Let's Go to the Tate Day Festival This Saturday
Saturday, November 5th from 9 am to 5 pm


Let's Go to the Tate Day Festival This Saturday
Downtown Tate, Georgia

Note: There will not be Motorcar Rides available this year since new ownership of the railroad.

Arts and Crafts Vendors inside the Tate Depot
Arts and Crafts Vendors inside the Tate Depot

Old Tate Gym
Old Tate Gym

Marble Quarry Tours
Marble Quarry Tours

11/5/2016 ~ by Lawton Baggs

The annual Tate Day Festival, in the historic Tate Community, is only a few days away. Marble Valley Friends, the historic preservation organization headquartered in the Old Tate Gym, extends an open invitation to everyone to enjoy the day on November 5th.

The day is dedicated to "Remembering the Past... Looking to the Future." It presents a collage of events and remembrances that are family friendly and affordable.

The annual event held on the first Saturday of November was established by Proclamation of the Sole County Commissioner signed in 2006 in recognition of the historic significance of the arrival of the railroad in the area. The event opened commercial opportunities, especially in the marble industry, previously unavailable.

All events are centered within the Tate Community. Some are around the renovated Old Tate Depot; some in the Old Tate Gym; some in the Tate Marble School; and some involve tours with in the area. The tours include the Georgia Marble quarries, the Tate House, and Tate Elementary School.


9 am - 5 pm ~ Arts & Crafts at Tate Depot

9 am - 5 pm ~ Traditional Crafts & Skills Demonstrations

9 am - 1 pm ~ Yard Sale, Children's Activities, Hot Dog Lunch

10 am ~ Parade with Grand Marshal Rob Jones, Chairman of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners

10:30 am - Spotlighting Churches on Downtown Stage

11 am - 3 pm ~ Tate House Tours - $5 charge

11 am - 3 pm ~ Marble Quarry Tours (leave from Across the Street from Tate Fire Station) - $5 charge

11 am - 3 pm ~ Entertainment on Downtown Stage

11 am - 1:30 pm ~ BBQ Lunch at Old Tate Gym

11 am - 2 pm ~ Mini Class Reunions

11 am - 2 pm ~ Cake Bake Off

11:45 am ~ Memorial for friends who have passed away at the Old Tate Gym

1 - 3 pm ~ Tate Elementary School Tours

3 pm ~ Raffle Drawings: Bird House & Table Cloth

Below is more detail on the activities.

Following the parade, a new feature of Tate Day will begin - recognition of an area church. In appreciation of the viable contributions of religious faith in the Tate Community through its history, MVF will feature one church, beginning with its year of origin, each year. Because of its 1840 constituting, Cool Springs Baptist will be the spotlighted church in 2016. The recognition event will occur at the stage area just east of South Station Street easily accessible from the depot.

Penny Davis has again brought together a variety of Arts and Crafts vendors occupying spaces inside or near the depot. More than twenty booths are expected to offer a large selection of appealing and seasonal merchandise.

The Amicalola Garden Club, celebrating its 82nd birthday this month, will sell raffle tickets for two prizes: a birdhouse shaped like and carrying the name of Tate High School, and a hand crocheted table cloth. The table cloth was prepared by Janice Christian, a member of both MVF and Amicalola Garden Club. Mrs. Christian worked about one and a half years on this keepsake-quality item. Monies raised will help fund the organization's many community improvement projects.

A photo contest on the many uses of marble in Pickens County, coordinated by George Armstrong, will be on display in the depot for viewing.

Michael Morris is coordinating the entertainment during the day including Cole 'Little E' Posey, Angel Spirit, The Jones Family, Steven Darnell and The High Country Band.

A major tour attraction is the open pit quarries of the Polycor Georgia Marble Company. A van will shuttle visitors from 'downtown' Tate (Vacant area south of Hwy. 53 and east of the highway towards Nelson) to the quarries and back. The marble quarry tours are coordinated by Tammy Morris, Kenneth Kincaid, a veteran employee of Polycor Georgia Marble, provides commentary and explanations at the open pit site.

A second tour of great appeal provides interior and exterior viewing of the Pink Marble Tate House. The house was originally built as a residence for Colonel Sam Tate and two of his siblings. In recent years, the beautiful acreage has been restored and operated as a Special Events Venue. Marble Valley Friends member Myrna Denson coordinates this pleasurable activity.

Another featured tour is of the Tate Marble School. This school, the only marble school in America, was constructed in the 1920's with materials and labor supplied by the Georgia Marble Company. For many years the school housed first through twelfth grades. It also served the community as a movie theater and gathering place. Veteran Tate Educator Lisa Barnett will conduct the inside walking tour.

Plan to be in historic Tate on November 5, 2016.