Cut-off Date for Reservations:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 is only one month away. Make your Reservations now!
COME TO THE MOUNTAINS IN BEAUTIFUL BLUE RIDGE, GA
The Blue Ridge area is an outdoor lovers paradise. Whether it is a scenic driving tour more active pursuits such as hiking to a waterfall, rafting a river, fishing or horseback riding, Blue Ridge is the place to enjoy beautiful mountain scenery. There is a lot to enjoy here, so plan to stay several days. the Chamber of Commerce has a good web site to help plan your visit. www.blueridgemountains.com
The small town of Blue Ridge has a quaint, but thriving downtown area. Interesting antique and specialty shops, restaurants and galleries fill an easily walked 3 block area. You might want to ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway which offers a 4-hour round trip from the historic downtown depot, following the Toccoa River to McCaysville, GA/Copperhill, TN.
On Friday, July 19, I am planning a group trip to the Ocoee Whitewater Center, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic kayaking event. www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee (click on Ocoee Whitewater Center near bottom of page). This beautiful Cherokee National Forest visitors center is located in the Ocoee River gorge and has numerous walking paths by the river and mountain hiking and biking trails. After lunch we will visit the Ducktown Basin Museum for a look into the 150-year mining history of the Copper Basin area. www.ducktownbasinmuseum.com.
The curator will conduct a guided tour of inside and outdoor exhibits.
We will have a conference room at the Comfort Inn for our meetings and for browsing HFA books and information. I plan to have 'meet and greet' sessions on Thursday and Friday to renew old acquaintances and meet new cousins. Our business meeting will be Saturday morning. Saturday evening there will be a catered meal and entertainment for all attendees (included in your registration fee).
If you are coming from the west, drive through the Ocoee River gorge on Hwy 64 between Cleveland, TN and Ducktown, TN is very nice. If you are coming from the north or east, you might want to incorporate a side trip through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park or a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or Cherohala Skyway in western North Carolina.
Make your reservations:
The Blue Ridge Lodge (Comfort Inn & Suites)
Refer to Higdon Family Association (HFA) block
Standard rooms per night:
$89.10 for King bed, $93.60 for 2 Queen beds.
Rates are for 2 people per room and include daily hot breakfast.
Additional guests per room $6.
Cut-off Date for Reservations:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Serenity in the Mountains
Luxury Suites and Condos
1, 2 or 3 bedroom units with full kitchen, living area,
and full baths for each bedrooms. $119 to $169 per night,
10% AARP or AAA discount available
There are only 13 units at this popular facility, so book at least a month ahead!
Numerous cabins are also available for rent in the area. Listings can be found at the Chamber of
Commerce web site www.blueridgemountains.com
Send Registration Form and Check to:
PO Box 1292,
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Inquiries may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
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2013 HFA Registration Form (Adobe PDF format)
A Higdon Find From Denton Higdon
I was cleaning out my mother and father's house recently and ran across this news paper clipping about my Uncle and his family. This story took place in the Cat Creek community of Macon County, NC.
After the fact Dudes brothers thought it humorous and made up funny stories about the encounter. One of the stories I remember them telling was that Dude made the prisoner hold his arms up until the Sheriff arrived. Well by the time Sheriff Harry Thomas showed up the prisoner was so tired and scared he hugged the Sheriff and said he was never so glad to see the law in his life.
Franklin Press clipping dated 9/18/1952 about my Uncle Lefferts "Dude" Higdon encounter with a escape convict.
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