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Eric Gallman, left, goes over original plans from 1921 for a refurbishment of the building with Ethan Calhoun at the Crown Garden and Archives Wednesday afternoon. Matt Hamilton/The Daily Citizen

History buffs can get a glimpse of the renovations under way at the Crown Gardens and Archives this Friday and Saturday.

“We are calling it a sneak peek. People can come through and see what we have finished and what is left to be done,” said Erik Gallman, executive secretary of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, which owns the archives at 715 Chattanooga Avenue in Dalton.

The preview will take place on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited.

For the past year and a half, the building has been getting an overhaul, which is expected to be finished in November. The building is being rewired, and its plumbing is being upgraded.

“We found a blueprint from a 1921 renovation, and we are trying to take it back to the 1920s layout as much as we can,” Gallman said.

“We’ll have before-and-after pictures, with descriptions of what we have done in each room and what we still have to do,” he said. “We’ll also give folks an opportunity to sponsor various improvements. If they want to buy a light fixture, for instance, they can do that.”

Gallman said the society has come up with a donor program called the Crown Jewel project to help defray the cost of the work at the building.

“Anybody who gives $250 or more, they have the option of making the donation in memory or honor of somebody, and we’ll engrave that name on a brass plaque that will be displayed permanently in the archives,” he said.

The society also owns the nearby Hamilton House, Dalton’s oldest brick home. It, too, is being renovated. Gallman said it will not be open but the society will have some photographs that will show the work being done there.

For more information call Gallman at (706) 278-0217 or e-mail


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