Time is running out for the
Wheel of Prizes Drawing
Make a DONATION towards the “Light Up The Depot” Project to renovate the loading dock at The Depot for an open-air stage or
JOIN the Heritage Center by December 31st and your name will be added to a drawing for 4 great prizes:

● A Two-Night Stay at Historic Rockwell donated by Ross Sheppard

● A $100 Gift Certificate from Oconee Outfitters donated by Adam Heagy

● A $100 Gift Certificate from The Reel Grill donated by owner Ben Cook

● A $100 VISA Gift Card donated by a Friend of The Depot


On Tuesday, December 7, at 1:30 PM, the Trustees of Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot, Inc., became the proud owners of The Depot building at Central State Hospital!

Our deepest thanks to the family who made this purchase possible and in doing so secured the future of the Heritage Center.

Enjoy the video of Chuck Cheeves recounting the history of The Depot at Central State Hospital on our Facebook.

Chuck has made a study of railroad depots in Georgia and has visited and photographed every depot from Adairsville to Zebulon.
Twelve Days of (After) Christmas Giving
On the first day of Christmas, funds for Columns are what donors gave,
On the second day of Christmas, Tables were brought and postage saved.

On the third day of Christmas, checks came for Chairs in the museum,
On the fourth day of Christmas, gifts for Lights, we’re going to need them!

On the fifth day of Christmas, we purchased Concrete thanks to your generosity,
On the sixth day of Christmas, kind souls bought Bricks to build walls magnificently.

On the seventh day of Christmas, coffers increased and Fans were achieved,
On the eighth day of Christmas, donations for Gutters were gratefully received.

On the ninth day of Christmas, gold came for Steps to take visitors on their way,
On the tenth day of Christmas, currency was given for Signs, lest they go astray.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, stocks were given for Railings all around,
On the twelfth day of Christmas, cash arrived for Paint, the colors sure to astound!
The Twelve days of Christmas is the period that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Wisemen. It begins on December 25 and runs through January 5, Twelfth Night, or the Eve of the Three Kings’ Day. Special thanks to our Word Master Stephen Stewart for penning this clever adaptation of the familiar Twelve Days of Christmas poem for Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot to support The Depot renovation and for making holiday giving a little more ”present-able”.
Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
Likely you too can identify with Dorothy, since during this past year we all struggled with the Covid-19 pandemic.  For us at Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center, revenue streams critically important to our operation disappeared as tours, fundraisers, workshops, and grant sources shut down. We are grateful for the Small Business Administration Grant, Payroll Protection Plan and NEH/GA Humanities CARES grants that covered our summer payroll and insurance renewals. We depended on the October Membership Drive and the December 1st GA Gives fundraiser more than ever, and you rallied with your support. Thank you for your generous donations! 

As 2021 approaches, we will do even more with email, social media, and virtual educational programming until we can return to in-person events. However, these do not generate revenue, and we continue to need strong support from our Members, Partners, and Donors to fulfill our mission of enriching lives through history, education, and the arts and renovate The Depot. If you missed renewing your membership or giving on GA Gives Day, you can still take part in our Twelve Days of (After) Christmas Giving. Donate or join by December 31st, and you will be added to the drawing for our Wheel of Prizes, and what prizes they are!

Stay healthy during these unprecedented times. You might want to get out your red shoes. After all, they worked for Dorothy! 

The Wright Dressing for Your Holiday Table
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas for decades our Johnson/Wright family gave mixed reviews, mostly thumbs down, on the holiday dressing. There was the year Mother persuaded a friend to make the dressing but somehow wires got crossed and her friend used an entire container of sage. That was the last year Mother was entrusted with the dressing. After several more years of “too soupy,” “too dry,” or “too salty”, I figured I had nothing to lose and volunteered to make the holiday dressing. It took a few tries to perfect the recipe, but it finally came together! WARNING: This stuff is really good. You may be making the holiday dressing for every future holiday, so beware! Here goes….

3 c. homemade cornbread, crumbled
2-1/2 cups of dry sour dough bread, crumbled
4 c. turkey stock
½ c. melted butter
1 lg. onion, chopped
3 stalks fresh celery, chopped
2 eggs
½ t. pepper
½ T. salt
½ t. sage
¾ c. buttermilk
Pinch of soda

Mix bread crumbs and other ingredients. Add eggs, mix well. Just before putting in oven, add buttermilk and soda, mix well. Dressing will be really soupy. Bake in greased baking dish at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (longer if you like your dressing firmer). Enjoy!
Remember sitting on the lap of a department store Santa Claus?
The first department store Santa was James Edgar, a Scottish immigrant and owner of a Boston department store who bore a striking resemblance to the portly gentleman. During the Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, Edgar would mesmerize children as he wandered about his store dressed as Santa Claus and seeking out the children of customers so they could confide in him. When Edgar died in 1909, hundreds of local school children, let out for lunch, filed by his casket to pay their respects. (Wikipedia)
May your holidays be merry and the New Year one
of good health and happiness!

~ The Board of Trustees & Staff ~
Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot, Inc.