Garden Club sets ‘A Step Back in Time’

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 10, 2011

Cletus Haning’s little house in the woods.

Special to The News

Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-4 p.m., the Greater Malakoff Garden Club is hosting a program called “A Step Back in Time,” which celebrates octogenarian Cleatus Barkley Haning’s contributions to the communities in which she’s lived and the replica of a turn-of-the-19th century house she built on her property (just west of the Malakoff High School). She has spent the last six months planning and constructing the house to teach her great grandchildren what life was “really” like without electricity or running water. She hopes they also will learn the lessons and values that the hardship and involvement with nature and fundamentals teach and the meaning of the word “necessities.”

Each person in attendance at the small house’s “unveiling,” will get an incredible family cookbook, which captures five generations of Barkley girls’ love of cooking “down home” meals. (Athens people might remember daughters Holly (Jones) and Linda (Sanders)’s fame in the 80s because of the popular Barkley House Restaurant on Tyler Street, renowned for its great fare, or the Barkley Antique Shop on South Palestine, also known for its tea room).

Tickets can be purchased ($25) at the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, the Malakoff Corner Bookstore and antique shops in Malakoff, Missy’s Salon in Athens or at Tickets are limited to 80 for this one-time-only event, with refreshments and a free family cookbook provided to all in attendance. Proceeds go to the Bartlett House garden restoration and development in Malakoff.