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2PM - 5PM
except December - February
and Easter Sunday
Additional Hours by appointment
Marble Valley Historical Society, Inc.
No. Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143
Under the direction of the late Tom Quinton, educator, in 1975 the cabin was constructed from logs that had been used in the original log cabin of Stephen and Mary Mann Kirby on the Old Federal Road about two miles south of Jasper. Mr. Quinton frequently used the cabin in instructing Pickens County students about their mountain heritage.
When the secession of the Southern States became imminent, Stephen Kirby was residing in the area of Spartenburg, South Carolina with his wife and several adult or near adult children. Concerned for his family and slaves, Kirby decided to move to the remote area of North Georgia. However, his wife and children elected to remain in South Carolina. Bringing the slaves who chose to join him, Stephen Kirby packed up possessions and moved into the area of Pickens County in 1862. Neighbors of Mr. Kirby included the Mann family. On October 3, 1869, Stephen married Mary Mann, after divorcing his wife in South Carolina. Mary was 33 years his junior. They resided on "Dun Bean Hill" and raised Mr. Kirby's second family. Stephen Kirby and Mary Mann Kirby were buried in the city cemetery near Jasper United Methodist Church.
Stephen Kirby, a successful farmer and large landholder in the county, was active in civic affairs and donated land for the first school in Jasper - Kirby Academy. He also made a large contribution to the construction of the Methodist church in Jasper.
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