Monday, October 31, 2016

Reflections of Northeast Georgia: A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr

[S. Bennett Whipple submitted the following to the Whipple Website on September 29, 2016]

Dust jacket of Barbara's book.
Barbara J. Whipple became heir in the early 1990s to the papers and photographs of her great grandfather Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. Possessing a box Kodak and a lawyer’s penchant for taking detailed notes, he traveled the country with his wife and family at the turn of the 20th Century.  One such trip was a four-month hiatus from his law practice to the Northeast Georgia Mountains to escape the heat of their South Georgia home in Cordele.

His photographs in and around their summer home in Clarkesville were so remarkable for their clarity and his diary so descriptive, that she got the idea of publishing a book about his family’s 1903 summer adventure. In preparation, she spent a couple of years on trips to the area, following in the footsteps of their travels around Northeast Georgia, photographing sites as it looks now to add to the book.

Picture postcard of "Uncle Uly's" early residence

The result, a hardback publication of 165 pages titled, “Reflections of Northeast Georgia,” with the subtitle, “A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr.” The first printing was for a modest 500 copies in 1997. To date, after many printings in hard back and paper back, the book has sold 100,000 copies mainly to tourist visiting the North Georgia Mountains.  

Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. is in the Whipple Genweb at, and in the Whipple Database at S. Bennett Whipple has written a biography, which is posted on the Whipple Website.

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