September 3, 2006

Clark Dyer display at Mountain Marketplace
Heritage Festival

Photo &copy Billy J. Turnage

Pictured above: Jean Oakley and Sylvia Dyer Turnage with the Micajah Clark Dyer flying machine exhibit at the festival.

Exhibits showcasing Micajah Clark Dyer’s flying machine were on display at the Mountain Marketplace Heritage Festival in Blairsville, Georgia on September 2-3, 2006. The annual festival is a community outreach event of the Union County Historical Society featuring mountain music, arts and crafts, historic treasures, and living history activities to keep the area’s rich mountain heritage alive.

Many festival visitors were introduced for the first time to the story of Clark Dyer’s invention. Dyer’s 1874 patent for an 'Apparatus for Navigating the Air' and his subsequent flight from Rattlesnake Mountain in Union County pushes the timeframe of Georgia’s first record of aviation history back more than three decades.

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