An Evening at Valley View to benefit EVHS Oral History Project
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Historic Valley View, the Greek Revival antebellum home of the Norton family, located at 100 Valley View Farm Road S.W. off Euharlee Road, opens its doors and grounds on the evening of June 8 to welcome guests to a silent auction, open house, music and dinner to benefit the Oral History Project of the Etowah Valley Historical Society.

The home was constructed by Col. James Caldwell Sproull in the 1840s, was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War and currently is owned by Sproull’s direct descendants.

An Evening at Valley View begins at 6 p.m. on the front veranda with wine and viewing of donated art, services and products for which guests may place their bids. Some of the items already donated are a recorded interview by Cartersville Voice and Video; a $500 will package by Attorney Faye McCord; a $125 certificate toward a family portrait by Tonsmeire Studios; a $200 genealogy study by Linda Cochran; a $300 basket from Star Provisions (parent company of Bacchanalia); a $100 package from Culinaria; an Italian dinner for six by Chef Frankie B’s; a $100 dollar coupon from Doug’s Restaurant; art pottery by Sharon Camp; art photography by John Mariana known for his photos of Civil War re-enactments; estate items, including glassware and antiques; a wine basket; a pound cake; two lunches from Honey Baked Ham; a Congressional Cookbook from the office of Congressman Phil Gingrey, M.D.; an art commission; a hand-quilted wall hanging by Martha Mulinix; a quilted jacket designed and made by Martha Mulinix; a framed photograph of Valley View by Victor Mulinix; and a hand-decorated gourd by retired Kennesaw State University Professor Ed Bostick.

Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse plans to serve dinner in the courtyard or on the porches in case of rain. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair. A popular performer for EVHS venues, Stephen Lee will entertain on the back porch surrounding the courtyard from 6 to 9 p.m. with musical favorites. Guests are welcome to take a tour.

Oral histories record in DVD form the life and times of beloved Bartow County residents from all walks of life, socioeconomic levels and races in order to preserve this firsthand historical account for the benefit of current and future generations. This project is an outgrowth of the Historic Inventory Project chaired by Mary Norton. There currently are 55 oral histories in the archive with more planned, funds permitting.

Each DVD costs a minimum of $250 for the professional recording of the interview. On-site use of the Oral History Archive is available at the Cartersville Public Library, the Bartow History Museum and the library of the Etowah Valley Historical Society in the Gold Dome Bartow County Courthouse. Families, organizations or individuals are encouraged to make their own oral history DVD and donate a copy to the archive. For more information, call Oral History Committee Chairmen, Genie Certain, 770-383-3533, or Trey Gaines at the Bartow History Museum, 770-387-2774; or the office of EVHS, 770-606-8862.

For tickets to An Evening at Valley View, which cost $25 per person, call the Etowah Valley Historical Society office at 770-606-8862 or Certain at 770-383-3533.