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Monday, October 31, 2011

Here Lies Peter Pruitt

In the middle of an upscale neighborhood,
in rural North Georgia,
sets a very small, 
seemingly forgotten,

Multitudes of neighbors 
drive past this tiny cemetery on a daily basis, 
without casting a glance.

I wonder how many neighbors,
if any,
know anything about who rests here.

The cemetery is surrounded
by a decades, aged iron fence.

Each post,
acting with its brother as sentries, 
 protects the precious contents within.

Always in formation, 
they have served their duty well.

A family plot,
high on a hill, in God's country,
shaded by Oak trees.

No head stones at first, 
just a few rocks,
marked the remains of a family
who should not have been in Georgia.

You see, this family,
a family of Cherokee Indians, 
lived with the whites
and shouldn't be here~

~here in this cemetery~

~here when they died.

no one knows exactly,
they were not forced, 
like the others,
to leave Georgia
during the Indian Removal Act
and travel the Trail of Tears.

Between 1790 and 1830 the population of Georgia increased six-fold. The western push of the settlers created a problem. Georgians continued to take Native American lands and force them into the frontier.

Cherokee had long called western Georgia home. The Cherokee Nation continued in their enchanted land until 1828. It was then that the rumored gold, for which De Soto had relentlessly searched, was discovered in the North Georgia mountains.

The Cherokees in 1828 were not nomadic savages. In fact, they had assimilated many European-style customs, including the wearing of gowns by Cherokee women. They built roads, schools and churches, had a system of representational government, and were farmers and cattle ranchers.

 In 1830 the Congress of the United States passed the "Indian Removal Act." Although many Americans were against the act, most notably Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett, it passed anyway.

In one of the saddest episodes of our brief history, men, women, and children were taken from their land, herded into makeshift forts with minimal facilities and food, then forced to march a thousand miles.

 About 4000 Cherokee died as a result of the removal. The route they traversed and the journey itself became known as "The Trail of Tears" or, as a direct translation from Cherokee, "The Trail Where They Cried" ("Nunna daul Tsuny"). 

The descendents of Abraham Helton, 
Cherokee Indian,
otherwise known as 
John OWL, 
lie here. 

More than a century after their deaths, 
and yet, still decades ago,
a monument marker 
was placed in their memory.

A daughter, Malinda (Melinda) Helton, 
married a Peter Pruitt (Prewitt) in 1853.
Peter joined the 
Confederate States Army,
July, 1st, 1862.
He was captured 
during the Battle of Champion Hill, 
Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1863,
and became a prisoner of war ~

~ to be paroled, July, 1863.

I am not sure if he remained 
in the CSA 
or was sent home, 
but he died shortly after 
the war ended on January 25, 1866,
at the young age of 35.

Here lies Peter Pruitt,
a six foot, 4 inch tall, 
brown hair, gray eyed,
Civil War Veteran,
who fought for his way of life,
and loved his wife and family.

A family whose roots came from
those who inhabited this land
by birth and who by the
Grace of God
were "allowed" or "left" 
to live their lives here.

As I was leaving
the cemetery,
it began to rain ~

and seemed so appropriate,
as I thought of the Trail of Tears,
and the Indians who suffered so much ~

~ and the sadness 
Melinda Pruitt must have felt 
at losing her husband at such a young age.

I will never drive by this cemetery again,
without nodding my head in respect,
praying for the repouse of their souls,
and remembering this, often times,
overlooked family and their resting place.

Resting, literally feet,
from twentieth century homes ~

~ Here lies Peter Pruitt ~
~ the Helton Family ~
the descendents of 
"John" OWL ~

~ May they Rest in Peace ~

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Country Living Fair

I waffled!
I waffled some more!
So I woke up late, 10am, and thought,
 I'll go Sunday.

No, there won't be much left
I really should just's a beautiful day!

So by the time I called a friend, 
showered, got ready, pulled out a tote bag 
and my wire cart, 
stopped to get gas and then on to the bank...
picked up my friend,
and drove an hour and a half~

~I arrived at the Country Living Fair ~ Glorious!

It was just before 2:30pm...
and they closed at 5pm!
So I shopped fast and
snapped a ton of pics and had an awesome time.

I will definitely go back next year....
and plan on shopping ALL three days!

Even so, 
I was able to cover A LOT of ground!!

I did not get around to all of them
but have quite a few to share with you.
I met some wonderful, 
friendly vendors and shoppers and
saw some amazing wares!  
Let's go for a stroll, shall we?

Hope you are wearing comfortable shoes!

There's a lot to see!

The Charming Cherub  ~

Unchanging Grace  ~  270-842-1855  ~

Cottage Farm Chic  ~  678-480-8970  ~  Beverly Norris, Owner

Artworks by Karen Fincannon  ~  770-557-0666  ~

Pamela Hall  ~  770-931-0644

House About It  ~  Jill Clow, Owner  ~  404-561-5884  ~

Shari Replogle Designs  ~

Silhouettes and Scherenschnitte  ~  Wendy Schultz Wubbels  ~  ~  757-291-3772


The Potting Shed  ~  Carole Berg  ~  404-401-6531
Lakewood 400 Antiques Market  ~

Vikki Fraker  ~  770-366-1039

Bas Gallery of Gifts  ~  630-548-4003

The Art of Bonny Rochester

A Creative Touch by Janet Cleary  ~  610-277-4862

 folk, funk & whimsy  ~  tammi floyd  ~  262-321-0758

grit and grace  ~  Natalie Hayes  ~  678-378-0644

 Jenni Horne  ~  678-910-9747  ~

Kathleen Taylor Studio  ~  678-339-0960  ~

La Casita Home Decor  ~
Luz and Hernando Punto  ~  813-313-8002

The Little Art Studio  ~  Rebecca Stewart  ~  270-991-6475  ~

Parsley Pottery  ~  513-821-0696  ~

  ~  205-937-0064

Sandy Erickson Wright  ~

Silhouettes and More  ~  Jan Blough  ~  810-750-2067

The Mill Branch Bar Soap Company  ~  Brenda Harvey  ~  ~

Twist Style  ~  Maryellen Kim, Owner  ~  804-796-7999  ~

vikki paints  ~  Vikki Mancil Weigel  ~  706-325-6558  ~

 Bloomsbury Loft - Bohemian Market  ~  
Judith Mercado  ~  614-477-8003  ~

 The Painted Fern  ~  Jocelyn O'Gorman  ~

French Harvest ~  
located at Queen of Hearts Antique Mall  ~ Alpharetta, Georgia
Ingredients For Your Home ~  Natalie Silver  ~

 Gathered Comforts  ~
 Shannon Shelby - 270-853-6988  ~  Julie Bailey - 618-638-4397

Happy Chair  ~  Shawna Robinson  ~  704-618-1960

South Porch Antiques  ~
Patrick Kenny - 585-721-3405  ~  Karen Kenny - 585-727-5432

Thank You to all the wonderful vendors 
who allowed me to take photos!

Here is a link to all the vendors and their information: 

To my disappointment,
there were quite a few who would not allow it,
in fear of ideas being copied.

I understand their concerns,
but would have loved 
to share with you
 their creations and beautiful booths!

I missed at least a third of the fair,
but watch out next year ~ 
I may just have 200 shots to share!

This is the view of Stone Mountain 
as we left Stone Mountain Park -
beautiful day, beautiful surroundings!

I am so glad I went!