Georgia Magazine - October 2011 - (Page 30)

Clayton on canvas By Jane D. Craft F or most, it seems that periods of nostalgia seemingly grow sweeter with time. Or perhaps it just seems that way as those less-thansweet memories are, thankfully, forgotten. The painting hanging on the wall in “Jane’s Room” (so named by my hubby, Asbury) is testimony to this walk down memory lane. Local artist Broderick Crawford’s exquisite depiction of Main Street in Clayton in the 1950s is where my most vivid and sweetest recollections begin. Barely visible in this painting stands a sign advertising the Duncan Motel on Hiawassee Street. That motel bore the distinction of hosting such celebrities as Walt Disney, Fess Parker and Jeffrey Hunter during the filming of “The Great Locomotive Chase” in the mid-1950s. My maiden name being Duncan explains the significance of this memory as my parents, William and Mae Duncan, were the owners and operators of said motel for some 25 years. As my eyes are drawn southward along Main Street, each building elicits fond memories of the people it represents. Several generations later, many still bear the original owner’s name; held intact for posterity. Typical small-town Georgia. The ’50s in Clayton inaugurated football frenzy! Motorcades, miles long with red and white streamers flying and car horns blaring made the Rabun County Wildcats, along with Coach Frank Snyder’s inimitable presence, known as they made their way GEORGIA MAGAZINE 30 More online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2011

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011