First couple to swim in Historic Liberty Bell Pool returns for visit

On Aug. 21, 1941, just after their secret wedding, Lew and Marion Fern of Atlanta came to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park for their honeymoon.

The couple became the first people to swim in the historic Liberty Bell Pool.

"It was col," said Lew Fern, 94, of the water, in a statement. "And it was one of the hottest days of summer."

His wife, Marion, now 93, said she thought the contractor felt sorry for them, and let them swim.

The pool is fed by cool spring water.

The couple met at Fort Benning, where he was stationed and she was a nurse. They eloped and got married in Alabama. They now live in Atlanta and try to visit Pine Mountain at least once a year. They have three children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Park officials hope the pool will open on May 26 and will be open Wednesday-Sunday trhough the summer.

Tickets are $5, plus $5 parking fee.

Call Kim Hatcher, 404-657-9855.

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