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Near Blairsville in Union County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Byron Herbert Reece

(1917-1958)

 
 
Byron Herbert Reece Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
1. Byron Herbert Reece Marker
Inscription. Renowned Appalachian poet, novelist, and farmer, Byron Herbert Reece lived most of his life near this site. Here he composed, to critical acclaim, four volumes of poetry and two novels, Better a Dinner of Herbs and The Hawk and the Sun. Reece was a five-time recipient of the Georgia Writers Associationís literary achievement award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Bow Down in Jericho. He served as poet-in-residence at the University of California at Los Angeles, Emory University, and Young Harris College. Suffering from tuberculosis, Reece took his own life three months before his forty-first birthday. He is buried in Old Union Cemetery near Young Harris.
 
Erected 2006 by Georgia Historical Society, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, Union County Government, Union County Historical Society, and Young Harris College. (Marker Number 144-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 46.862′ N, 83° 54.581′ W. Marker is near Blairsville, Georgia, in Union County. Marker is on Gainesville Highway (U.S. 19/129) 0.8 miles north of Georgia Route 180, on the left when traveling north. Click for map
Byron Herbert Reece Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
2. Byron Herbert Reece Marker
Looking north on US Highway 19/129 toward Blairsville
. Marker is in this post office area: Blairsville GA 30512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blood Mountain (approx. 3.2 miles away); Union County (approx. 7.1 miles away); Track Rock Gap (approx. 7.3 miles away); Brasstown Bald (approx. 8.5 miles away); Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown (approx. 8.9 miles away); Trackrock Gap (approx. 9.3 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Brasstown Bald (approx. 9.3 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Brasstown Bald (approx. 10.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blairsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Byron Herbert Reece. The New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Reece. (Submitted on July 30, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Biography of Reece. (Submitted on July 30, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Reece Society. Has a great deal of information about Reece. (Submitted on July 30, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
Byron Herbert Reece Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
3. Byron Herbert Reece Marker
Looking south on US 19/129 toward Blood Mountain and the Byron Herbert Reece Access Trail, which leads to the Appalachian Trail.
Byron Herbert Reece Home Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
4. Byron Herbert Reece Home
The Reece Home, where Reece lived with his parents, is being restored by the Byron Herbert Reece Society as a Visitors' Center.
Byron Herbert Reece Home Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
5. Byron Herbert Reece Home
The rear of the Reece Home, facing US Highway 19/129
Byron Herbert Reece Home Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
6. Byron Herbert Reece Home
The barn and corncrib at the Byron Herbert Reece home.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 904 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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