History takes center stage at Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair
by Marie Nesmith
Sep 09, 2010 | 3014 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During last year’s Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair, Maurice Cook works on a painting of a family studying a Sunday school lesson. The two-day fair is held at the Pine Log United Methodist Church campground in Rydal. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
During last year’s Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair, Maurice Cook works on a painting of a family studying a Sunday school lesson. The two-day fair is held at the Pine Log United Methodist Church campground in Rydal. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
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Along with artwork, food and entertainment, the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair will provide festival goers with a sense of history. Through free guided tours scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., Wade Wilson will share stories about the festival's pre-Civil War setting -- the Pine Log United Methodist Church's campground -- with interested visitors.

Wilson said he hopes attendees will gain "the understanding of our church and the tremendous history that we have. There's a lot of people from outside our community that come and I can tell that they seem to be very interested in history. So I think they get an understanding of what our church is and some of the significance historically that it's had."

Built in 1842, the church at 3497 Pine Log Road in Rydal has withstood a forest fire and the Civil War. However, Wilson said it is most known for events surrounding a South Carolina earthquake in 1886.

"They didn't rebuild our tabernacle [after it burned] that was up on a hill," he said. "Then at the end of a service in Aug. 31, 1886, Rev. J.N. Sullivan was preaching and at the end of services he prayed the prayer, 'Lord, if it takes it to move the hearts of these people, shake the ground on which this old building stands.'

"And right after that the earthquake shook, which was the direct result of an earthquake in Charleston, S.C. The effects were felt in Pine Log and obviously people were quite moved after that happened. ... Right after that it kind of motivated the church and within two years time they built the tabernacle that we're currently using now."

Sponsored by the Pine Log UMC's men, the 31st Annual Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We'll have about 65 [vendors]," said Wilson's mother, Mary Lou Wilson, who also is a member of Pine Log UMC. "We've got baskets, pottery, leather, jewelry, hand-turned bowls, [carvings], paintings. We've got a variety."

This weekend, the activities will be ongoing behind the church and vendors will be selling their wares on the porches of the cabins and under the open-air tabernacle.

"Pine Log [is] another example of a fall event on an historic site that actually gives people a feel for another place and time," said Ellen Archer, executive director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Pine Log to me and [the Arts Festival at] Rose Lawn, part of the experience is the setting. Rose Lawn being the elegant, refined, Victorian lawn and Pine Log being the country campground that is almost a museum in itself.

"I think it's very unique that it's not just a big field where someone goes out and throws a big arts and crafts show on. The experience is expanded by the settings and those are two such unique settings."

While children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost, adults will be charged $3 at the gate. Proceeds from the fair will go toward the upkeep of the historic church and mission projects.

For more information about the event, call 770-383-0925 or 770-607-5350 or visit www.pinelogumc.org.