Dan Roper spoke to the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association at its February meeting. Roper is the owner, editor and publisher of Georgia Backroads. He searches for the small story within the larger history.
Roper earned his law degree from the University of Georgia and began his legal career with Smith, Shaw and Maddox, where he became a partner in 1992. His articles and photo essays have been featured in North Georgia Journal and Georgia Backroads magazines for many years.
He was awarded the Magazine Association of Georgia’s Best Series award for his “Vanishing Georgia” articles and the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Medal. He is a past director of the Rome History Museum.
Roper told a story about the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center, which is nine miles south of Blairsville on Ga. 129. Reece produced an enduring body of poetry and fiction from the sounds and spirits of his North Georgia homeland.