Stop #2 – Courthouse Fountain
1. Stop 2 Audio
When Simon Bolivar Buckner was a boy, he often had to fetch water from the town spring – 170 feet below the top of the hill where he attended the log school. He resolved that he would one day run that water up the hill to spare the others the same hardship.
The Hart County News, May 1895, reports that Buckner, a civil engineer, was going to personally oversee and pay for a public fountain in the courthouse square. A reservoir and waterworks plant with a water wheel was constructed at the mouth of the spring to pump water through wooden pipes.
Today the fountain and the courthouse square are gathering places for events from the Hart County Civil War Days in September to the Hometown Christmas festivities in December.
Oral Histories about
2. Simon Bolivar BucknerTold by Macy McDowell
3. Santa on the Courthouse LawnTold by Coni Shepperd
4. Selling LemonadeTold by Charlie Williams
5. What Main Street was line in the 50sTold by Dianne Nichols
6. 4th of July on Courthouse Yard in the 50sTold by Dianne Nichols