Kingston Then and Now
Kingston Then and Now is designed to be a self-guided tour to the more than 20 significant historic sites in and near Kingston, GA.
This website and the accompanying text will help you to find the sites where the events occurred. Our book, "Kingston Then and Now" which is more than 150 pages in length has greater details about each person and event. The focus is on the events which occurred during the Civil War and their lasting impact on the town of Kingston and its people.
Several first hand accounts of the War in Kingston are available:
Country Life in Georgia In The Days Of My Youth by Rebecca Latimer Felton. Her husband served as pastor of the Methodist Church in Kingston
In and Out of the Lines by Frances Thomas Howard. Her father's place was at Spring Bank.
Daring and Suffering is the story of the Great Locomotive Chase as told by one of the raiders, William Pittinger
Post War, a number of other significant authors and pastors called Kingston home:
Clement Evans. Lt. General in the War, afterwards pastor of Kingston Methodist Church, author of Military History of Georgia, Cyclopedia of Georgia with Allen D. Candler and was the author/editor of the 13 volume set, Confederate Military History.
Rev. Charles Wallace Howard. Captain in the GA 63rd Infantry Regiment. Owner of Spring Bank. Authored a number of books on agriculture after the war. More than a dozen titles are listed in Worldcat.
Charles Henry Smith (AKA Bill Arp) served as a Major in the Georgia 8th Infantry Regiment. After the war he lived in Rome for awhile, then on a farm between Kingston and Cartersville. In his later years he moved to Cartersville.