As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 21, 1965:
Winfield a finalist
Georgia's "Stay and See" program enters its final stages this week as three travel authorities begin a five-day judging tour of 13 Georgia communities to determine which one will be designated the 1965 "Stay and See Georgia Champion."
The Winfield community of Columbia County was named last week as a semifinalist in population V (under 250), competing against Crawfordville for the title in this division.
Although Winfield is the smallest town making the semifinals, it has probably put as much effort into its planning as any town to reach this milestone. More than $14,800 has been spent to improve the public buildings in the community.
Winfield's entry into the contest was sponsored by the Winfield Home Demonstration Club, Mrs. A.B. Thomas, president.
The Stay and See Committee was headed by Mrs. Albert Dozier, with Mrs. Byron Maguire, Mrs. Lloyd Paschal, Mrs. H.E. Bullard and Mrs. Talmadge Thomas, committee members.
Mrs. Dozier said the judges will be shown several points of interest: Mistletoe State Park, where construction is just beginning; Rousseau Springs, famous for its mineral water; Happy Valley, homesite and burial place of Basil Neal, Revolutionary War soldier and his son, Basil Llewellyn Neal, Confederate soldier; Rose Hill, home of Ignatius Few, founder of Emory University; Pecan Grove Farm, site of the home of William Few, signer of the U.S. Constitution; Woodville, built in 1814 of timber sawed by hand; Cedarville, built in 1858 upon a land grant from King George III, and Winfield Hills.
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