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Storyteller Revealed

A Conversation with Lake Burton's Leading Author

by Kathleen Stevens Whaley

Novelist Mike Maffett will tell you anything you’d ever hope to know about the history of Lake Burton, the upper Tallulah River, every hike within a 30 mile radius of Clayton, Georgia, and his wife’s middle name.  But don’t ask him the title of his upcoming book.  It’s a secret.

For three long years, Maffett has tasked himself with penning a 65,000 word manuscript chronicling the rich history of Lake Burton, one of Georgia’s most beloved lakes.  In addition to the creative writing, Maffett has painstakingly gathered countless exhibits of personal testimony, maps, charts and vintage photographs for inclusion in the hardback.  For those unfamiliar with the lake, this means very little.  But for others who’ve summered on her shoreline since childhood, or discovered Burton’s pristine emerald waters along life’s journey, Maffett’s book can only be referred to as a long awaited gift to her disciples.  To Lake Burton’s faithful, there’s no place on earth equaling her mystic pull.

Plenty of literature has been written about Georgia, North Georgia adventures, the Appalachian Trail, Rabun County and other neighboring lakes.  But Maffett’s book is a first.  Its pages will concentrate solely on Lake Burton’s history, physicality, her people, and the greater legacy to America’s Southeast at large.  Full Article . . .

28th Annual LBCA
Golf Tournament

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Lake Burton Civic Association will host its 28th Annual Golf Tournament at Waterfall Club on Friday, July 26, 2019.  There will be prizes for the top foursomes in each flight.  As you are aware, proceeds from this annual fund-raiser are distributed to the three volunteer fire departments that protect our lake properties and other Rabun County charities.  With the funding provided by LBCA and the hard work of the dedicated volunteer firemen, improvements in equipment and operations have resulted in an improved rating for our fire departments which reduces the cost of homeowners insurance.  Even if you aren’t a golfer, we encourage you to support this event as a contributor.

Get full details here:  LBCA Golf Tournament 

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Lake Burton Civic
Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 1988
Clayton, Georgia  30525

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