Fifty Years later Residents Of New Burlington Share Their Memories On Video


Paula Dytko of Aulalou Photography checks lighting on Jim Prickett as he interviews guest in the New Burlington Room at Museum of the Friends in Waynesville.

WAYNESVILLE, OH -- Jim Prickett, volunteer at Waynesville’s Museum at the Friends Home, and Paula Dytko of Aulalou Photography recently finished a video... Caesar Creek Lake Filled With Tears Of The Residents Of New Burlington.

 The film was done for Waynesville's Museum at the Friends Home to capture the memories and experiences of those still alive, who either lived or had strong ties to the town of New Burlington that was razed to create Caesar Creek State Park. 

Prickett, who hosts the program, interviewed Roger Vaughan, Charles MacIntire, Cheryl "Peach" Lovett Hawkins and couple Rosalie and John Beers.

Jim talks with Roger Vaughan about what they might touch on during the interview.

It was 87 year old Lawrence Mitchner, 50 years ago who died of a heart attack in April of 1973, who was the last to leave the town. By 1978, the dam was working, and the land was flooded... removing the town of New Burlington and replacing it with Caesar Creek Lake. 

"Many say the lake is filled with the tears of residents of New Burlington," said Prickett explaining how the video got its name.

Charles MacIntire sharing just one of his many memories of New Burlington with Paula.

New Burlington sat where two creeks met... Caesar Creek and Anderson Fork. The Lake took the name Caesar after the larger body of water. The story behind how Caesar Creek received its name has an interesting history. 

Cheryl "Peach" Lovett Hawkins points to a photo in the museums display case that she remembers of New Burlington.

According to ... "The Caesar Creek area was named for a black slave captured by the Shawnee on a raid along the Ohio River. The Shawnee adopted Caesar and gave him this valley as his hunting ground. Caesar lived in this area during the time Blue Jacket was war chief and was said to have gone on many raids with him." 

While there are four different legends of how Caesar Creek acquired its name from Caesar, the fact that Caesar Creek is named after a black slave is found in all four legends. Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan shares the four the stories.

Rosalie and John Beers share their memories of New Burlington.

To watch the video click on the link below...


To learn more about New Burlington visit Waynesville's Museum At the Friends Homelocated at: 115 S. 4th Street, P.O. Box 12, Waynesville, Ohio 45068 or call 513-897-1607. 

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