Begun in 1999 with a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, the Carroll County Rural Heritage Project involved UWG students and faculty and Carrollton Junior High students who conducted oral histories to document the life on cotton farms, in the cotton mills, and in the small communities that once dotted this landscape. During that first year, we conducted over 100 interviews. In addition, students documented historic farm and mill structures around the county. In the fall of 1999, university faculty and students developed an exhibit of photographs and oral history stories at the Carrollton Community Activities Center, along with a five-week schedule of programs for seniors, school children, and the general public.
The oral history project has continued to grow over the next few years, thanks to our partnership with Carrollton Junior High School students. Now, we have over 700 interviews about life in Carroll County. All of these interviews are housed in the Center for Public History Archives on the ground floor of Ingram Library and are available for researchers to use. The exhibit is also available to travel to locations around Carroll County. Please contact the Center for Public History for more information.