Every Town is
different from ever other town.
constantly comes home to us who are engaged in compiling
guidebooks, and its truth is more apparent with each new
volume. Written records may supply accurate dates, but the
true flavor of history is best brought out by conversation
with those who have participated. This flavor, or
atmosphere, we have sought to put into this book. Other
cities may have more industrial variety, more
establishments, more contrast between past and present; few
so truly embody, without selfconsciousness, the gracious
spirit of the Deep South. Some cities show their old house
everyday in the year. Washington_Wilkes lives in them.
In a community
such as this one, where the past is rivh but published
records are few, it was necessary to rely to a great extent
on the aid of citizens. This aid was give abundantly; we
cannot speak too highly of the diligence and courtesy of
those constultans will be found at the end of the book. We
ask the indulgence of any who may have failed to receive
credit for assistance. Even the greatest care cannot always
insure the inclusion of all consultants.
When the May and
City Council signed the sponsorship papers for "The Story of
Washington-Wilkes," the Writers' Project in Georgia had been
doing this work for about four years and had published
similar books of Savannah, Augusta, and macon as well as the
more comprhensive state guide. Therfore we had
had the benefit
of some experience. Partly for this reason and still more
becuase of the co-operation we reeived in Washington and
Wilkes County, events moved smoothly toward publication.
And so it is to
the citizens of Washington-Wilkes that we present this book.
We hope that those who are still living here will accept it
as a token of appreciation and that those who have moved
away will find in it something to remind them.
Samuel Tupper, Junior, State
Minnie Stonestreet, Research