Manuscript MS-005


SOURCE: Louise B. Hammett, January 1983, August 1989, June 2009
SIZE: 3 linear ft
SHELVING UNITS: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 photo (MS-5, Ph/1)
PROCESSING: RAA 1986, 1989, 1991, 2004, CJ 2009


Lottie Louise "Biddy" Barfield was born 18 September 1929 in Columbus, Georgia, the daughter of Louise Calhoun and Grover Barfield. (The elder Louise Barfield is author of History of Harris County, Georgia, 1827-1961.) She was educated in the Columbus public schools. She attended Wesleyan College and graduated from Auburn University in 1950, with a B.S. in Education, majoring in American History. In 1951, she married Paul Lane Hammett, Jr. They have two daughters. After teaching in the LaGrange public schools, Mrs. Hammett pursued a career as a freelance artist and writer. She has written three books, I Must Sing-The Era With Carrie Fall Benson, The Pen of Carrie Fall Benson, and A Hammett Family in Georgia. Her interest in the civic affairs of LaGrange and Troup County is reflected in this collection.


Mrs. Hammett's interest in art and history led her to help found the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association in 1963 and the Ocfuskee Historical Society in 1972. The collection contains information on the organization and early activities of both groups. Records of two other organizations which Mrs. Hammett helped found, the Tabard Literary Club and the Pine Trace Pony Club, are included. Mrs. Hammett's correspondence is arranged chronologically and deals with her civic interests. Some of Mrs. Hammett's art work is represented in sketches which accompany her newspaper articles on historic Troup County buildings.

A 1925 newspaper article features Newnan and Coweta County. Franklin, Georgia is the subject of an undated booklet, and several pamphlets feature LaGrange.

Mrs. Hammett's research notes cover a wide range of topics relating to Troup County history. Most of the material is photocopied from her notebooks. Biographical sketches of leading citizens and genealogies of prominent Troup County families are included. National Register nomination information on the Ferrell - Holder House is part of a survey of historic sites conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Hammett in 1972. Other topics include, Asbury and Providence Churches, early LaGrange merchants, Troup Factory, and the original subdivision of LaGrange. An index follows the container list. There are also two boxes of family information, largely on the Hammett and allied families.


Box 1
Folder1 Tabard Club
Constitution and by-laws, 1956
Agendas, 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1976-1978
2 Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, 1963
Talks presented at organizational meetings
Membership lists
Publicity, clippings, flyers
3 Chattahoochee Valley Art Association (CVAA)-Callaway Gardens Art Show, 1962-1963
4 CVAA Sidewalk Art Show, 1963
5 CVAA, 1963, Clippings
6 CVAA, 1964
List of gifts to CVAA
Invitation and rules for 1964 show
Correspondence, Clippings, Newsletter
7 CVAA, 1965
Program for 1965 show
Invitation and rules for 1965 show
National Art Week promotion
Georgia Arts Newsletter Vol. 1, #3, 12 Nov 1965
8 CVAA, 1967
Newsletter, clipping
Invitation to show
9-9a Ocfuskee Historical Society
Proposal to CVAA to form a Historical Council, 1972
Membership cards
Talk by Biddy Hammett re. Inventory of historic sites, 1972
10 Pine Trace Pony Club
Report on organizational meeting, 11 Spt 1979
Membership list
Show announcements
Carol L. Meschter, DVM, Articles on horse care
Bridles and Tracks newsletter, 1979
11 Correspondence, 1959-1991
12 Printed Material
Eufaula, AL, Restoration - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 4-5 Oct 1972
Powers Crossroads Country Store - Newnan Times Herald, 29 July 1971

13 Printed Material
LaGrange in Troup County, no date, no publisher
Our Town, Franklin, GA, Stannye Williamson, n.d.
Program LaGrange Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, 25 Oct 1962
Confederate Veteran Magazine, 9:8, Aug 1901
Coweta County feature in The Sunday American, 23 Aug 1925
14 Miscellaneous
Resume and memorabilia from LaGrange Academy, LaGrange Memorial Library (50th Anniversary, 1976, Cherith Creek Farm, and LaGrange song lyrics
15 Historical art work (clippings)

Box 2
Folder 1 Original subdivision of LaGrange
2 LaGrange merchants, no dates
3 LaGrange distillers - Ragland and Evans, no dates
4 LaGrange zoo, c.1890
5 Troup County biography
Mrs. Young Hall
Cox family
Walter Terry Colquitt
Moses J. Lee
Thomas Leslie
Robertson family
Sara Coleman Ferrell
Rufus Broome
6 Index to Inventory of Historic Sites in Troup and Heard Counties, 1971-1972
7 Ferrell - Holder House
8 Providence Primitive Baptist Church
9 Asbury Methodist Church
10 Troup Factory
11 Antioch Community
12 List of county records removed from storage at county work camp, 1968
13 Miscellaneous Troup County records
Reprint of Margaret Mitchell (1923) article in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution ret Mittie Bulloch, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. marriage at Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA, 1854
List of genealogical source material collected by LaGrange DAR for Georgia Archives
Partridge Bible record
Transcript of interview with Patricia B. Hogg about Pleasant Grove Church and Community
Notes on Gabbettville
Maps of 12th land district of Troup County showing original land owners
Mary Crowder interview, 1971, Methodist Campground between Durand and Warm Springs
Route of Lafayete in his 1825 visit to Georgia
Lafayette's command at Yorktown
Southern Famele College
Burnt Village
Hammett letters, 1860
Hammett - Nash Bible record
Reynolds Bible record
Johnson Cemetery, Troup County
Tucker - Johnson graves, Harrisonville
Old Providence Baptist Church Cemetery
Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Cemetery
Notes on Nimmons House, 310 Broad Street
Notes on Yancey - Smith House, 600 Broad Street
Camp Viola committee roster, n.d.
14 Milner Martin and Antioch Baprist Church, Harris County, GA
15 A.P. Jones family by Miss Tinnie Jones, N.d.
16-20 Presidential Scenic Railroad, 1991
21 Texts of talks by Biddy Hammett, 1972-1976
22 LaGrange Downtown Historic District

Box 3
Folder 1 Britton, Brockman, Cargill, Chewning, Clarke, Echols-Favor
2 Edwards, Goodrich, Hearn, Hammock,
3-12 Hammett

Box 4
Folder 1-8 Hammett
9 Leverette, Morgan, Phillips, Strozier
10 Reynolds
11 Reynolds, Young
12 Miscellaneous, Multiple Family
13 Topical Research Notes, Maps

Related Papers at Troup County Archives
MS-1 Troup County Historical Society Records


Note: The numbers following these entries refer to box and folder number.

Antioch Community 2:11
Britton Family 3:1
Brockman Family 3:1
Bulloch Hall, Roswell, Georgia 2:13
Camp Viola 2:13
Cargill Family 3:1
Chattahoochee Valley Art Association 1:2-8
Chewning Family 3:1
Clark family 2:5; 3:1
Coffee County, Alabama 2:5
Colquitt, Walter Terry 2:5
Cox family 2:5
Dallis house, Broad Street 1:15
Echols-Favor Family 3:1
Edwards Family 3:2
Eufaula, Alabama 1:12
Evans and Ragland, Distillers 2:3
Ferrell, Sara Coleman 2:5
Ferrell - Holder house 2:7
Franklin, Georgia 1:13
Goodrich Family 3:2
Hall, Mrs. M.A. 2:5
Hammett family 2:13; 3:3-12; 4:1-8
Hammett, James D. house 1:15
Hammock Family 3:2
Heard - Beall - Dallis house 1:15
Hearn Family 3:2
Hill, John house 1:15
Kidd - Robertson - Holle house 1:15
Johnson Cemetery 2:13
Lafayette's Command at Yorktown 2:13
LaGrange, Georgia original town plan 2:1
Lee, Moses J. 2:5
Leslie, Thomas 2:5
Leverette Family 4:9
Long Cane Historic District 2:5
Methodist Campground, Durand, Georgia 2:13
Morgan Family 4:9
Nash family 2:13
Nimmons House, 310 Broad Street 2:13
Ocfuskee Historical Society 1:9
Partridge family 2:13
Phillips Family 4:9
Pine Trace Pony Club 1:10
Pleasant Grove Community 2:13
Pleasant Grove Methodist Church 2:13
Potts Brothers Store 1:15
Potts, Monroe farm 1:15
Providence Baptist Church 2:8
Reynolds family 2:13; 4:10-11
Strozier Family 4:9
Swanson, Nathan Graves house 1:15
Southern Female College 2:13
Tabard Literary Club 1:1
Thornton Cottage, Broad Street 1:15
Troup Factory 2:5,10
Yancey - Smith House, 600 Broad Street 2:13
Young Family 4:11
Zoo, LaGrange, 1890 2:4


Antioch Community
Asbury Methodist Church
Chattahoochee Valley Art Association
Distillery - LaGrange, c.1860
Hammett Family
Historic Houses - LaGrange
LaGrange - History - town plan, 1828
Ocfuskee Historical Society
Pine Trace Pony Club
Providence Primitive Church
Tabard Club (literary society)
Troup Factory
Zoo - LaGrange, 1890