Historical Society program to feature local plantation owner
Grady County Historical Society members and guests will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 12, at the Cairo City Council Chamber in the Roddenbery Building with Randy Rhea, owner of historic Susina Plantation, as featured speaker.
Rhea will present a program entitled “Susina: Did You Know That…?” He recently made the same presentation to the Thomas County Historical Society in Thomasville.
Originally known as Cedar Grove Plantation, it was renamed Susina, which is Italian for plum, by Dr. John T. Metcalfe.
Rhea will share information from the personal papers of Thomas Edward Blackshear and the will of James Joseph Blackshear, owner of the plantation from 1844 to 1858. The papers and will include some fascinating facts about Cedar Grove.
He will also share some historic photographs from the Mason family collection that date to the late 19th century. The Masons were long time owners of Susina.
If you missed the presentation at the Thomas County Historical Meeting, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear of the history of Susina. All members and friends of the Historical Society are encouraged to come and bring a friend to hear this interesting program.