The old Browning Courthouse was filled with the inquisitive and curious on Saturday, both young and old, in honor of Tucker’s 120th birthday.
Two beautiful pieces of Tucker history were donated; the original post office desk from the early 1890s, and an original church pew from Tucker Congregational Church from the late 1890s.
The grandchildren of Alpheus (Alf) Chewning, Nan and Theron Chewning, came to dedicate their Grandfather’s Post Office desk from 1892. Alf and his wife Delilah ran a general store in Tucker in the 1890s, and Alf ran the post office from the general store. He held the Postmaster position for 23 years.
The Hardy family came to the ceremony to dedicate a church pew from the Tucker Congregational Church that once stood on Main Street in the late 1890s. Hugh Simpson Lewis gifted the pew to their friends and neighbors, the Hardy family, and now the Hardy family has gifted the pew to the Tucker Historical Society.
Saturday’s festivities would not have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of Kathy and Harry Powell. She founded the Tucker Historical Society 11 years ago, and he’s been President for the past five years.
Their efforts were not in vain. Elaine Boyer, DeKalb County District 1 commissioner attended the event, and considers herself “a big fan of history.”
“I have photos of my great great grandparents hanging on my walls... For volunteers to do all this hard work, there is definitely a passion for history here in Tucker,” Boyer said. “It connects the generations.”
Tucker Station String Band played bluegrass music for the event, and the Old Tucker Fountain served hot dogs and BBQ.
People came by to enjoy a walk through the Tucker Butterfly Garden or to view Historical Society archives on display in the Browning Courthouse.
Pictures paint a thousand words; enjoy the photos and videos, and we hope to see you at the 125th Tucker Anniversary celebration planned for June 2017.