I don’t know where September went. I did have a high school reunion in Tennessee, and my daughter added another granddaughter to our family, but that accounts for only a couple weeks. And I had to edit a short story “The Mountain Top” that will be included in an anthology from Wildside Press but don’t expect to see it soon. Publishing is a very slow business. I also had a longer story accepted in “History and Mystery, Oh My”, but again, don’t expect to see that for awhile either. I will announce when they are available.
On August 17, I was a guest of my friends Ruby and Wade at the Nanney reunion held at Round Hill Baptist Church in Union Mills, NC. My second year to be included. There was a large turnout, and I met several “new” Nanneys, one of whom is an elegant octogenarian who has been compiling information on her family for years. She invited me to her home.
I am still reading and sorting through the records that she has graciously made available to me, and I will share them here when I can get a handle on them. I would like to present some of these family stories in an entertaining but accurate forum. And I continue to be puzzled to explain why I have such a heart for the Nanney family. They certainly don’t need my help as a historian. They have several in their own ranks.
Nevertheless, I will persevere in presenting their connection to the settling of McDowell County in western North Carolina. Many of this extended family are in Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, and their history parallels experiences all over the country. I am concentrating on those in this area whose backgrounds weave together to define our community.
I can already see the trail from our blogging origin in Brackett Town going west and east at the same time, spreading from Montford Cove to Dysartsville, land that is mostly undeveloped according to city folk standards. I like it here.
Last weekend, the Dysartsville community club had a fundraiser because we need a new air conditioner to replace one that was stolen. However the temps are in the 60’s so we don’t need it on Wednesday, October 1, when the club will host the reenactors of the brutal journey taken by Patriots in 1780. At this location the Overmountain men rested for a couple days before riding hard to counter the Royalist threat on their homes. They caught them on Kings Mountain. Thomas Jefferson suggested this was the turning point in the Revolutionary War. (See Chap 5 of the Nanney Saga: Overmountain Men)
There will be a play debut of “Liberty Hill,” written by one of my favorite novelists, Robert Inman, performed at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, SC, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5. Visitors can also take advantage of the video and museum at Kings Mountain National Military Park. And walk the 1-1/2 mile Battlefield trail that takes visitors along the Patriot position from which they launched an attack on the ridge.
There is always lots to do. I understand we only get one day at a time, so I intend to enjoy mine. And yes, that includes reading the history of the Nanneys. Why? I don’t know.