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McLane massacre revisted at historical society special event

By Cheri Harris

Visitors had the opportunity to explore local history when the West Gadsden Historical Society flung open the Dezell House for a special open house event July 4 in Greensboro.


Larry Edward and his son, McLane, were among the visitors. Edward has a close connection with the subject of one of the displays. He said his great-great-great-grandfather was John K. McLane, who 20 years old when he killed an Indian chief’s son in the aftermath of what is known as the McLane Massacre of 1840, when Creek warriors killed McLane’s mother and sister and two younger siblings during the Creek War.

Lamar Clark, a WGHS member along with his wife, Jane, who is the group’s vice president, spent time showing visitors around the displays, especially the one dedicated to medical practitioners active in Gadsden County before 1965.

Maria Fenn came to the open house with her mother, Lassie Williams, and her husband, Sam Fenn. They live in Crawfordville.

“I love this little town,” Mrs. Fenn said.

WGHS purchased the Dezell House in Oct 2004, just four months after it was founded in June. Mrs. Clark said the house is now at the point where all the rooms are finished with period furnishings and other artifacts.

In addition to browsing through the rooms, visitors also had the opportunity to buy seafood lunches and find something sweet at a bake sale.