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Hampton Park promoting poultry past
Collages on display at library

Forsyth County may be growing rapidly, but one library is showing a glimpse of when it was less crowded, for people at least.

The Hampton Park Library in north Forsyth has put up a photo collage display celebrating the history of the poultry industry in Forsyth County, starting in the 1940s.

“We met with a number of members of the committee that have lived in Forsyth County for a long, long time and they talked about how in the 1940s and 1950s Forsyth County was very poor before that,” Branch Manager Ross Gericke said.

Gericke said that the jobs brought in by the industry began the transformation to what the county is today.

“The poultry industry was the first major national industry to move into Forsyth County,” he said. “For many people it was the first time that they had a stable job or money to speak of. Before that, you basically left Forsyth County for everything; you went to Gainesville or Atlanta.

“It gave people a reason to stay in Forsyth County and put us on the map long before [Ga.] 400.”

The display, which is made up of two large collages, was created by local artist Bryan White and features vintage receipts and letterheads and photos of businesses and people in the industry.

The project was done with help from area residents and poultry businesses that still operate in the county and was supported by a grant from the Forsyth County Arts Alliance Fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation. The Historical Society of Forsyth County was also active in the process.

Hampton Park Library is located at 5345 Settingdown Road.