Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge near Woodbury, built in the 1840s,
is the oldest surviving covered bridge in Georgia.

OCTOBER 20-21, 2017

Dr. Bruce Ramsdell has invited us to come to Newnan, Georgia, to visit sites where parts of the movie Lawless were filmed. Lawless (for those who haven’t seen it) was based on the 2008 book The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant, the story of three Bondurant brothers from Snow Creek, Virginia, Jack (Matt’s great-grandfather), Forrest and Howard.
Newnan and nearby towns of Haralson, Sharpsburg and Senoia have been film sites for movies like Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Drop Dead Diva, and many others, including the series The Walking Dead.2 Two new movies, Insatiable and Candy Jar (a Neflix original film), were being filmed in Newnan in March.
Please fill out the attached
2017 Annual Meeting Form if you plan to attend and email to Eve Mayes at
The host hotel for this year’s meeting is
Hampton Inn Newnan 50 Hampton Way, Newnan, GA 30265 (770) 253-9922 - call for reservations
The “Bondurant Family Association” block of rooms has the rate of $99 per night (plus $5 per night Georgia room tax), with either one king bed or two queen beds, all non-smoking. Call the hotel at (770) 253-9922 to request this special rate - it is not available for online reservations.
The deadline for making your reservation at this reduced rate is Oct. 1, 2017, so don’t miss out!
Free hot breakfast for registered guests, in-room internet access, a Fitness Center / Outdoor Pool, a Business Center, elevator access, handicap accessible rooms, onsite free parking.
Driving directions from Atlanta or the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: Take I-85 South for 27 miles to Exit 47 (Newnan/Shenandoah). Turn left off exit onto Hwy 34. Then turn left at 2nd light onto Newnan Crossing Blvd. Turn left just before Office Max and the hotel will be on your right.


(Please note that the schedule may change before the meeting - watch the newsletter, the BFA Facebook page, and your email for updates and announcements.)
Friday evening, Oct. 20, 2017 7:00 - 8:00 – Meet & Greet in the Hampton Inn meeting room designated by the hotel. Bring displays, memorabilia, and any other items you wish to share so we may learn more about your family. Followed by screening of Lawless, if desired.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 9:00 – meet at Hampton Inn parking lot to carpool to the Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge [Covered Bridge Road, Woodbury], then on to the town of Haralson, where Lawless and other movies have been filmed.
11:30 – Lunch at Golden’s On the Square, 9 East Court Square, Downtown Newnan – buffet style, see their menu and pricing at, pay your own tab and tip.

1:00 – meet at Hampton Inn parking lot to carpool to McIntosh Reserve [1046 West McIntosh Circle, Whitesburg] to see the log cabin from Lawless. This is also near where the Creek Indian Chief William McIntosh lived and was murdered. BondurantCabinBruceReneeLauraMarvin

2:30 – Meet at Bruce Ramsdell’s cabin – 25 Lakeshore Drive, Whitesburg 3:00 – Annual business meeting, election of officers, followed by special programs prepared by members or invited guests. Amy Warren Sanders and/or Eve Mayes will give an update on the BFA DNA project. Other presentations TBA
Saturday evening, Oct. 22, 2017
5:30 pm – BFA Dinner at Ruby Tuesday
, 1120 Hwy. 34 East, Newnan – get there early so we can be seated together, if possible. Order a la carte, please pay your own tab and tip. See the menu and pricing at

From Our President

Dear family,
The summer is in full swing and we need to be thinking “How can we attend our next meeting October 20 and 21?”.
There is much excitement surrounding our visit to Newnan, Ga., this year. Movie sites and film night are on the agenda. We will be visiting Dr. Bruce Ramsdell’s residence for the meeting this year and I am super excited about this location. Old towns have much to offer for those who are into small towns and history. It is not far from Atlanta, Ga., and it is an easy drive from the airport. No excuses this time for not attending!
This year Amy and Eve will return and give reports on any DNA results that have been found. Mary is returning and hopefully we will see Ruby for many stories and wonderful historical facts that they share. It has been 100 years since World War 1 and we want to honor those Bondurants that served with mentions at the meeting.
Bruce has lined up viewing fabulous filming sites that were used in the area for Lawless. The other movies and series that have been filmed in the area are Walking Dead, Mockingjay, Footloose, Sweet Home Alabama, Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy and lots of others. Here is the website for those interested in viewing other film locations in the area:
We are staying at the Hampton Inn, 50 Hampton Way, Newnan, GA 30265, Phone # (770) 253-9922. The room rate is $99.00 for both Friday and Saturday night under the BONDURANT FAMILY ASSOCIATION, ONLY IF WE CAN BOOK 10 OR MORE ROOMS. If we don’t have more than 10 rooms booked as a group the rate will go up to $125.00 AAA rate.

The Presidency:
This year is my last hurrah as president. It has been fun, but I am giving up the mantle. The president helps plan, select and guide the schedule for the next two years. I have met so many people in the process and visited so many new towns and cities with the presidency.
Contact: If there is anyone who would like to take the position please e-mail or message me through the BFA Facebook page or e-mail me from the link on the BFA webpage I will be available to help with the planning and organizing during the next year so the transition is smooth. The duties are small and the board helps each other so the meetings flow smooth.
See you soon in Newnan, GA,

Marcelle Bondurant Hoffman President 2016/2017