New flowers, shrubbery, trees, mulch and beds are shaping up at the Kingston Woman’s History Club, 13 E. Main St., in the Kingston City Park thanks to a grant provided by Home Depot and volunteer efforts of employees from the Cartersville store.
In September, Team Depot and the Home Depot Foundation helped a local Army veteran with landscaping and a new deck at his family’s Euharlee home. This time around, Home Depot has made a unique partnership with the Kingston Woman’s History Club in an effort to enhance the club’s commemoration of veterans.
“Right now, a huge focus of Team Depot and the Home Depot Foundation is helping veterans,” said Cartersville Team Depot Captain Sonya Johnson. “Mostly, it’s to help veterans with their housing or facilities that need remodeling, but because the Kingston Woman’s History Club recognizes veterans and remembers Civil War soldiers, we were awarded everything we asked for from corporate.
“They don’t have the funds to buy plants like this. This is a lot to be spent on plants and they have events all year. Every time there’s an event pertaining to veterans, they have a ceremony and there’s a lot of history in this town — I’m just glad that we could help.”
Home Depot corporate awarded the Cartersville store a $4,200 grant for the project and local employees gave of their time Tuesday to plant flowers and spread mulch. Kingston Woman’s History Club President Nettie Holt was grateful to receive the help in the days approaching busy back-to-back weekends with events commemorating the Civil War and remembering fallen soldiers.
“It’s pretty phenomenal because, being a nonprofit, we would never have the money to fund something like this,” Holt said. “We do fundraising just to keep the lights on, and for any new exhibits we put up, we rely on fundraising and donations. The community and the region has been very generous and supported us with donations — we do several fundraisers each year, we’re doing a homemade quilt raffle now, we do a spaghetti dinner in the fall, we do another gift-card raffle later on — just to pay monthly expenses to keep the museum going. So to have this, it makes the outside of the museum appealing and it sets the atmosphere for a small Southern town that is interested in preserving its history.
“Having everything in tip-top shape will help out a lot for this weekend.”
Although Vanessa Garland has only been a member for two years, she now serves as chair of the fundraising committee and helped put the grant application together with Johnson. In her time with the club, however, Garland has already seen the work that members regularly put into the club and museums, making the Home Depot gift all the more meaningful.
“For us in the history club, this is about remembering the history of Kingston and the part it played in the Civil War, but also it’s a place for veterans to come and remember and for us to remember those that gave their lives for us,” Garland said. “When I stand here and see the transformation taking place, I remember these ladies working so hard for so many years to keep this place beautiful, but with no funds. They mostly took funds out of their own pockets to provide flowers and they work so hard to keep this place going — so to have all this extra help and volunteers, it’s a godsend.”
In addition to fresh mulch and new perennials — including roses, hydrangeas and azaleas — Home Depot replaced a rotting cross-tie flower bed with a new stacked-stone bed. Four trees also are being planted, two weeping cherry trees to accompany the Kingston Veteran’s Memorial, a dogwood tree to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and a cherry tree in memory of the late Martha Mulinix.
“One tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. Martha Mulinix, who was a member of the club probably longer than any member of the club in our history and this is one of the oldest clubs for women in the nation — she was a member of the club for right at 60 years,” Holt said. “I really can’t say enough [about Mulinix]. She really was the driving force for many years keeping the club alive, and keeping history alive and preserving the history in Kingston. She always had ideas to keep people interested and bring people into the museum, and of course, our annex was named after her several years ago. We do miss her; she was always a vital presence.”
The Kingston Woman’s History Club will host Confederate and Union re-enactors and period demonstrations at a Civil War encampment this weekend on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kingston City Park. Much of the day’s events will focus on period music, including performances from the 8th Regiment Band at 11 a.m., Bartow Winds at 2 p.m. and Robert Jones at 3:15 p.m.
On Sunday, April 28, the Kingston Woman’s History Club will host the 149th Confederate Memorial Day service at Kingston Baptist Church, 40 E. Main St., Kingston, at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, call Holt at 770-386-0146 or Linda Leachman at 770-382-1747.