OLD TIMERS COME FAR AND NEAR

TO

RECEIVE TREATMENT OF MADSTONE

 

Taken From the Dade County Times

 

A “Madstone” was used for a remedy or “cure” for rabies. When a person was bitten by a mad dog or any animal that had gone mad they applied the “Madstone” to wound. The stone was first boiled in vinegar and was supposed to have a wonderful healing power. People came for miles that they might have access to the stone. It was about six inches long and was only a part of the original stone brought to this country from New Orleans about 1858 by Asa Shelton and given to Howell Tatum, who was one of Dade’s oldest settlers. The stone was kept by Miss Mae Tatum at Byrd’s Chapel. (Used by permission History of Dade County Georgia, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981)

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