In 1810, a group of raw, tough, forward-thinking people established what they believed was a “Shining City on the Ridge.” They named their beautiful town Harmony Grove. We know this because the most definitive work on the history of Harmony Grove - Commerce was done by T.C. Hardman, and published in 1949. He stated in his book, “It is well established that the community, or settlement, that was known as the Town of Harmony Grove, now Commerce, was settled about the year 1810, or possibly a few years earlier.” If this is true, we should be celebrating our city’s bicentennial.
When I mentioned this to various people around town, I was informed that we had to use the date the Town of Harmony Grove was chartered by the State of Georgia, which was in 1884. I responded by asking why we did not celebrate our centennial year in 1984. They had no answer.
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