Please join us on Saturday, July 12, for a presentation by the  third author in our Appalachian Writers’ series. Janie Watts Dempsey will be discussing her book, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge”  at 7:00 pm , EDT, in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre  in our Visitor Centre.

Admission is FREE

Janie Dempsey Watts was born in Chattanooga. In Moon over Taylor’s Ridge, she explores a woman’s coming to grips with a collapsing marriage amid a rich Appalachian setting. You can read more about this event by reading our press release, below:

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Free Summer Reading Event at Historic Rugby Saturday, July 12


Heading for the beach and need a good read to take along? Join us on Saturday, July 12, at 7 pm (eastern) in the Rebecca Johnson Theater (Historic Rugby Visitor Center) for an evening with emerging author Janie Dempsey Watts. This free event will include readings and a book signing. Copies of Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge will be available for purchase.


Set in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge is a timeless story of coming home to find yourself. Avie Williams found a career and husband far from home. When her father dies, she must return to North Georgia to settle his estate. She soon recognizes that she doesn’t want to part with the home she grew up in, and the familiar surroundings helped her put a name on what was missing from her life in California. Throw in greedy relatives, a legendary Cherokee silver mine, and a new neighbor, and there is conflict, mystery, and the possibility of romance. This is a perfect book for the beach or for down time anywhere.


Janie Dempsey Watts was born in Chattanooga and grew up riding horses on the family farm just across the Georgia line. She holds journalism degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. She has written for newspapers, magazines and television and also authored five screenplays. Her essays have been published in Christian Science Monitor, Guideposts magazine, several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Georgia Backroads magazine. She is a columnist for Catoosa Life Magazine. She, too, has returned home and lives near the family farm in north Georgia.