The Burge Story (Full History):
Welcome to the Burge Story. These acres have seen American Indian settlement, subsistence farming, nineteenth century agrarian life, civil war strife and emancipation, reconstruction, tenant farming, row crops, forestry, dairy and cattle operations, hunting and organic farming. Burge has remained in the same family since 1809. Family members have been farmers, planters, preachers, architects, economists, inventors, teachers, salesmen, writers, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, homemakers, musicians, consultants, business executives, stock brokers, club managers, and preachers again –yet always with a hand in the dirt keeping the farm alive. This history is dedicated to the hope that the tradition will continue.
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* Some parts of these sections reflect the somewhat romantic and patronizing attitudes of the early 1900s; these are left as written or quoted without adjustment.
- First generation, early 1800s
Creek Indian settlement – land grants – Wiley Burge and family - early community
- Second generation, mid 1800s
Thomas Burge and family – Dolly Burge – Civil War
- Third generation, late 1800s
Sadai Burge Gray and family – tenant farming – George and Sidnie Gunn stewardship
- Fourth generation, early 1900s
Ida Gray Morehouse and family - Dorothy Gray Bolton and family – farming – Parks Grove School – collection of spirituals
- Fifth generation mid 1900s
Merritt Dutton Morehouse and family – farm managers – dairy operation
- Sixth generation late 1900s to early 2000s
Alexander Gray (Sandy) Morehouse and family – cattle and hay brokerage – Burge Club – organic farming
- Family tree and family members
- Slave times and slave families at Burge
- Civil War – experiences of Dolly Burge and of slaves Wiley and Abe Glass
- Farming early 1800s to early 1900s at Burge
- Farming early 1900s to early 2000s at Burge
- Enablers, those who have lived and worked at Burge
- Parks Grove School for African-American children at Burge early 1900s
- Farming detail by month 1850-1856 from Dolly Burge’s diary
- Excerpt from “A Bit of Rural Georgia” from American Adventures by Julian Street, 1917
A description of a visit to Burge in 1915, including information on tenant farming practices and an interview with Wiley and Abe Glass, former slaves who accompanied Sherman’s army to Washington in 1864.
- Forward by Dorothy Gray Bolton, granddaughter of Thomas and Dolly Burge, from Twenty-Six Spirituals and Folksongs arranged by L.D. Bolton II Dorothy Gray Bolton’s reflections on collecting Burge spirituals, early 1900s. For more information on Dorothy Gray Bolton see Fourth Generation panel.
- Old family story of Wiley and Tom Burge lost in the Burge woods in 1840