Dam Photo Exhibit Comes to Franklin County This Weekend

Coming to Franklin  County this weekend is the traveling photo and art exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Lake Hartwell Dam.

Called  “Once Upon A Dam…A Golden Retrospective,” the exhibit opens Sunday at the Bowers House in Canon where it will stay for a week before moving on to the Swails Center in Franklin Springs.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Aida Reynolds says the theme for the unveiling Sunday is, “A Garden Party.”

Admission is by donation and Reynolds said members of the Bowers family will be on hand Sunday to meet and greet the public and give tours of the historic house.

71 framed photos selected from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and community archives along with a 350 frame DVD presentation make up the exhibit, which includes historic photos of the dam’s construction and spans the 50 years since.

After the reception on the 12th, the exhibit will remain at the Bowers House for public viewing through August 24th.

Then Reynolds said it will be moved to the Swails Center in Franklin Springs.

On Monday evening, August 27th local author and historian David Coughlin who’s writing a book on the dam, will deliver a lecture.

Visitors will be able to stop by the Swails Center through September 7th to view the photo exhibit.  After that, it will move to Pickens County.