Nash Farm Battlefield Museum Curator, Bill Dodd, stands next to one of the museum's most recent acquisitions, a miniature painting of the center panel of the Atlanta Cyclorama, used as a guide to paint the larger piece that was commissioned in 1883.
By Elaine Rackley
Nash Farm Battlefield, in Hampton, recently opened a museum which features a miniature replica painting, of the center panel, of Atlanta's historic Cyclorama attraction.
The painting once was part of the Cyclorama Civil War exhibit, and was used as a model for the larger painted version, said Cassie Barrow, President of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield. It was donated to the Museum Feb. 11, by anonymous donors.
The artwork is being hailed as yet another Southern Crescent attraction that will bring tourists to the area. Nash Farm Battlefield was designated by the National Park Service, in 2010, as one of 384 core battlefields in the Civil War.
"The Museum at Nash Farm provides a great opportunity to tell the story of the events that took place there during the summer of 1864, and showcase many of the artifacts found on site during an archeological dig," said Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth 'B.J.' Mathis.
Heritage tourism is the second largest industry in Georgia, according to Mathis. "The museum will allow us to attract many of those tourists to Henry County, in turn, helping our local economy," she added.
The commission chairman's views are shared by Henry County District 2 commissioner, Fred Auletta.
"I am excited about this museum opening, and believe that it, combined with the Veterans Wall of Honor and Military Museum in Heritage Park, will help us to attract more tourism to our community, and that's good news for Henry County's economy," the commissioner added.
"Many thanks go to the volunteers of the Friends of Nash Farm for the countless hours they have put into this project. It would not have happened without their dedication," added Mathis.
The Nash Farm Museum is located at 4361 Jonesboro Road, in Hampton. Museum hours are Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. and by appointment for tour groups.
Nash Farm Battlefield celebrated the grand opening of its museum on Saturday, Feb. 12. More than 250 people came out for the day-long festivities, which included museum tours, book signings, and cannon firings, said Barrows.
The museum is housed in the newly-renovated Nash House, and features an array of "The War between the States" artifacts from both Union and Confederate soldiers, recovered in the archaeological dig that took place on the battlefield site in 2007, by the Lamar Institute, in addition to artifacts that have been donated by numerous private individuals, she added.
There is also a "Ladies Room," which displays different styles of dress during that era, and a children's room which features a trunk filled with clothes for children to try on and see what they would look like, she added.
For more information about Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum, visit www.henrycountybattlefield.com.