CVHS to present quarterly program

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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WEST POINT — At 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 26, the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society (CVHS) will present its quarterly program on the development of the City of West Point on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The outdoor public gathering will be held underneath the large covered pavilion located alongside the river between the Hawkes Children’s Library and West Point City Hall. 

Organizers said there will be plenty of spaced seating, allowing for social distancing.

Henry Jacobs, director for the middle section of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), will discuss the natural history of the river, particularly the benefits and challenges of the fall line geography that defines West Point and the Greater Valley Area. Jacobs will also examine the most significant tributaries to our region and talk about recent efforts by CRK to address issues concerning the health of the local watershed, including sediment erosion and the proposed removal of Langdale and River View dams.

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CVHS President Malinda Powers will provide additional commentary about the history of settlement at this western-most point of the Chattahoochee. Originally, these lands were settled by the Creek Indians, who were still living on the west bank at the time Troup County was organized in the 1820s. Powers will address the influence of the Chattahoochee River on the early development of the city and examine the effects of major flooding in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“As always, our public programs are free,” Powers said. “One of our society’s publications contains a wonderful history of West Point. It was written in 1876 and delivered on the occasion of the nation’s centennial celebration. We will have copies of Proudest Inheritance for sale at our program at $10 each. We encourage those interested in local history to attend.”

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