Compiled by editors and cousins W.F. Bell and Marcus L. Beavers, the book, “Buffington and Macedonia In Days Gone By,” traces the history of the area from Cherokee Indian times and a large Indian stockade to hard-working farmers and influential businesses like Nejasco Farms and Dairy.
Published by Yawn’s Publishers, a book signing is scheduled today at 5:30 p.m. at Yawn’s Books and More for the new book.
All proceeds from the book will benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society.
“Buffington and Macedonia In Days Gone By” is the story of country people dedicated to faith, family, and community, according to the authors. The book tells the thrilling history of the close-knit communities of Buffington and Macedonia, located in east-central Cherokee County.
“The historical material was plentiful for this account; sorting and arranging it was the goal, remembering the line, ‘It becomes a duty to recall the past in order that others in the future might obtain guidance and inspiration,’” said Bell.
The two cousins are descendants of Thomas R. Bell (1814-1907) and John T. Beavers (1837-1914).
Bell, born in Canton in 1948, was the last of four children born to Edwin and Katie Bell of Buffington. After high school and college, Bell was an itinerant evangelist, a publisher of Christian literature, and was the founding editor of Free Grace Broadcaster magazine in 1975.
From 1979 to 1982 he owned and operated Bell’s Store, and since that time has worked for both Sears and Home Depot. He and his wife, Elaine Bell, a former banker and now community volunteer, still live in Buffington.
Beavers, born in Atlanta in 1941, was the first of two children born to Lee and Aline Beavers of Macedonia. In 1963, the family moved back to their home community.
Beavers worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation for 10 years from 1971 to 1981, and for the Veterans Administration for 18 years, retiring in 2001.
He now devotes most of his time to study, writing, and travel. He and his wife, Myra, continue to live in Macedonia.
Through public and official records, personal interviews and family scrapbooks, the editors have compiled a historic look at these two communities, and the Bell and Beavers families.
From “Countryside of our Homes, 1908-1930,” “Reminiscences of the 1950s-60s,” “The History of Bell’s Store,” “Four Community Churches,” and other material, the book and the contributing pictures bring to life the history of Buffington and Macedonia.
The book is available in hardcover for $30 at Yawn’s Books & More, 210 East Main Street, Canton, Ga., or online at www.yawnspublishing.com.
The book will also be available at the Cherokee County Historical Society office in Canton.