Portal Turpentine Museum named for longtime volunteer

PORTAL, GA (WTOC) - People in Portal remembering someone Wednesday night who helped the community hold onto its rural history.

The Portal Heritage Society named its Turpentine Museum for longtime volunteer Bobby Newton.

Family and friends remembered his efforts to help preserve Portal's history and the making of turpentine.

Loved ones said he'd be pretty proud of the honor and the history is shares.

"He loved being around the people. He was a people person. He also loved telling people about the turpentine and its history. He loved studying about it, reading up on it and then teaching it to other," said Kay Newton, widow.

This weekend, Portal celebrates that history with pine tar, and the only working turpentine still left in the South.

In the early 1900's, rural families sold pine tar for income and turpentine served household uses from paint thinner to cough medicine.

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