Posted on May 2, 2018
The Puckett cabin at milepost 189.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a tribute to the midwife Orlean Hawks Puckett. She had little education and married John Puckett at 16.
Puckett gave birth to and lost 24 children. Many were stillborn and the rest died in infancy. Many believe she symbolizes the strength of the Appalachian woman. Several theories exist today about why Orlean’s was unable to carry a pregnancy to term.
In 1889, when Orlean was in her 50s, a neighbor went into labor and no doctor could be found. This began her career as a midwife, and for the next 50 years, she traveled the Virginia countryside, never charging for her services. She was known for her compassion and skill. In more than 1,000 deliveries, she never lost a mother or a baby. Orlean delivered her last baby at age 94, and died in 1939. This cabin was her last home.
Orlean moved from her home in 1939 because of the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, she died three short weeks afterward. A small cabin on her property was preserved by the National Park Service, and is known to be Puckett Cabin.
Continuing her legacy, the Orlean Hawks Puckett Institute, in Asheville, North Carolina, works to promote and strengthen child, parent, and family development.
Posted on December 17, 2017
My youngest daughter, who mastered in history, (sorry I had to get that in) and I visited Colonial Williamsburg this weekend. The last time we were in Williamsburg together she participated in the colonial American Girl doll, Felicity, tour and tea. Colonial Williamsburg hasn’t changed; then again, how could it? 🙂
Since everyone counts steps… we walked 18,000 steps on Friday and 12,000 steps on Saturday throughout Colonial Williamsburg .. my dogs were barking! But so worth the visit …
Friday we had a wonderful lunch at Josiah Chownings Tavern and at Kings Arm’s Tavern on Saturday. At Kings Arm’s Tavern we enjoyed our peanut soup while being serenade with Christmas carols from these 2 entertaining guys:
At R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and Stage we enjoyed a cup of velvety chocolate.
We toured the Governor’s Palace, Courthouse, Capitol, Magazine, Bruton Parish Church, the Public Gaol and so much more in very random order. Here is a snippet of the sights throughout Colonial Williamsburg.
Posted on July 5, 2016
“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!” — Owen Lee Pomeroy
The first Saturday in July is the Oriental, North Carolina Croaker Parade. A fun hometown parade that features Miss Minnow, the Croaker Queen, the Pamlico County Community Band, and other clever entries that support the year’s theme. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit”, was exciting to watch. Broad, the main drag in Oriental, and Hodges Streets are lined with families, of all different configurations, waving flags, cheering participants, and catching penny candy tossed their way by those riding or walking in the parade. This fun hometown parade could have been an episode scripted right out of the Andy Griffith Show — now that and some of the wonderful entries are some sweet nostalgia!
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From Maryland and sometimes North Carolina, where land and sea meet the sky.
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