anneewakee inner harbour (harbor) rockmart georgia

In 1989-1990 I was in annewakee treatment center in rockmart georgia. I was 15-16 while I was there. I searched today for information about this place, I heard about reunions and such and was interested, But I didnt have much luck finding anything useful. What I did find was stories about some allegations about child labor, and child abuse, that happened there and I want to defend my home.. Yes anneewakee is the place I consider "home" as a teen.

Maybe my home life was just so bad that I thought this was a little slice of heaven and maybe it was child abuse. But I loved it. I felt safe, I felt loved, I enjoyed my time at anneewakee.. I was there during the name change from anneewakee to inner harbor and and I was part of the mahayan group but we stayed on the wameeka campsite. Mahayan was teepees, and I guess they were ditching the teepees for the cabins. The cabins had no electricity, we walked everywhere we went and we used outhouses. Every sunday we had to haul a wheel barrow full of "enzymes" and put them in the outhouse. I think it wsa called a privy or something tho..

It wasnt a cushy life, we worked, but it wasnt awful either. I learned so many things there. I made friends that I would love to reconnect with. I had the opportunity to just be a kid and be with other kids and not worry about being yelled at and accused of everything. No one there ever abused me. It was a great place and if anyone ever said to me where would you go if you could go back in time.. Anneewakee mahayan group would be where I would go and I would do roll call with my name backwards everyday I was assilem... That was the worst part for me calling myself ass.. Otherwise I loved anneewakee ad whatever terrible thing happened there must have happened before I came cuz I never saw anyone abused..


I want to add to this that I believe that bad things did happen there and some people had a terrible experience, but some of us had a terrible experience before we got there.. Sometimes one mans trash is another mans treasure.. I was the throwed away in the way worthless so and so at home.. At anneewakee I was just a kid..

Im sorry for those of you that had bad times there.. I wish I could fix it for you.. I truely would. But maybe after 20 years its just time to let go of the hurt and hate.. What has hanging on to it done for you over the past 20-30 years? Its like a cancer eating at you and its not gonna stop until you let go..

 Love to all my wakee bros and sis's
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26 comments:

Lipika Mohapatra said...

Melissa,this post is inspiring and thanks that you tried to spread your voice. Keep it up.

LissaMe said...

Thanks so much for taking your time to read me.. I am glad you enjoyed my post

Smile4me said...

So nice to hear the positives. I was at Anneewakee as well. I was in Nechiye (our camp site was beside yours). I miss those days as well and was shocked when I recieved inquiries about "abuses" on the campuses. I never did see/hear any of it. Keep up the happy thoughts :-)

angie said...

I was also there I was in the cabins never saw any abuse though I. Remember going to cumberland island that was a bit rough and the privys and gravel in the wheel barrels

LissaMe said...

just curious when were you there? I dont remember an Angie, but just curious if we were there near the same time.. MAybe knew some of the same people.. I lost touch with everyone from there and I hate that.. Id love to see some of them again or atleast know what happened with them.. I don't remember gravel in a wheel barrow, I do remember having to haul the enzymes to the privy in that thing tho, and I was never abused there either.. we went to the boys campus in florida once wuculla springs, and on a caving trip once.. Was awesome

Smile4me said...

I remember about 3 angie's. What group did you (Angie) belong to? What era of time? I was there from 85' to 87'.

Smile4me said...

I remember how on Home-Visit weekend the groups would hang around the Lodge and wait for their groupmembers to come back. Nechiye' spent a lot of time at the Lodge. I miss the fireplace. We used to hold group meetings there, after we cleaned up the Lodge.

LissaMe said...

I dont know about an angie, can't rememebr an angie, but sounds like you were leaving as I was coming in. I think I was there around 88-89-90 somewhere in there.. I remeber Becky who was a ward f the state and she had been there for quite a while seems like. Me and becky and dana tried to run once.. we stayed gone all night and they found us the nexxt morning.. I am Melissa. I remeber the deer and the snails and scorpions... I pulled it up on google maps the other day and I think it has changed a good bit. I tried to see the cabins but I couldnt find them.. I see a clearing in the image but if there are cabins still there u cant see them.. I was there with susan weinberg I think she had been there for a long time.. maybe when you were there.. the phillips family took us on a couple trips they had 2 sons that would come to annewakee with them sometimes, and that little blond lady with the miata and the dog named mon ami.. ms penny was there and doctor day and that little short guy doctor who married that little short girl doctor..one of them might have been named banks.. some of the names of teensthat I remember are stephanie, dana, becky, gen who called herself "gendi" a red haried girl named amanda, this big girl from indiana i cant forthe life of me remember her name.. But I remember she was from indiana cuz she had this accent like no one id ever heard before.. Everyone was awesome.. I miss them.. I think once I got an invitation to an annewakee reunion but seems I was 9 months preg and couldnt travel would have loved to have gone.. I would certainly love to do a reunion if I had any idea where the girls I was with are..

Anonymous said...

Saw your comment Bout Anneewakee. My name is Joe Corry. C-792. Bet you'll never forget your either. I was at D-ville and mostly Carrabelle. Spent a summer at Rockmart. I tiled your lodge. 79-82. Like you said, it was tough, but it wes one of the best times of my life.

LissaMe said...

I went on trips to carabella and to douglasville with the girls.. Good times.. We visited wukulla springs while we were in florida at the boys campus and I remember this because I thought the fact that the police station was a phone booth was the most awesome thing ever.. You know I remember the having a number but i cannot for the life of me rememebr what it was.. Crazy I know.. I can remember my phone number from when I was 8 years old but I cannot recall that number.. I should know this.. Old age and 4 kids is what im gonna blame my bad memory on..

Anonymous said...

I was at Carrabelle Fla. campus, my group was called Unalayhi, (I don't think the spelling is right). Anyway, I was one of the original 6 victims that sued and was awarded a lot of money, all told we won $35 Million. For those with rose tinted glasses, or good experiences, I cannot believe you thought the E&O experience was fun. It was degrading, humiliating, and scary. The sexual abuse was real. It happened to me, and my tent-mate, 6 feet away. I don't want to get graphic, but it was bad. Laurence Goldberg, and Louis Poetter were evil men, esp. Goldberg. My number was: J-1597. Anyone that wants to contact me can do so at: savroof@gmail.com. I consider it my Vietnam, as that war screwed my dad up for the rest of his life, and even though it happened over 20 years ago, I am still getting help to deal with it, and would gladly give back all the cash to not go through what I did.

DJ

LissaMe said...

Im sorry that your experience wasn't as great as mine. Im sorry that you don't believe that I could enjoy that life. I dont know what E&O stands for, but I can guarantee I NEVER had a bad experience.. My vietnam was at home when my alchoholic grandfather was molesting me and my mother was telling me it was my fault. Annewakee was a safe place for me, and even with wheeling a barrel full of enzymes to a privy I would take it anyday over the life at home. I cried when I had to leave and go back to my vietnam. I am sorry you had a bad time of it. I was not at the same campus and maybe your place was a totally different ball game. But here is the deal.. I wont accuse you of bragging about your 35 million dollars, and you dont accuse me of wearing rose tinted glasses, and lying because I liked it there.. We can all be in the exact same place at the exact same time and have all different experiences.. Im sure yours was exactly what you say it was and Id appreciate it if you would not doubt me that mine is exactly what I say it was.. I dont even know you what possible reason would I have to lie about it? no hard feelings.. Just speaking my mind the same as you did..

Anonymous said...

Anneewakee sucked. I am just glad that it got shut down. Ever notice how the girls liked it but the guys hated it. I guess that is because Louis Poetter liked boys. What I mean is he was a fucking fag.

No said...

Hi I was reading everyone's post I was also at Anneewakee weird I remember the chick with the Miata and the lady with the 2 chocolate labs. Although I agree with some Anneewakee wasn't the best place in the world I spent a lot of time in E&O for stupid stuff, as with a lot of things in life there were the good times and the bad.

I am sorry about the people that were abused that should have never happened and my prayers go out to those people...

I also lost touch with some people and would like to get back in touch with anyone who may remember me my name is Kim I lived in California at the time (the only 1) I was one of the youngest people there and I was there 2 times I think I left at 15 or 16.

Anyway on Facebook there is a group called Anneewakee survivors I just joined today.

LissaMe said...

hi Kim, what years were you there? sounds like you were there around the same time as me I am Melissa, I was there with becky, dana, Gen, susan, jennifer, Those are the names I remember off the top of my head. Do any of those ring a bell to you?

No said...

Hey Melissa I think we were there at the same time I was there in 87 in Mahayan the first time and then when I went back for the 2nd time around I was in Wamika...1st time around I was there for 2 1/2 years and I was only 11 and then when I came back it was for 11 months and at that time I was 14 before my parents yanked me out.... try facebook since I joined Anneewakee survivors and Anneewakee uncensored I have found a few of my friends there and have made friends with people I didn't even know at the time....Good luck!
Kim

Anonymous said...

Hi-
I too was a member of Mahayan from around 87-89. My name was Michele Gamble. I remember Nicole Puckett, Jenny Kavanaugh, Kim Wolt, Jacqueline MacDonald...etc. I alos remember Amanda from Indiana - I can't remember her last name. Would your name happen to be Melissa Wolf? I remember her, also Becky Hutto (a ward of the state). I remember the night 3 girls ran from our Mayahan site. It was quite scarey. I remember lots when I sit and think about it. Good to find your blog!

Kimmie said...

Hey Michele I remember you! =) this is Kim Wolt....Join the facebook page anneewakee uncensored we are all on there and also on anneewakee survivors but the uncensored group is more laid back....if you don't have facebook feel free to e-mail me at kimmiewolt@gmail.com I would love to hear from anyone that was there with me...I have come in contact with Chrissy as well as Amanda they are on Facebook you would be surprised who you find there...have a great one!

Wendy said...

My name is Wendy (Wallace). I went to Annewakee in 1986 at the age of 17. I was one of only 2 girls there that old. I don't remember the name of the group I was in; and for some reason, I can't seem to remember anyone's name. Anyway - we stayed in cabins. While I was there, we built a water fountain on our campsite (don't know if that helps). I made the decision to stay after my 18th birthday and graduate high school in 1987. There was only 7 of us that graduated that year and only 2 girls. Because of a "D" I had made in geometry before going to Anneewakee, I was a credit short with no room in my schedule, so they allowed me to run every day with the track team after school as credit. I also said the prayer at (what I guess was) a family day.

Anyway - I was there when the scandal broke on the boy's campus. My parent's got in touch with me to ensure that I was okay and not affected. I was very protective of our campus because people had been good to me, and the media was "generalizing" Anneewakee as a whole; however, I was pissed as hell at the "powers that be" on the boys campus, because (even though I didn't know them) there was an unspoken bond - I think - among ALL the kids who were there; and knowing there would have been no way for those boys to defend themselves - who's going to believe us "trouble-makers" over the adults who have been entrusted to make us "productive citizens"! It was an emotional and confusing time.

On a "lighter" note, I would love to reconnect with people from Anneewakee - even if it's not people I knew. I think, as I mentioned above, there was a connection among all the students - regardless of what each individual went through. Let's face it, whether it was good for us or not - all we had was each other! Please feel free to email me if you want: wenwad@gmail.com

Jimmy said...

Jimmy here ,was in dougvill 85-86 i think .i ran in the Ga state track meet with Anneewakee..C-1618..

Anonymous said...

S-1729 from 1985 summer until 1987 summer, work camp yes. Abuse yes, some fond memories, but was glad my father pulled me and we drove home together! I was in achunda and chantawae. We dug trenches for running water to our two man camel tents, and eventually carried 7 foot tall creosote poles (12) per cabin 5 cabins total, thru 1/2 mile of sugar sand. I was there when the marina was being built, I too went to wakulla springs. We also had a 3 week hiking expedition "blazing" a 14 mile section of the Florida trail.....god I hate palmetto roots to this day!! Feel free to contact me, I wouldn'nt mind reconnecting. Yes carrebelle... My email is seren8ty@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,
I was at Anneewakee in Rockmart,Ga. in I think 86 and 87. I really only remember 2 names those are Jenny Kavanaugh and Heather Pouncy I never made it out of E&O (Evaluation and Observation) but the few things I do remember is being told the story of *MOONPIE* having to ask to cross in and out of rooms, 7.5 min showers (and yes they were timed),and if you ever said leave me alone the next room change you got a room by yourself.

The hike down to the* OH MY GOD* chow hall and the amazing chocolate chip pancakes....the siestas and the girl that would always braid Jenny's hair and everytime I asked her to braid mine she was so mean...and I almost forgot the janitor that would always call me Michelle my bell...and that one time they let us out to play in the freaking snow it was great.....I don't remember my number.And for that matter there is really only a few things I do remember ...but the only abuse I ever got there was the psych DR. telling me it was my fault Mama was sick...

Thanks for the memories,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

I was one of the first...B-115. This place was not the hell hole described by the money grubbers that sued. It was my salvation, and I would have long ago been dead had I not gone there.

Anonymous said...

kids were raped and abused there, I am glad some of you had such a good time there, the rest of us were in hell

BTW some of you were there AFTER they stopped braking the law and had a new name.....not the same fucking place!

I bet some of you posting are the actual pedophiles who worked there....

Anonymous said...

I was quite surprised as I found & read this Blog. I was the 15th Girl at Anneewakee....one of the early pioneers of Rockmart. I wish I could say that my memories were as warm & fuzzy as you later girls that attended...but for me it fell short of such. MANY wonderful friendships were made, but sorry...that place was beyond a Living NIGHTMARE for most of us :-(

Anonymous said...

are you on the facebook groups for anneewakee survivors? lots of great people there from all time periods..

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