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Local Missions/Cobb – Friday – 4.1.16

Local Missions: Cobb County has had a great week of discovering the treasures in our own community. Mr. Shaffer saved some of his favorite spots for last!

We started the day with a visit to Ms. Orefice’s kindergarten class, who had been faithfully praying for our team. The Lower Schoolers sat on the carpet and listened to the Upper Schoolers tell some stories about our week. Everyone was relieved and grateful that the kindergarteners’ prayers had protected us from all the ghosts, like Florence, living in the old houses we visited (see Wednesday’s post). The kindergarteners paired off with the big kids to exchange more stories and draw pictures together. Brooklyn from Ms. Orefice’s class led us in another sweet prayer before we headed out to the bus for our next excursion.

We took a short ride down Old 41 to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in downtown Kennesaw. The railroad tracks in use today follow the same path as the Western & Atlantic line that was so crucial to the development of the South in the 1800s. Several cargo trains delayed the bus, and their whistles interrupted the docent’s tour, so we definitely felt the presence of the railway. We learned about one of the most thrilling episodes in the Civil War, which played out only yards away from the museum – the Great Locomotive Chase. Yankees (a group now called Andrew’s Raiders) snuck into the Confederate camp at Big Shanty (the old name for Kennesaw) and stole a locomotive called the General. As they took off toward Chattanooga, they left obstructions on the track and cut the telegraph wires. The train’s conductor, William Fuller, took the theft as an assault on his professional pride, and he chased the train on foot with a couple of companions. They commandeered a pushcart and two other locomotives to catch up to the General. At the climax of the chase, Fuller and his friends had flagged down the Texas, which was south-bound, but Fuller and his friends drove the train backwards to catch Andrew’s Raiders, when the General literally ran out of steam. The General itself is on display, and it is quite impressive!

The Southern Museum had other neat things, like clothing and playing cards from the 19th century. We learned that all babies, even boys, wore dresses in that era, because it made it easier to change their diapers! Lucy Park tapped out her name in Morse code on an old telegraph machine, and we saw how one engine could power a whole section of a factory in the exhibit on the Glover Machine Works (same Glover as Glover Park in Marietta Square). One of the coolest items on display was a boxcar given to the United States as a gift from France after World War II. French people filled 49 train boxcars with tokens of gratitude – paintings, dresses, you name it – and gave one to each state and the District of Columbia (Alaska and Hawaii weren’t states yet). Georgia’s boxcar is really well preserved, and it serves as a reminder of the lengths to which the American and French people will go to serve one another.

After the museum, we enjoyed a lovely picnic in Smith-Gilbert Gardens. This was a private home and garden, but now it is open to the public. There were so many gorgeous blooms to brighten our afternoon. Bonsai trees, koi pond, perennials, fine sculptures… there was too much to see! After we took a guided tour, we got to let out our inner-child and play with bubbles. We thanked the Lord and the staff at Smith-Gilbert by pulling weeds at the end of the day.

All week we saw such rich treasures here in our own corner of the world. Cobb County has more to offer than most of us realized. Now that we are better acquainted with the roots of our community, we are all better equipped to serve it, love it, and claim more of it for God’s glory.

“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep…” (Acts 13:36).

Kate Seat

Student Reactions

“I loved getting to go to the garden today! It was extremely beautiful and it was so much fun playing with bubbles!”
-Anna Lineberry

“My favorite part about today was getting to pray and be with the little kids, as well as touring the garden with my friends!”
-Hunter Norman

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Local Missions/Cobb – Thursday – 3.31.16

Today Local Missions: Cobb turned its sights toward one of the most prominent (both geographically and historically) features of Cobb County: Kennesaw Mountain! In particular, our day focused on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, part of the Atlanta Campaign of the summer of 1864.

The morning was an informative one: we started by viewing the new (as of 2013) Visitor Center film laying out the Campaign and the Battle. A particular highlight was finding out that the Illinois officer who led the attack on Cheatham Hill, Colonel Dan McCook, inspired his men by reciting one of the poems from Thomas Babington Macauley’s Lays of Ancient Rome; Latin importance never dies, right Ms. Seat? We then got a bit more focused as a park volunteer, retired police Officer Tolbert, showed us historical artifacts and explained the day-to-day life of a soldier. I think the big take-away for our students is that we are blessed to live when we do, and that our ancestors were people of fortitude. In particular, they were grateful to have food other than a ¾-lb square of salted pork and hardtack for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mr. Tolbert was followed by Mr. Shaffer: not our NCCS Bible teacher, but Mr. Michael Shaffer, a Civil War historian and lecturer at KSU (though we found out it is possible he and our Bible teacher may be long-lost distant cousins; more ancestral research is needed!). After exhorting us that we ought to learn something about everything and everything about something, Mr. Shaffer shared more about how the Atlanta Campaign unfolded right around the NCCS campus, including the battles of New Hope Church, Pickett’s Mills, and Dallas to our west. Given that the next battles came to Pine Mountain (the namesake for Pine Mountain Road), Gilgal Church (just across the street from Great Harvest Bread Company, and Brushy Mountain (the small mountain behind the Carmax at Barrett Parkway), we decided it was almost certain both armies marched across the NCCS campus 150 years ago!

After Mr. Shaffer’s talk (and then lunch: always a highlight), the majority of the crew braved the rain to climb Big Kennesaw Mountain (a 700-foot elevation change). Hunter Norman, Anna Lineberry, and Christine Resultan represented basketball, volleyball, and dance in making the lead ascent, but the remainder of the crew were not far behind!

Thanks be to God for a safe day and for a rich heritage of people who showed fortitude and honor and who were willing to risk and sacrifice everything in order to count others more significant than themselves.

Mr. Zack Shaffer

Student Reactions

“My favorite part of today was when I reached the top of the mountain and got to look back with Mr. Shaffer and laugh at the rest of the students struggling up the mountain!”
-Hunter Norman

“Hiking the mountain was definitely the best part of today! I got to spend times and gasp for air with great friends and make fun of Hunter along the way!”
-Anna Lineberry

“My favorite part of today was reaching the top of Kennesaw Mountain. The scenery was gorgeous and really made me see that there are amazing things to be found in this area.”
-Chas Savage

Local Missions/Cobb – Wednesday – 3.30.16

Today was definitely a good one! We started off the day by visiting the wonderful Ms. Abbie Park’s house in historic Acworth. She was a fantastic lady! She taught us all about the different styles of houses (specifically Victorian and Bungalow) and the history of those around the area. Abbie’s house is the original James McMillan residence; James McMillan ran a general store in Acworth (the building now houses Henry’s Louisiana Grill) and married one of the Lemon girls (the family after whom Lemon Street is named). While we were touring the house she lives in, she introduced us to her ghost, Florence. Florence was one of the McMillan’s children who died of what would now be recognized as bone cancer while she was 14. Ever since then, many people have commented on seeing a spirit roaming around the house causing a ruckus. Across the street we got to visit the Bailey-Howe family’s bungalow – Kara Howe graduated from NCCS in 2013. Their house was designed by Leila Ross Wilburn, a successful architect from the first half of the 20th century, who brought craftsmanship to the masses and pioneered a path for women in a male-dominated profession.

Next, we toured a century of the black community’s history in Acworth, starting with the Bethel AME church, which has served a historically (but not exclusively) black congregation since 1863. There we spoke to the pastor of this church, Rev. Leela Brown Waller. She spoke all about how slaves built the church building in the 20 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Rev. Waller also let everybody ring the church bell!

Next, we took a look at the Rosenwald School across the street. This school, and others like it, was built by the local community for African-American children who were excluded from schools for white children in the Jim Crow South. Part of the funding came from the community here in Acworth, and part came from Julius Rosenwald, a president of Sears & Roebuck who was inspired by the writings of Booker T. Washington. It was a very small school that was split down the middle – one side for 1st-5th grade, one side for 6th-12th grade. We also looked the Roberts School, which now serves as a community center. It was built for African-Americans in 1947 when pressure to integrate schools was mounting and white Georgians were pressing hard to keep “separate but equal” the law of the land. The Roberts School was slightly larger than the Rosenwald school, but not by much. Cobb County never built a high school for African-Americans, so black teenagers had to travel to Marietta, to Atlanta, or drop out of school.

After this, we stopped and ate at Gabriel’s at the Old Mill (a fabulous restaurant might I add!) Once we had finished eating, Mr. Denver came over to tell us about the history of the restaurant: John Cowan (after whom the Cowan Connector is named) “struck it rich” in Montana and reinvested much of his wealth in the Acworth community, constructing the mill and many of the buildings around it. This tour also included some ghost stories. He even told of some personal encounters with the spirits, and let us all tour the basement to see if we would see anything interesting for ourselves!  Let’s just say, many screams were heard.

We then said bye to Ms. Abbie and Mr. Denver and headed out to the City Hall to do our service project. We spent about an hour and a half spreading pine straw and planting flowers near Main Street in preparation for some upcoming spring and summer festivals. Very beautiful!!

All in all it was a great day filled with many great people!

Miranda Phillips (10th grade)

Student Reactions

“My favorite part of the day was being with Ms. Abbie. I loved getting to hear the ghost stories that she told and reminded people about, even though it was a little creepy.”
-Anna Lineberry

“My favorite moment about today was helping out at the end, I really enjoy giving back to the community. Working with my friends to help people who needed it is my favorite thing to do!”
-Hunter Norman

“My favorite memory today was seeing the church and the story behind the two columns. I also liked the viewing and lunch of Gabriel’s.”

*See more pictures of the Local Missions/Cobb team on the NCCS Facebook page –

-Sydney Barnes

Local Missions/Cobb – Tuesday – 3.29.16

Today the Local Missions: Cobb County team started the day with a trolley tour through historic Marietta. Our driver was a member of the NCCS family: Cali Todd’s grandfather! We saw some really cool landmarks, including Oakton (oldest home in Marietta, 1830s, on sale for a cool $3 million), Zion Baptist Church (founded by former slaves in 1866, built with handmade bricks, still an active congregation today), and the Confederate and National Cemeteries. Anna Lineberry reflected, “I really enjoyed seeing the Union Cemetery today! It was beautiful! The way it was laid out and went with the natural flow of the ground was breathtaking.”

After the trolley tour, we explored the Root House. William Root was a pharmacist in Marietta, and his is one of the few middle-class antebellum homes to survive to the present. Everyone was amazed at the authenticity of the 1850s furnishings and décor. We learned that insects in the bedroom were a common nuisance and that rope held their mattresses in place instead of box springs. Every night you had to tighten the ropes so your mattress didn’t sag. That’s why people say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

After the Root House we got a brief tour of the Marietta Museum of History, which had some really neat military artifacts. Then we got to fill our bellies with delicious pies from Marietta Pizza Company. The girls indulged in some bubble tea after lunch, which was a welcome treat.

Our last stop of the day was the Anderson House, where we talked with the folks at Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society about the Elizabeth Porter Community Center. The building that housed the community center was originally a hospital built to serve the African-American community in Marietta. Now the building has been demolished, and the property is being remade into a park. Still their hope is that the space will continue to serve a role in the life of the community. This goal ties in with our theme verse for the week: “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep…” (Acts 13:36). We are shaping our aim to serve the purpose of God in our own generation.

Kate Seat

Local Missions: Cobb – Monday – 3.28.16

The Local Missions: Cobb County team started the week with an awesome Day One! Coach Corbett drove us to Hyde Farm in East Cobb. This farm was built on land tragically taken from the Cherokee and redistributed in the Georgia Land Lotteries. The Power family (namesake of Powers Ferry Road) acquired the land in the 1820s and later sold it to the Hyde family around 1920. The farm has been operating continuously for almost 200 years. Coach Corbett recalled meeting the Hyde brothers back in the early ‘70s when he ran some errands with his father-in-law – Hyde Farm was where Mrs. Corbett’s father bought his vegetables!

Our team got to see faithful stewardship of God’s creation as we toured the grounds. We saw contours in the land, which were put in by design to prevent soil nutrients from washing downhill, and we traced small ruts in the ground that direct water gently across the land. Apparently you don’t want your water to run off – you want it to walk off! One of our guides, Morning Washburn, lives in the original Power family cabin, and she let us play in her yard! This was a treat, because she rarely invites tour groups over. It was even the first time for many of the Cobb County staffers to see Morning’s cabin, so we were grateful for her hospitality. Her home is a happy place with a welcome sign, a water well, two swings out back, and a giant magnolia tree, made for climbing. Everybody found something fun to do: Yeni Hong, Chas Savage, Mitchell Townsend, Hunter Norman, and Savannah Lawson drew water from the well; Morning showed us all how to get some serious air by standing and “surfing” on the tree swing; Lyun, Haewon, and Lucy filled Yeni’s braid with wildflowers; Christine Resultan climbed her very first tree (and did a great job at it, we might add).

We toured the farm and then had a picnic lunch by the pond. We shook up some cream to make our own butter, which was delicious. After we ate, we set to work raking leaves and collecting sticks and branches to clear a path for the mower. We had to get rid of some big branches and break them down to fit on the four-wheeler. Isaac Scriber snapped some pretty huge branches, but Hunter Norman and Thomas Mosely teamed up to break the biggest one: to halve it they each took an end and ran at a big tree to crack it on the trunk. Consensus: breaking things is fun.

Hyde Farm loves having volunteers (ages 16 and up) in the summer, so if you need some community service hours, give them a call! Our team will vouch that it’s a fun place to work.

Mr. Shaffer’s hope for us this week is that we would have a strengthened sense of place. We are not nowhere (despite what the sign in the picture may say). God has placed us in a particular place and time, and in order for us to serve our community well, we should know it well. We will be better equipped to love our neighbors in Cobb County if we know our local roots. Mr. Shaffer draws some inspiration from the farmer and author Wendell Berry, who wrote, “God made the world because He wanted it made. He thinks the world is good, and He loves it. It is His world; He has never relinquished title to it. And He has never revoked the conditions, bearing on His gift to us of the use of it, that oblige us to take excellent care of it.” Today the Cobb team definitely enjoyed being in and taking excellent care of God’s world.

Kate Seat

Student Reflections

I enjoyed getting to take artsy pictures in the woods especially on the swing.” -Lauren Strickland

“My favorite part was probably getting to see all the flowers and hear the birds singing as we walked around. It was so cool to be walking around a house that was almost 200 years old!” -Miranda Phillips

“I really enjoyed seeing the place and exploring. The people were so kind and open to showing us and the whole experience was very intriguing.” -Christine Resultan

“I liked the old farm because it was new to me and I learned lots.” -Thomas Mosely

“I loved getting to go to Morning’s house and look around and have some fun! I ‘swing surfed’ for the first time! It was an amazing experience to be able to visit her house that isn’t usually open to the public.” -Anna Lineberry

“Today’s best memories for me are visiting those old houses, I was shocked by those houses because I’ve only seen few this kind of house in China. Another good memory is cleaning the backyard, it’s a little tiring but is fun too. Today is a great day.” -Russell Lee

“I thought it was very cool when we got to get water from the well and see how it looked and felt.” -Hailey Terrell