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Erik Gallman

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Erik Gallman, 2009

Erik Gallman owned Fiddleheads Garden Center in Dalton, Georgia. He was a native of Murray County, Georgia and a former educator. Gallman had also served as Executive Secretary (Director) of Whitfield-Murray Historical Society (2009 article). While serving as director, he put his unique talents to work at renovating the old Crown Gardens and Archives building in Dalton, Georgia, repairing floors, solving water and flood problems, tearing out partitions to reveal the original old architecture of the building, adding special molding to the ceilings, and even hand-painting details on the old vault. Gallman was a history buff, with a special interest in the old community of Halls Chapel in Murray County, Georgia. In 2008, he had organized a school reunion for the old Hall's Chapel school that closed in 1954. He was also an artist, who had painted some of the historic buildings of Murray County. He loved gardening, and had operated the family-owned Cohutta Springs Greenhouse before opening Fiddleheads. Gallman served on some local boards, including the newly formed Go Murray Arts center.

Gallman was well-loved and respected locally. He was known for his quick wit and ready sense of humor. Gallman was a graduate of Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia. He had a Bachelor of Science Education from Kennesaw College. Gallman taught eighth grade at Bagley Middle School for two years, beginning there in 2003, just after the new building opened at Franklin's Crossing (corner of Hwy. 225 and Hwy 286, Murray County).

Erik Gallman died on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Photos: Erik Gallman: floor repairs at archives . . . Erik Gallman and Marcelle White

Articles: "Paintings capture Murray's past," Chattanooga Times-Free Press
"Meet Erik Gallman," Daily Citizen

Facebook References: Fiddleheads Fan Page . . . Fiddleheads Open Group

Article re-written February 2013. Also see article of March 2009: Erik Gallman Appointed Executive Secretary of Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.