Published Sunday, December 02, 2012
By HAL SEWELL
Special to Times-Herald
Edie Atkinson Kearley grew up in the town of Senoia, and she still considers it “home.”
She and her sister Carol are the daughters of Joe and Louise Atkinson, and they lived for many years in their home on Seavy Street in the historic district of Senoia. Both Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson had long-time family ties in the Senoia area.
Kearley now lives in another state, but she and her husband recently made a trip to Atlanta for a business-related conference. Knowing that she would like to visit her hometown of Senoia during this trip, Kearley made arrangements with members of the Senoia Area Historical Society to meet at the organization’s museum at 6 Couch St.
Arriving at the historical society headquarters, Kearley unloaded several boxes of old pictures, newspaper articles and other items related to her family and other former citizens of the Senoia area. Based on earlier messages with members of the historical society, it was understood that she wanted to donate a few items from her family. Actually, she explained that she would like to donate the majority of the items available.
Included were many pictures from the early years of the Senoia Lions Club in which her grandfather, Claude Johnson, served as the charter president. A full-page newspaper article about Mrs. Lee (Coral) Hand was donated along with numerous pictures of other Senoia citizens and pictures associated with the Senoia Baptist Church. In addition, Kearley made a sizable monetary donation to the museum.
After visiting the museum, Kearley was invited to tour her childhood home by current owner and member of the historical society, Rhonda Moye. During this visit, Kearley was presented with an old pair of binoculars found in a storage building there to see if she knew of any connection to them.
“We have been looking for these everywhere!” exclaimed Kearley when she realized these were her father’s World War II binoculars.
During her trip to Senoia, Kearley stayed one night at The Veranda – one of the local bed and breakfast establishments in the area. Unbeknownst to her, one of the members of the historical society museum committee, Margaret Sherro, was being a good neighbor and helping out the owners of the Veranda. When Kearley called to confirm her reservation, Sherro answered and mentioned that she had heard that Kearley would also be visiting the historical society’s museum. Kearley knew she was coming back home, where – even today – Senoia seems to have retained its small-town “flavor” where people know what you’re up to!
Kearley’s visit to Senoia proves you can go back home, and it can still be a special place for wonderful memories – both past and present.
Anyone wishing to help maintain the memories of the Senoia area are encouraged to do as Kearley and others have done and share your pictures, newspaper articles, or other items of historic significance with the Senoia Area Historical Society. If you have items of interest, please contact SAHS Museum Committee Director Maureen Schuyler at 770-599-9677. You are also invited to visit the organization’s web site at http://senoiahistory.org/.
(Hal Sewell is a member and volunteer with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.)