Just Passing By

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” – Peter Drucker

There are places I have driven by dozens of times, and I have no idea what they are. I learned this last year when I started to ride my bicycle around Uptown Charlotte last year. There were several places I had just driven by and never paid any attention to. I took the effort last year to explore where I live, and know a little more about the city I call home.

A month ago the family and I took a trip over to Northeast Georgia, and stayed at a campground near Helen. This site is one of the first things you see when you get close to town. In fact, it is often used as a way to give someone directions. My wife and I went to college in Northeast Georgia, and must have driven by this thing several times. I had never actually taken the time though to understand what it really is. When we passed it on our first full day there, I stopped and took some photos of it.

I read up about this site. It is a Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound. Many archeologist believe almost 100 Native Americans are buried at this spot. Some thought it was the site of a love story gone wrong, but most historians believe it was a place where people from the community were buried. The land was acquired in 1915, and was used as part of a large farm. The gazebo was built around this time. The farm changed hands a few times, and it was discovered that it was a burial ground. Historians are not sure if the original owners knew about the true nature of the land when they started to develop it. Once they did, it became closed off to the public.

The photos I took show how close you can get. This space is set aside to honor those who were here before us.

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