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Toccoa in Stephens County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

George Washington Hitt

1913-1958

 

—Artist, Humanitarian, Philosopher —

 
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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
1. George Washington Hitt Marker
Inscription. “An unforgettable personality whose courage shone with such crystal brilliance as to brighten the world about him and uplift the spirits of those even more fortunate, but not fashioned of such heroic fibre. His is a name to remember when the going gets tough and the seductive voices of defeat sing their siren song.” -- Rogers, The Atlanta Journal.

Born March 31, 1913, his life was spent in Toccoa. Despite crippling rheumatoid arthritis, he led an active, creative life as an internationally known silhouette artist, reporter and technical writer. His philosophy was “No person is handicapped unless he perceives himself to be.” He received the Army-Navy E Award in 1945, the same year the U.S. Dept. of State distributed the story of his life abroad. In 1954 he received the national Who’s Crippled Award. His delicate silhouettes depicted people and events, but his most beautiful were of nature. His feeling for composition and sensitivity in artistic portrayal ranked him among the foremost silhouette artists of his day.
 
Erected 1984 by Stephens County Historical Society and Friends of George Hitt.
 
Location. 34° 35.561′ N, 83° 20.002′ W. Marker is in Toccoa, Georgia, in Stephens County
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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
2. George Washington Hitt Marker
. Marker can be reached from Henderson Falls Road one mile north of Toccoa Falls Road (Georgia Route 17). Click for map. The marker is located on the paved trail in the Natural Resources Study Area of Henderson Falls Park. The trail begins at the north end of the parking area, paralleling the stream in the park and passing the small Henderson Falls en route to the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Toccoa GA 30577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capt. A.H. Ramsay, C.V. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Toccoa Korean War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Toccoa City Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephens County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephen County Fallen Veterans Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephens County Revolutionary Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephens County World War I Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephens County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Toccoa.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
3. George Washington Hitt Marker
Looking south at the trail toward the parking lot
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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
4. George Washington Hitt Marker
The marker and a small covered bridge over the steam in the park
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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
5. George Washington Hitt Marker
The marker, covered bridge, and group structure seen from the trail (near the small falls after which the park is named).
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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)/New Deal Network
6. George Washington Hitt
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 9 times this year. 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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