Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tilley Baptist Church

Toccoa River, Morganton, GA

To the left is a photo of the Toccoa River taken from the Shallowford Bridge that crosses the river, connecting Aska Rd to Shallowford Bridge Rd. The sun was going down and the coming darkness would soon cover an area that can only be described as exquisite beauty.

Tilley Baptist Church

The day was a good one. A long ride through the mountains finally brought me to my destination - Tilley's Bend and Tilley's Baptist Church. This was my second attempt to find it - sometimes maps aren't exact in the mountains.

 Tilley's Bend is located at a bend, or sharp curve, on the banks of the Toccoa River. An old settlement in the 1800's, it was founded on what was Creek land. The Cherokee's eventually ran out the Creek's but many who had intermarried, or just grown too old to move, stayed on in the area. It would seem that the little settlement at Tilley's Bend would thrive and every one would live a peaceful life on the river. However, that was not to be.

As the story goes, a half Creek Indian woman by the name of Elizabeth Bradley lived in the community. She was believed to have been a 'witch doctor' for the Creeks and most people were afraid of her. She had two daughters. One married into the Tilley family and the other married into the Stanley family. Soon afterward, around 1895, a feud ignited between the two families - and the sisters became mortal enemies.

One Sunday morning, while the Tilley's were in Church, the Stanley's arrived and starting shooting up the church. The preacher was killed, one of Elizabeth Bradley's daughters were killed, as were several other church members.

It didn't take long for the Tilley's to retaliate. One night, the Tilley's led a raid on the Stanley community, at Stanley Gap, while they were sleeping. Elizabeth Bradley's son-in-law was killed during this raid. A few months later, Elizabeth's daughter died during childbirth.

Distraught and angry over the feud and the deaths of her two daughters, it is said that Elizabeth Bradley put a revenge curse on both families - swearing that no babies would be born to either. Over the next year, many babies from both families were either born dead or died shortly after birth.

On October 26th 1905, the community went to Elizabeth's house and took her to the center of the Tilley Baptist Church cemetery. There they hung her from a Hemlock tree; Elizabeth said before she died that she would come back. When they cut her down, they buried her where she fell - and placed her body facing west.

Soon after Elizabeth's hanging, the babies begin dying again. The community believed that Elizabeth had come back through her sister-in-law, Mary Tilley Bradley. Exactly one year later, on the same date as they hung Elizabeth, Oct. 26th, they also hung , her sister-in-law. Mary's grave is not facing west, most likely because the community didn't find her at fault.

Grave site of Elizabeth Bradley

It didn't take me long to locate Elizabeth's grave, for there is only one big tree in the cemetery, a Helmlock Tree. Underneath its branches, lies Elizabeth, facing west, toward the sunset. Through the years, I've read many times how some churches would bury people in this way because they believed that the person was a sinner or 'without God'. Christians believe that Christ will return via the eastern skies.

It's very difficult to find information on Tilley Baptist Church, although bit and pieces that I have found has been via forums or paranormal sites, even a tv show, but perhaps the most valuable was discovered on

According to a Stanley family member, Jack Stanley, Elizabeth was born a Tilley, the daughter of Tighlman Tilley and Prudence Pressley. Ben Tilley, the founder of Tilley Baptist Church, was Elizabeth's brother.

While walking through the cemetery, I noticed that Elizabeth's tombstone was not the only one facing west - so was Prudence Tilley's. How that came to be, I have no idea.

Grave site of Pollie Long

Another grave site of concern is that of Pollie Long. Some of the people who are commenting are saying that Pollie was also an alleged witch, although no one seems to know why. Her tombstone is facing east. That said, I see no connection at this time of Pollie Long to this story.

Grave site of Gilbert Falls

 Buried next to Pollie Long is a veteran of the War of 1812, Gilbert Falls. Born, June 9, 1794 - died, July 14, 1880.

Tilley Baptist Church is said to be haunted and is one of the most famous haunts around Blue Ridge. The church is very isolated and if you're not a local, it is very hard to find.

Often listed as being in Blue Ridge, it is actually in Morganton, right outside of Blue Ridge, on Old Dial Road. The easiest way to get there from Ellijay:

Go north on 515/76 to Blue Ridge.
Turn right on East 1st St [also known as Old Hwy 76]
Turn right on Industrial Blvd
[Industrial Blvd will turn into Mineral Springs Rd]
Turn right onto Aska Road. After you pass the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant on the right, look for the big steel Shallowford Bridge on the left. This bridge goes across the river and once you get to the other side,
Turn right onto Shallowford Bridge Rd.
Turn left on Old Dial Road. The church is on the left.

Another way - but it's longer:

Go north on 515/76 to Blue Ridge.
Turn right on East 1st St [also known as Old Hwy 76]
Turn right on Industrial Blvd
[Industrial Blvd will turn into Mineral Springs Rd]
Turn right onto Aska Road
Turn left on Newport Road
Turn left on Old Dial Road
Go a few miles, this will bring you to the Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area.
Keep going past here, the pavement will end, the road will eventually be gravel. Continue on, you will see Tilley Baptist Church on the left.

Shallowford Bridge

I suppose my readers are wondering if I saw anything strange while I was at Tilley Baptist Church - or if my camera picked up anything that I'm not showing on this post....

Actually, I found it to be a peaceful place. The church has been remodeled and everything was nice... Not to mention a patch of wild blackberries that were growing next to the fellowship hall across from the church. I had fun eating on them, they were delicious!

However, I did have a swarm of bugs following me around the cemetery that were quiet annoying...and upon leaving, I noticed that sitting up on a power line were 6 or 7 black crows watching me drive by and leave...or maybe that's just my wild imagination.

More Pics of Tilley Baptist Church

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Five Honorable Men

Four US Marines killed by an Islamist terrorist in Chattanooga, TN /July 16, 2015 and one Navy Petty Officer who died from his wounds on July 17, 2015.

[L to R]

Sgt Thomas Sullivan
[Hampden, Massachusetts]

Lance Cpl Squire "Skip" Wells
[Marietta, Georgia]

Sgt Carson Holmquist
[Grantsburg, Wisconsin / Jacksonville, North Carolina]

Sgt David Wyatt
[Hixson, Tennessee]

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Randall Smith
[Paulding, Ohio / Rossville, Georgia]

*Prayers and condolences to all of their families and their friends.*

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

 I got this recipe from an employee at ETC - the cake is delicious. [My copy says that it is 'slightly stolen' from Donna Pierce and Paula Deen]...:) Although I prefer my pound cakes plain, or with strawberries, the kids always love the icing. And a cream cheese icing can be used for many different cakes. Just go easy on it.....:)


  • 3 sticks of Parkay butter @ room temperature
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of plain/baking flour [I use White Lily - remember: use plain - not the self rising!]
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
  • 5 large eggs @ room temperature
  • 1 [8 oz] package of cream cheese @ room temperature
  • Dash or pinch of salt


Cream butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light and fluffy [about 5 minutes]. Add salt and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Slowly mix in flour. Continue to mix all ingredients well, then pour batter into a floured, 10 inch, tube/bunt pan. Bake @ 325 for 1 hour [may be less or more baking time, depending on oven and altitude]. Don't over cook cake, it will be done when the middle is firm and the top is lightly browned.

Cream Cheese Icing


  • 1 stick of Parkay butter @ room temperature
  • 1 [8 oz] package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 box of confectioner's sugar


If you buy the bags of confectioner's sugar, use 3 1/2 or 3 3/4 cups of sugar.

This recipe for Cream Cheese icing will cover two or three cakes - so if you are going to make just 1 cake, half the recipe.

Bake smart:
Double your Pound Cake recipe and bake two cakes - eat one now and put the other one in the freezer.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Prophecy of the Popes

Back in the fall of 2012, while cruising around on youtube, I ran across what I now consider an absolute treasure. That treasure is Dr. Chuck Missler. Over time, I've also discovered a few of his associates/friends, and the one that is the center of this post is Dr. Thomas Horn.

Growing up, I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church. In later years, my step family were Catholic. Many people might think that would make for very interesting days, but it really hasn't. A difference in Christian religious doctrine was never an issue - weell, there were a few smirks... Over the years, I've read many prophecies but never did I read/hear anything about the Prophecy of the Popes until last year when I ran across this video of Dr. Horn speaking at the Strategic Perspectives Conference 2013.

[An excerpt from Wikipedia:]

According to an account put forward in 1871 by Abbé Cucherat, Malachy was summoned to Rome in 1139 by Pope Innocent 11 to receive two wool palliums for the metropolitan sees of Armagh and Cashel. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Vatican Secret Archives, and forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590, supposedly just in time for a papal conclave ongoing at the time.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a contemporary biographer of Malachy who recorded the saint's alleged miracles, makes no mention of the prophecies, nor are they mentioned in any record prior to their 1595 publication.

Several historians have concluded that the prophecies are a late 16th‑century forgery.

[end of excerpt]

*The full text of the Prophecies of St. Malachy*

But are the prophecies really a forgery/fraud? Dr. Horn gives a dynamic presentation. During the first half of the video he speaks on the Prophecy of the Popes. In the second half of the video, he goes even further to discuss the Vatican Observatory that has been built in Arizona on top of Mount Graham, a mountain that is considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Indians and who fought hard to keep the Observatory off of the Mountain.

[An excerpt from Apache Creation Folklore]

In the beginning nothing earth, no sky, no sun, no moon, only darkness was everywhere.

Suddenly from the darkness emerged a thin disc, one side yellow and the other side white, appearing suspended in midair. Within the disc sat a small bearded man, Creator, the One Who Lives Above. As if waking from a long nap, he rubbed his eyes and face with both hands.

When he looked into the endless darkness, light appeared above. He looked down and it became a sea of light. To the east, he created yellow streaks of dawn. To the west, tints of many colors appeared everywhere. There were also clouds of different colors.

Creator wiped his sweating face and rubbed his hands together, thrusting them downward. Behold! A shining cloud upon which sat a little girl.

"Stand up and tell me where are you going," said Creator. But she did not reply. He rubbed his eyes again and offered his right hand to the Girl-Without-Parents.

"Where did you come from?" she asked, grasping his hand.

"From the east where it is now light," he replied, stepping upon her cloud.

[end of excerpt]


Dr. Thomas Horn - Strategic Perspectives Conference 2013
The Secret Vatican and Alien Connection


See also:

Mount Graham Coalition

Making a Mountain into a Star Base


Monday, February 2, 2015

A Dream of Chaos

Back around November of 2014, I had a very vivid dream, so frightening that it awakened me. I refused to go back to sleep because I knew that it was a possibility that the same dream would continue, like a movie that was put on pause. Having continuing dreams happens to me a lot.

 In the dream, I was riding in a car down Veterans Memorial Hwy in Mableton. The car was right in front of Hawthorne Plaza. All of a sudden it came to a stop. Riding in the back seat, I got out and looked in front of the car. There was a person [I think it was a man] lying across the road, in our lane. Several people were standing around the front of the car; it was apparent that the person was dead. As I looked up, I noticed that thousands of people were lined up on both sides of the street, as far as I could see, in both directions. I also noticed that the traffic was heavy - but no vehicle was moving - the engines were off and they were just parked in the road.

I know the weather was warm and it was day time, perhaps afternoon. A few people were talking but I couldn't make any sense of what was being said. All I could focus on was the dead person in the road and all of the people...

 It was right here that I woke up. I've wondered if this dream was the result of things that were going on at the time. The protest marches, Ferguson, MO., etc. It is very possible. It is also possible that it is a premonition. But this is one of those dreams that will have to sit on the back burner for a while.


Monday, January 26, 2015

The Rise of Pegida

Something very significant is happening in Germany.

That something is the rise of Pegida [Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West]. On the heel of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Pegida is gaining in popularity and is spreading across Europe. Last Wednesday, and again on Sunday, protest marches were held in the city of Leipzig, protesting political correctness, unlimited immigration, appeasement, and lack of assimilation by Muslims.

For the past few decades, Christianity has been under attack, not only by non-believers, but also seemingly by governments. In the United States, Obama has declared that America is no longer a Christian nation. Pastors and clergy are under fire for anything that they say that may break the rules of political correctness. Many churches no longer teach the scriptures in full, picking and choosing their verses carefully, for fear of offending someone - and ending up in court.

Across the middle east and north Africa, Christians, Jews, and minorities are being slaughtered by the thousands. Many MSM outlets ignore it - as do governments - as they are either unwilling or unable to stop the onslaught of terrorists such as Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Pegida is the result of attacks against the western world and governments doing very little to stop it.

 We are definitely living in historic times. It looks like a clash between the faiths/non-muslims and cultures are inevitable if world leaders continue to ignore the people and live in LA LA Land.

Dark clouds are forming.

 [Excerpt from "German Government, Leftists, and ISIS Try to Destroy PEGIDA"]

For centuries the Saxony region of Germany has been a place where protests are born. It has been relatively quiet there for the last quarter of a century. but 25 years after German reunification, Leipzig and Dresden are once more igniting the flames of dissent, especially when PEGIDA proved itself today to the whole world, and against all odds stood up tall telling the Muslim world that Germany will be Christian land and that Islamic immigration will soon be halted.

In Europe, the war on the rightous is ongoing and the future of the Islamization of Europe stands in the hands of an anti-Islamization group called PEGIDA which is primarily centered in Germany. “Pray for us” writes Peter asking’s viewers to constantly remember their brethren in Germany. PEGIDA requested westerners that since the liberal media is against them in Europe, they urge everyone to spread the word through social media in hope that all the West will arise against Muslim tyranny.

Indeed, if ISIS spreads terror through social media and Muslims march by the millions across the world against westerners for simply exercising their free speech; westerners sick of terror and liberal media can spread freedom and anti-terror through the same system.

So PEGIDA, using social media has become the latest and loudest voices against the Islamization of Europe calling themselves the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA). And as al-Qaeda and ISIS grows around the world, PEGIDA will lead the European masses and will hold the future of Europe, so long they carry the blessed holy cross and honor the rights of the Jews to live in Israel.

And despite all the odds, PEGIDA has led peaceful demonstrations that have been met with angry counter-protesters who have resorted to violence in an effort to halt PEGIDA’s mutiny against Islamization, one can see for themselves who PEGIDA is; the regular folk of Europe just as in the United States:...

[end of excerpt]

See also:

German Anti-Islamisation Marches: What the MSM Doesn't Want You to Know

and,  I can't post on Pegida, without a word about their troubled beginnings and former leader, Lutz Bachmann, who got into a lot of trouble for posting a pic of himself dressed like Hitler on social media. He resigned over the pic - and I must say that he needed to resign - the world doesn't need the image that he presented. Good Riddance! This is an example of why/how movements can become dangerous if the people aren't careful.

German Anti-Immigrant Figure Quits Post After Posing as Hitler


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gas Price Dropping Low

And I'm low will it go? Anything is better than $4 bucks per gallon! It was costing me about $80 a week to fill up my GMC truck.

Currently, the price is $1.97 per gallon, which gives me a big reason to smile!

This pic was taken 2 days ago at the BP Station at the corner of 515 and Maddox Rd in Ellijay Georgia.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Month of Madness

and it ain't over.

Each year when New Year's Eve/Day arrives, it is only human nature that most people are in a joyful mood with the expectation of new beginnings for the New Year. This year, I just couldn't bring myself to be joyous. So instead of raining on everyone's parade of inspiration and expectations, I've keep my silence. My gut feelings are almost always correct. Now that certain events have taken place, I feel it is safe to crawl out from under my rock, and even say those naughty words - "Told ya."

During the first week of Jan 2015 two horrific events occurred:

The mass shooting at the satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. On Jan 7th, 2 gunmen, shouting Allahu Akbar killed 12 and injured 11. In later connected events, 5 others were killed, including 11 more injured. Al-Qaeda terrorist cell in Yemen claims responsibility for the attack.

Islamic terrorists, known as Boko Haram, kills 2,500 people in the towns of Baga and Doron, Nigeria. So far, Nigeria is unable to control Boko Haram, who is a clear threat not only to Nigeria, but all of North/Western Africa. Nigeria is a country in which the northern states are predominately Islamic and the southern states are predominately Christian. It remains to be seen how this problem is going to be handled.


Russian President, Valdimir Putin cuts off gas supply to Ukraine
[Note - in the above article, The Daily Mail refers to President Putin as the Prime Minister - that is incorrect. The Prime Minister of Russia is Dmitry Medvedev.  

During the second week of Jan 2015:

3.) A unity rally is held in France to show support for the Charlie Hebdo victims and the support of free speech. Unity rallies are ultimately held all over the world, in many cities, in support. Over 40 world leaders join in the march. However, top officials from the United States don't attend, even though AG Eric Holder is in Paris. Why? I can't answer this, only Obama can answer for himself - but here's something to consider: A clip from Obama's speech at the 2012 United Nations where he says that "The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam". Apparently, Obama doesn't approve of Charlie Hebdo.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the west of *False Flag Attack* in Paris

It is reported that 22 Islamic Terror Camps exist in the U.S. - 2 of them are in Georgia, in the cities of Jessup and Commerce.

During the third week of Jan 2015:

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts questions whether this could have been a *False Flag Attack* in Paris. He notes the rise of right-wing groups opposed to Islam in Europe.

On Jan 20th, Obama gives his State of the Union address. Again, the country is divided, with the Democrats obviously happy and clapping wildly; the Republicans clapping at some things with a bewildered look. The military weren't happy campers...Many feel that this speech was totally out of touch not only with the American people, but with worldwide events.


 The Swiss National Bank throws in the towel on the Euro/Swiss Franc.

During the fourth week of Jan 2015: so far....

The tiny country of Yemen falls to pro-Iranian rebels and Al Qaeda

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead at 90.

 2015 - The Year of Predictions and Prophecies

In my opinion, everything that has occurred this month so far is important and has the potential to play out significantly in the U.S. as well as the world stage. Many people are making predictions about what is to come:

  • Collapse of the economy
  • War with Russia and Iran - and more war with evil ISIS and radical Islamists
  • Cyber attacks that can take down our electric grid and/or mess with our nuclear weapons
  • Continued killing of Jews, Christians, and other minorities on an incomprehensible scale
  • Large scale terrorist attacks in the U.S.
  • Race wars within the U.S.
  • Gun ban/confiscation in the U.S.
  • Limitations on freedom of speech in U.S. / western world
  • Spread of a bio-level disease, such as Flu or Ebola, resulting in a worldwide pandemic.

The prophecies are also here. Many religious leaders and church members believe that all the chaos may be signaling the beginning of sorrows/the end of days. Many non-religious believe that man is really stupid enough to engage in nuclear or bio warfare, effectively eliminating most of the human race.

So what do we make of it all?

There's no way to tell right now. We can hope that none of the above happens...

I believe that we must do what is right and our main concern should be our own hearts, our God, and our families; the safety thereof.

The world, especially the west, is now at a point where they must decide on their moral values and how they wish to live their lives - what they stand for.

If it is love, peace, non-violence and freedom - then stand up and speak out. Forget about Political Correctness. Let your voices be heard and let your votes count. Do it with intelligence and peaceful means.

If you stand for ignorance, violence, and murder of innocents - then please sit down. You have no place in the free world.