Polk County Historian Marian Presswood will be the featured speaker for the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society regular monthly meeting Sunday.
Presswood will be sharing information about the history of the old town of Columbus which was located in the Linsdale community of Polk County and was the first county seat.
In 1809, John Hildebrand was send by the government to build a grist mill for the Cherokees who lived in the numerous towns along the Hiwassee River, and a thriving little town sprang up around it.
The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the community room of the Calhoun United Methodist church located on Highway 163 (Bowater Road).
Presswood, the official Polk County historian since 1993, is a retired educator of 30 years, the past president of the Polk County Retired Teachers' Association and president of the nearly 400-member Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society that she reorganized in 1995. She has volunteered four days for the past 14 years at the genealogy library she established in 1997, and also serves as librarian.
She is a graduate of Polk County High School, Cleveland State Community College and Lee University. She earned a master’s degree in education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with 65 hours above the masters and was accepted in the doctoral program at UT-Knoxville.
Presswood was committee chair of the heritage book committee that collected more than 700 family stories for their book in 1997. She has written and edited for several book projects and had edited her society's award-wining newsletter since she established it in 1995. Her articles have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines, the latest being published in Ancestry and in a Southern California Genealogical Society's publication.
Active in the Chamber of Commerce and several Heritage organizations, she has held offices in the Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was the 2011 winner of the Tennessee UDC essay contest on East Tennessee Soldiers.
As a member of the FindAGrave.com community, she and her husband, James, have added more than 3,200 pictures of local grave markers to that website in just the past two years.
Presswood is the first inductee into the Polk County High School Alumni Hall of Fame and was the 2007 recipient of the East Tennessee Historical Society's prestigious Ramsey Lifetime Achievement Award.
She and James have two daughters and four grandchildren.
The CCH Historical Society meets each month on the third Sunday at 3 p.m.
Membership is only $10 per year and comes with special discounts at the group’s events throughout the year. The 2010 fees are due now. Anyone interested in membership or receiving emails regarding meetings or activities, please contact Darlene Goins at 336-2763 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Faye Callaway at 336-5694.