Most of the early growth in the Western District occurred on the gently sloping interior plateau where the land was fertile and the drainage better than along the Mississippi. One of the most popular areas was present-day Henry County, immediately west of the Tennessee River and adjoining Kentucky. The eastern part of the county offered …
High Street from P.R.R. Depot, Bellefonte, Pa
My husband has many family members from Bellefonte, PA, including his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. We’ve visited a few times and very much enjoy this charming town. Things to See Bellefonte is a charming town and it’s fun to just stroll around and look at the architecture. But when you get tired of that, stop …
Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi, Currier & Ives, 1884
One of my ancestors worked for a time as a plantation overseer in or around Carroll County, Mississippi, in the 1840s or 1850s. I was curious about this employment as he was a small landowner himself – why would he leave his own property to work for others? Well, I still don’t know the answer …
Fourth St, Williamsport, PA
My genealogy research has led me to Williamsport, PA, in search of ancestors by the name of Furst, Aitken, and Harrar, particularly the following: Aitken, Elizabeth Rebecca (). Res: 1880 to burial in 1925 Furst, James Chamberlin (). Marr: 30 Apr 1913 Furst, John Shuman (). Marr: 04 Feb 1898; Res: 1900; Age: 24; Marital …
Terrapene carolina
One creature I haven’t seen in my backyard is the box turtle. Turtles are in decline in my mid-Atlantic region, mostly due to suburban sprawl. The box turtle’s home range is usually about 12 to 14 acres. Box turtles are slow crawlers, extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. …
CumberlandGap by Harry Fenn, Harry, 1838-1911, artist, 1872, LOC
My Smith ancestors left Virginia in the 1820s, probably traveling along the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap to Tennessee. Here are some sources I’ve gathered while I’m learning about their journey. Images Sources: Florida Center for Instructional Technology at http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/ Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/ “Cumberland Gap and Heights, Tenn., from the Kentucky side. …
Clifton Plantation, Holmes County, MS
My great-grandfather and second great-grandfather lived on Clifton Plantation in Carroll County, Mississippi. That’s interesting, I’d love to know more. Like where the heck is this place? There seem to be multiple Clifton Plantations in Mississippi. Wonder which one is “ours”? Clifton Plantation, Holmes County, MS Here’s a Clifton Plantation in Holmes County, MS. I …
St Johns Union Church April 2001
St. John’s Union Church may also be called Old Towamensing Church and is now known as St. John’s Lutheran Church. It’s located in Palmerton, Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. It is the second church built in what is now Carbon County. The land was purchased in 1798 and the church built the following year. The …
Sweet Potato Vine with Coleus
Sorry for the alliteration. Couldn’t help it. Like many other gardeners, I’ve discovered the amazing energy created when you pair a purple/burgundy foliage plant with one that sports that bright greenish yellow color we either love or hate: chartreuse. Never one to go half measures, I decided to apply this color scheme to my ENTIRE …
As someone who hates to eat mushrooms, I surprise myself by being kind of fascinated with these fungi. I think it’s because I associate them with fairies, gnomes, and pixies, my favorite forest dwellers. It’s certainly not the fact that they are associated with male virility because of the phallic shape, ugh. Nope, for me, …
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