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Shelton Family Settlement at Possum Trot

Please note that this guide is still under development.

Shelton Family Settlement at Possum Trot


Possum Trot was the beloved home of Hardy and Mary Bearden Shelton and their family. 


The best starting place for learning more about the Shelton Family Settlement at Possum Trot is the web page The Shelton Family Settlement at Possum Trot, which includes a wealth of historical and interpretive information.
This research guide is intended to serve as a supplement to the family website, providing the Berry community and others with access to related primary sources and relevant secondary sources.

Shelton Family Settlement interpretive historical marker, dedicated August 6, 2022

Shelton Family Historian Karen Stewart is responsible for the monumental undertaking of researching and documenting the lives of her ancestors, and this guide could not exist without her work. Along with Ms. Ross, Shelton Family members Angela James and Mitchell Shelton were critical to the recognition by Berry College of the importance of its stewardship of the Shelton Family land. Beginning in 2016 Berry College Library Director Sherre Harrington and Associate Professor of English Christina Bucher were honored to join members of the family in working to make the connection between the family and the college. Berry College students Caitlin Herring, Josephine Phillips, and Cole Allen assisted with research in the Berry College Archives.