In the spring of 1998 an ad hoc committee of Suches area residents met to discuss the possibility of having Woody Gap School listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guidelines for application require that a submission be sponsored by an organization, so on May 2, 1998 the small group decided to organize as the Suches Historical Society, and to broaden their scope beyond the quest to add Woody Gap School to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Society exists to collect, document and preserve the history of the Suches area, and to promote further knowledge and appreciation of the local heritage and culture.
Membership and activities have experienced a recent revitalization and the Society is currently engaged in several exciting projects:
- National Register of Historic Places. The Society continues its work to have Woody Gap School listed on the National Register.
- Data collection. Interviews, pictures, videos, and other records are being sought to preserve historical information in several distinct categories:
- Churches and Schools
- Old Home sites
- Appalachian culture
- Cherokee Indian heritage
- Anecdotes and stories
- Site Identification. Work has begun on identifying and marking important historical sites. Categories include:
-Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) locations
-Old Post Offices
-Churches and Schools
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria at Woody Gap School rock building room 112, and anyone who is interested in the history of the Suches community is invited to attend.
For more information please contact:
Jean Edge (706) 747-5021 or
Althea Cantrell (706) 747-5201 or
Janie Turner (706) 838-4100