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The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society meets on the 3rd. Sunday of each month at 3 p.m.  Meetings alternate monthly between the towns of Charleston and Calhoun and are announced in advance via local newspapers, email, and this website. 

Listed below are brief summaries of previous meetings...

Aug. 16th. at the historic Varnell House on Bates Bend Farm, Charleston, TN.  The designated century old farm was toured by members and guests of the historical society.  Descendants of the Varnell family were present to tell about growing up on the River Farm.  The farm has one mile of Hiwassee River front property and was the site of both Cherokee and pre-Cherokee civilizations. 

July 18th. at the United Methodist Pavilion, Calhoun, TN.    Cindy Milligan of the Southeast Tourism Association and Paul Shambeau of the Southeast Development Association presented a program on securing upcoming grants for brochure publication and acquisition of designated historical properties. 

May 17th. at the Historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Charleston, TN.  A tour of the recently restored Civil War Church was conducted and programs relating to the history of the church and Presbyterian minister, Gideon Blackburn were presented.

April 19th. at Historic Rattlesnake Springs, Charleston, TN.  A tour of the council springs and surrounding farm was conducted by John Moore, current owner.  Jack Baker, National Trail of Tears Association presented a program on Rattlesnake Springs and the the surrounding Fort Cass area.

March 15th. at Charleston Elementary School, Charleston, TN.  Programs presented by Barbara Duncan of the Cherokee Indian Museum and Shirley Oswald, teacher of the Cherokee Language. 

February 15th. at  Calhoun United Methodist Church, Calhoun, TN.  Program presented by Lyn Fox on the upcoming celebration of Governor Joseph McMinn's birthday and the founding of McMinn County.  The historical society scanned public documents of interest on this day.

January 18th. at Charleston United Methodist Church, Charleston, TN.  Brian Reed, history professor at Cleveland State Community College, presented a progam on the Civil War...Battle of Charleston, TN.  David Swafford also spoke to the group about his current work of documenting the movie, Wild River", filmed in 1960 in Charleston.

December...1st. Annual Historic Christmas Tour of Homes.  Featured the Ross House, The Albritton House, The Saulpaw Mansion and the Calhoun United Methodist Church Sanctuary.

November 16th. at Calhoun United Methodist Church.  Joe Bryan presented a presentation on the history of the church and its important role in the history of Calhoun.

October 19th. at Charleston City Park.  Lugh Lemly presented an overview of the Wilson Farm on Walker Valley Road and its importance in the Cherokee and Civil War history of the area.

August 17th. at Charleston City Hall.  Lee Curtis of the TN. Dept. of Tourism Development, spoke on the Civil War Trails and Gateway markers.  Mary Ann Peckham, executive director of the Tennessee Civil War Association, spoke on the upcoming Civil War recognition programs.

July 18th.  at Calhoun City Hall.  A tour of the Historic Shiloh Cemetery and the site of the Cherokee Indian Mission was conducted. 

May 18th. at Charleston City Hall.  Work session on the bylaws for the association for the purpose of obtaining 501C certification.