Presented by the Laurens County Historical Society, Dublin, Georgia. For questions and information, please contact Scott B. Thompson, Sr. at dublinhistory@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

CAPT. HARDY B. SMITH HOUSE MARKER DEDICATION

Dedication of Historical Marker
Captain Hardy B. Smith House
Dublin, Georgia


On the afternoon of April 26, 2009, a historical marker was dedicated in the yard of the Captain Hardy B. Smith House on West Jackson Street in Dublin, Georgia. The two-sided embossed marker was sponsored by the Georgia Civil War Commission, The property is owned by John C. Hall, Jr., who purchased the property in October 2007 from the Capt. Hardy B. Smith House Restoration Committee, Inc., headed by its president David Moore. The western face of the marker, which features a full length likeness of Captain Smith, tells the biographical story of Laurens County's most public spirited citizens of the post Civil War era. The eastern face, which features a bust of Captain Smith, details the history of the home, which was built in the early 1870s and is Dublin's oldest home on its original site.

Among the forty people in attendance were David Moore, President of the Hardy B. Smith House Committee and the guidance force behind the saving and early restoration of the home. Also in attendance was Dublin resident, Rusty Henderson, who as a member of the Georgia Civil War Commission, aided in the acquistion of a grant to improve the historical home. Mary Jane Spivey was present to represent the U.D.C. and Scott Thompson was representing the Laurens County Historical Society.

Special guests were Lennard and Dennard Sanders, twin carpenters and World War II veterans, whose unmatchable carpentry talents contributed to the fine restoration of the old farm home. Rosa Chappell, great great granddaughter of Pvt. Bill Yopp, Co. H., 14th Georgia, was recognized for her great grandfather's outstanding contribution to the Blackshear Guards, once commanded by Captain Smith.

Steve Deal, a great great grandson of Capt. Smith, was present to represent the descendants of Captain Hardy Smith.


JOHN C. HALL, JR., OWNER OF THE HARDY
SMITH HOUSE DEDICATES THE HISTORICAL
MARKER TO THE MEMORY OF CAPT. HARDY
B. SMITH .



JOHN HALL AND RUSTY HENDERSON





WESTERN FACE OF THE MARKER




EASTERN FACE OF THE MARKER




DENNARD SANDERS, DAVID MOORE, AND
LENNARD SANDERS



JOHN HALL AND STEVE DEAL DISCUSS OLD
MEMORIES OF THE HARDY SMITH HOUSE.




JOHN HALL AND RUSTY HENDERSON
PREPARE FOR THE DEDICATION CEREMONY.




GLENN MCCORD AND JOHN HALL SALUTE
THEIR ANCESTORS IN REPLICA UNIFORMS.

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