Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Steps into the Past

The landscape of the past still exists
The best part of tracing ancestors is the steps which we take into the past.  Every trip that we take is an adventure into the landscape of long ago.   There is so much to discover there...how they lived  and coped with the history of their times.  Once you get out into the country, neighbors have information for you.  They remember happenings and stories which were passed down, as well as little details about where certain families resided.  On one of my trips to Virginia, I discovered details concerning the actual pre-revolutionary war home of my ancestor from a person renting the old structure. Allowed inside, I saw the old field stone fireplace and hearth as well as the narrow staircase to the second floor.  He told me of old slate tombstones which once occupied the barn, having fallen to the ground and I was taken to the site of the family burial ground buried in the thick of the woods.

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