and inter-ests. Circus performances, musical acts,exotic animal exhibits and the tradi-tional carnival style games, food, andtreats are among the many draws at theGeorgia State Fair.
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Guided tours are availableeach year for Fayetteville'shistoric city cemetery,which dates back to 1823.Re-enactors tell the storiesof some of the prominentlocal families going back gen-erations which are buriedthere. Some had descendantsthat went on to worldwidefame, including the greatgrandparents of MargaretMitchell, Philip and EleanorFitzgerald. Similarly, somerelatives of Doc Holliday areburied there as they oncelived in Fayetteville in what isnow called the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House.
The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museumis itself a preserved piece of Fayette County historywhich also includes a wealth of exhibits and artifactsthat trace back through various aspects of our localstory. The three names Holliday, Dorsey, and Fiferefer to the three prominent families that lived in thehome at various times. John Stiles Holliday, a physi-cian in Fayetteville, was the uncle of John Henry"Doc" Holliday who attuned international infamy forhis exploits in the west. With a number of permanentexhibits and a rotation of new exhibits, the households enough history for a multitude of visits.
The Fayette County Historical Societyis Fayetteville's other treasure trove of local his-tory, with newspaper archives stretching backover a hundred years and a variety of resourcesfor researching local history, including recordsthat trace family histories back throughFayette's past. Margaret Mitchell, author ofGone with the Wind, was instrumental in estab-lishing the library in which the Historical Soci-ety is now housed. It's fairly well known thatFayette County and neighboring CowetaCounty served as inspirations for Mitchellwhen writing her novel. She was invested in thearea and generously contributed to the found-ing of the Margaret Mitchell Library in whichthe stewards of Fayette County history at theFayette County Historical Society operate.
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Since its establishment as part of the construc-tion for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta,Centennial Olympic Park, with its fountain,has become one of the city's most recognizablespots. The park transformed what had been a rundown part of town into a center for communityevents including concerts, festivals, and marketdays. The Georgia World Congress Center Au-thority, which manages the park, has designs onmaking it an even better attraction for the city.
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