Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Seven Springs Museum Part 1

Seven Springs Museum
3901 Brownsville Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Located adjacent to Powder Springs Park just across the railroad tracks from historic downtown Powder Springs, Georgia, Seven Springs Museum is a wonderful (and free!) glimpse into the history of Powder Springs and West Cobb County.

The Seven Springs Museum building was originally the George Landers home
 a brick house on Atlanta Street in Powder Springs.
It was moved to the park and rebuilt to look like a log cabin in 1985.
The seven mineral springs in Powder Springs were known to the Creek and Cherokee Indians in the area well before white settlers began to migrant here. The Indians called the site Gunpowder Springs because of the gunpowder-like settlement of the minerals in the spring water, which smelled faintly of sulfur. They believed the water to have healing powers.

The pump installed over the spring in Powder Springs Park.
Powder Springs Creek flows through the woods beyond.

Minerals found in the spring water at Powder Springs include:
  • Silica
  • Chlorine
  • Sulfur Trioxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Sodium Dioxide
  • Potassium Oxide
  • Lime
  • Magnesia
  • Phosphorus Pent Oxide
  • Arsenic
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Alumina
  • Ferric Oxide
  • Lithia

Right and bottom: the spring pump at the park.
Top left: The Lindley Hotel served visitors to the springs during Powder Springs heyday as a health resort.

The park at the springs has long been a gathering place.
The pavilion was built in the mid-1800s and has seen many family outings,
political gatherings, picnics, reunions, and dances.

Powder Springs Park in the 1950s.

Powder Springs Creek flows beside (and occasionally floods) Powder Springs Park.

Location of the Seven Springs

Indian arrowheads and game stones

Indian arrowheads

Stone hoes and other implements used by Indians

White pioneers began encroaching in the area as early as 1819. The land was distributed to whites by the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832, three years before the 1835 treaty with the Cherokee Indians and six years before the Cherokee were removed in 1838 over the Trail of Tears.

Powder Springs and Cobb County were included in the 1832 land lottery
shown on the map in the northwest corner of the state.
The town of Springville was founded in December of 1838 on land previously ruled by two Cherokee Chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Noses Creek and Sweetwater Creek are named for them. The name of the town was changed to Powder Springs in 1859.

By the late 1850s, Powder Springs was a thriving resort town, with the springs attracting many tourist seeking the medicinal benefits of the water. Five hotels were built to accommodate them, and many residents took in boarders to handle the overflow.

The Lindley Hotel
Pioneers in Powder Springs included the Leake, Anderson, Baggett, Bennett, Du Pre, Florence,
Hopkins, Hicks, Hunter, Lindley, Moon, Ragsdale, Reynolds, and Scott families.

"The Reliable Churn"
#5 model Electric
Taylor Brothers Churn Company
Cost $6.50

Cast iron stove with cast iron cookware
Clockwise from upper left:
J.W. & Mattie Miller, Ethel Lee Clark, Archie Watson Young,
the Geiger family, sharecroppers for John Butner in 1930.
The bottom photo did not include another Geiger daughter who was my uncle's wife.
1920 coffee grinder.
The large picture is the Lost Mountain Store, built in 1881.
A slate shingle from Lost Mountain Store hangs beneath it.
Rehobeth School on Morris Road in Powder Springs, 1931
Students included Emmitt Geiger, shown above.
Vintage Antique Belgium French Tapestry
Donated by my first piano teacher, Elsie McDow

Powder Springs Police Department exhibit
1800s Judge's Gavel
Keys to the Powder Springs Jail
1890s Hand Cuffs

Iron, Ironing Board, Washtub

Sewing Machine, Spinning Wheel

Antique Quilts


The plate on left on 2nd shelf down depicts
McEachern High School.

Commemorative plate of
First Baptist Church, Powder Springs

Fireless Cooker
The fireless cooker used heated soapstones placed into aluminum wells to cook food.


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