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Is the 'Westville Magic' gone?

From the April 10, 2013 issue of The Journal
When Historic Westville hosts an informational meeting addressing its ongoing operations at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Stewart County Elementary School, a clear picture of the future probably will not emerge. The meeting is open to the public. It will likely shed light on the possible intent of the Westville Board of Trustees and may prompt protests from locals.
History is one of Georgia’s most alluring tourism banners and Westville Village has functioned as a de facto time machine in Stewart Co. since the late 1960s. Life in the rural south before and during the Civil War is resurrected every day at the living history museum just outside Lumpkin.

There is nothing like the threat of taking something away from people that will stir emotions in every corner. Controversy and rumor have surrounded Westville for several years. Will it go, or will it stay? Stone Mountain may want it, but Columbus is a likelier destination if a decision to move it is made. That decision is probably not impending since the cost for relocating and reestablishing the village is estimated to be as high as $10 million.
Independent groups and former volunteers have vilified the management and the board during the past few years amid plummeting attendance. It only stands to reason that they ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.