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By Elizabeth Shugg:
Family Land Offers Sanctuary for Childhood Dreams and Boundless Exploration In 1908, Charles and Effie Rowland bought 250 acres of untouched land for less than $2,000 alongside the Atlanta Highway in Athens, Ga. A burbling creek meandered through the property into the Oconee River, and a verdant meadow stretched across its lower quadrant. They named the tract “Beech Haven” in honor of its dense population of beech trees, and made plans to build a large summerhouse on a hill overlooking the creek. Effie chose a location that would allow cool breezes to blow through, and drew up the architectural plans to include high ceilings and expansive porches. It was, after all, a summerhouse. I never knew the Rowlands, but owe my existence to them. They were my maternal great-great-grandparents, and five generations of their descendants have enjoyed the land they nurtured and protected. A Return to My Roots I was […]