Let’s Make History

What does the phrase “make history” mean?

To do something that is remembered or influences the course of history and to do something important that has not been done before. North GA Mountains History Center wants to encourage and inspire people to make new history. What will generations to come remember about us? NGMHC will design programs to promote achieving and excelling in our schools, organizations, and businesses.

What is a trailblazer?

NGMHC defines trailblazer as a person who is the first to accomplish something that has not been accomplished by many or anyone before. They may be a pioneer in their industry or field, an innovator, an inventor, or unique from all others before them. They have qualities to aspire to create change, lead, or open doors for others to follow. They are willing to take risks and are mission driven. It takes courage to be a trailblazer. They know that there will be failures but it motivates them to press forward.

Who are the trailblazers from Pickens?

Mike Holcomb

Mike Holcomb is a Southern Gospel bass singer, best known for his forty plus years of work with The Inspirations. Holcomb was born in Pickens CountyGeorgia, on February 2, 1954, to Alfred Carl Holcomb Jr. and Sarah Piccola Padgett. He began singing at the age of 4 in church.[2] He attended Tate Elementary School grades 1–5 and then moved to Jasper, Georgia, where he attended the Jasper Elementary School in the 6th grade and Talking Rock Elementary in the 7th grade.[2] Holcomb was saved on Wednesday, July 22, 1964, at Price Creek Baptist Church.[2] He then attended Pickens County High School from the 8th grade through to the 12th grade and graduated from high school in 1972.

Claude Adkins

Claude Aubrey Akins (May 25, 1926 – January 27, 1994) was an American character actor with a long career on stage, screen, and television. He was best known as Sheriff Lobo on the 1979–1981 television series B. J. and the Bear, and later The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, a spin-off series.

As a film actor, Akins first appeared in From Here to Eternity (1953). He appeared as a seaman and shipmate of Lee Marvin‘s in The Caine Mutiny (1954). He portrayed prisoner Joe Burdette in Rio Bravo (starring John WayneRicky NelsonDean Martin, and Angie Dickinson), Naval Lt. Commander Farber in Don’t Give Up the Ship (starring Jerry Lewis), Sgt Kolowicz in Merrill’s Marauders, Rockwell W. “Rocky” Rockman in The Devil’s Brigadethe Reverend Jeremiah Brown in the movie Inherit the Wind (1960), outlaw Ben Lane in Comanche Station that same year, Seely Jones in A Distant Trumpet (1964), and the gorilla leader Aldo in Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), the last original Apes movie.

Akins was born in Nelson, Georgia, and grew up in Bedford, Indiana, the son of Maude and Ernest Akins.

John Bozeman

John Merin Bozeman (January 1835 – April 20, 1867) was a pioneer and frontiersman in the American West who helped establish the Bozeman Trail through Wyoming Territory into the gold fields of southwestern Montana Territory in the early 1860s. He helped found the city of Bozeman, Montana in 1864, which is named for him. Bozeman was born in Pickens County, Georgia in January 1835[2] to William and Delila Sims Bozeman.[3]

Chandler Smith
Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith Sr. is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Kaulig Racing. Born in Talking Rock in 2002. Graduated from Pickens High School in 2020.

Becky Denney

Becky Denney is the first and only woman elected for commissioner in Pickens County. She won the eastern county district commissioner election in 2012. She’s a Pickens native, an ex-State Farm agent for more than fiften years and a business owner for thirty-five years.

Marsha Mann

Marsha Mann, owner and General Manager of The Tate House. In January 2001, the estate was purchased by Holbrook Properties, LP. Lois Holbrook and Marsha Mann.

This North Georgia wedding venue features the 19,000 square foot mansion and 4,000 square foot formal ballroom. It is an excellent example of the “second renaissance revival style,” which is an adaptation of Italian and English classical styles.

The Tate House is listed as the Pink Palace in the National Register of Historic Places, making it the perfect destination for your Georgia historic home wedding. Built as a private estate home by Colonel Sam Tate, land baron, philanthropist and business tycoon in 1926, it is now known and loved as an Atlanta Area Wedding Venue.

Jessi Griffin

Jessi Griffin resides in Jasper Georgia and is a North Georgia native who was born in September 2002. Jessi is a part of Team USA with the Jr. National World Travel Team and the Jr. National Team for International Olympic style skeet. She competes in competitions around the country and has won numerous titles. Some of those include 2021 Jr. Olympic Women’s National Champion, 2021 Jr. National Women’s Silver, 2022 Jr. National Women’s Bronze, 2023 Jr. Team Selection Women’s Gold. She is sponsored by the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club, and is also apart of Team Perazzi , which is a known brand of high end guns made custom in Italy. Summer 2023 Jessi will be traveling with her team to Suhl, Germany and Changwon, South Korea to compete in the World Championship and World Cup, along with countries from around the world.

Chase Kemp

Captain Chase Kemp, a 2013 graduate of Pickens High School, took command of the “Elk” Company, 6th Brigade Combat Team in the 11th Artic Airborne Division, (Artic Angels) in Anchorage, Alaska in February 2023. The 11th Airborne is the only Artic Airborne Infantry Division in the US Army & the 6th Bridgage Engineer Battalion is the only Artic Engineer Battalion in the US Army in the world’s demanding terrain.

Elk Company challenging mission of maintaining seven companies with over 700 paratroopers and a fleet of over 1,000 pieces of equipment.

Are you the next trailblazer?

If you believe that you’re a trailblazer or you want to nominate someone that is, send us an email and share your story or information on who you are nominating to northgamountainshistory@gmail.com.