We left Pine Mountain this morning and headed north. We pretty much followed US 27. This highway was established in 1926 and runs from Ft. Wayne, IN to Miami. In Georgia it’s called the Martha Berry Highway. I didn’t think much of it until we got to Rome, GA when we started to see the Martha Berry Mall, Martha Berry Museum, Berry College, etc. I had to find out who Martha Berry was. Martha Berry was the founder of the Berry Schools for academically able but economically poor children of the rural South. She wanted only rural children to attend her schools and refused to admit students from urban areas, including nearby Rome. The Berry program emphasized the regenerative power of work. Diligent labor, she believed, would promote character in her students by encouraging responsibility and a sense of self-worth. Can you imagine that? I guess she was like the Milton Hershey of the south. These schools started in the early 1900’s and eventually grew into Berry College, a comprehensive liberal arts college, within three decades. Today it looks like a pretty nice campus located on what appears to be a pretty large campus. Our history lesson for the day.
We ended the day at the Trav-L Park in Rossville, GA, right on the Georgia-Tennessee Border. We were lucky to get a site here because there is a Lazy Daze RV club meeting going on and a lot of other people are here for the week end. We plan on staying here for a couple of days to see some of the sights in and around Chattanooga. Sue, Kyle (2 year old), and I passed through here in 1980 on our way to Disney World from Chicago and rode to the top of Look Out Mountain on the incline, one of the places we’ll visit again. One place we won’t be going is Chickamauga National Battlefield because it’s closed.