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  Henry County has been growing so much lately that some places are becoming unrecognizable. In an effort to preserve some of the history of our community, The Times is displaying photos of Henry County from the past. If you can name the persons or place shown above, write us at and tell us about it. In the next edition, we’ll reveal the location of the picture and notes readers send us. Photo courtesy of Henry/Clayton Genealogical Society. Visit the Genealogical Society at 71 Macon Street (in the Brown House) in McDonough Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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  A special thanks to Charles Harris who sent this photo in for help in identifying the object. He originally sent it to Henry County Libraries and it stumped their reference librarians. It was posted on their Facebook page and had several guesses but no definitive answer. Here are the facts according to Kathy Pillatzki, Assistant Director of the Henry County Library System.

  “It was found Northeast of Atlanta by a Civil War historian. It is round, about 2 inches in diameter and about 1/3 inch thick. It is made of stamped metal. The words at the top say, “SPRINGFIELD LODGE #14.” The bottom says, “FLIPPEN, GA.” The middle says “P. B. & S. OF LIGHT.” There are two holes drilled through it, and no markings on the back. The person who found it believes it may be a decorative rosette from a horse bridle.”  

  Gene Morris, County Historian, gave us his best guess. “There was a lodge of some sort behind Springfield Baptist Church. The church is still an active African American congregation at the corner of Hwy. 155 and Campground Road. The old church, school and lodge buildings were destroyed by the Christmas Eve tornado in 1964 and rebuilt. This may be a membership button or token from that lodge. That's my best guess.”

  If anyone has any other information on this mystery object, please call the Times at 770-957-6314.

Have a picture of Henry County as it was? Send it to us at or 35 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA. 30253. All pictures will be handled carefully and returned to owner.



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