Thursday, July 30, 2015

Marietta City Cemetery Founded in 1831

Marietta City Cemetery is less than a mile from the famous Marietta Square in Georgia. I've driven by it countless times and finally decided to stop by.

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Some of the most influential families from the area are buried there. The Chastains, Samfords, Whitlocks and Dobbins among many others.
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In 1913 Mary Phagan who at the age of 13 was murdered in the Atlanta Pencil Factory is buried there. Leo Frank was convicted and then lynched for that murder but was found not guilty and posthumously pardoned in 1986. A very sad time in the history of Marietta.

Photo of Mary Phagan from the AJC
This cemetery has a slave section which was unusual for the times. Although there are several slaves buried there only four are named. They were servants of Mrs. Eliza G. Robarts; Clarissa, Hannah, Nancy and Peggy.

Here is a convenient  web site that shows you who is buried where in the cemetery. You can also find a map for trees, plots as well as grave markers.

Red Cedar photo credit: CK Worley
The cemetery is full of Water Oaks, Pecan, Cedar, Cherry Laurel, Sugar Maple, Magnolia, Black Locust and Mulberry trees. Many are old and very impressive.

You can also participate in the many Marietta Ghost Tours including a Ghost Pub Crawl. You can find information by following this link.

In 1863 the land began to be used to to bury Confederate war dead. And since Marietta was a major hospital town for the Confederacy the occupancy of this cemetery began to rise quickly. Marietta National Cemetery includes the bodies of men who died on both sides during The Atlanta Campaign and The March to the Sea.

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They even have a cannon that was captured by Shermans men on their March to the Sea displayed on the property. It was returned to the city in 1910.
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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Friday, July 17, 2015

Martha Berry and Oak Hill

Did you know that the Carmichael House in the movie Sweet Home Alabama was actually the Martha Berry house Oak Hill? The house is located in Rome Georgia.

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I visited there today with Gay, Stephanie and Barb. We had a great time with our tour guide Crystal Linsenbigler who did a fantastic job!

Photo Credit: Crystal Linsenbigler

Oak Hill Gardens seem straight out of the old movies. Robert Cridland designed the gardens. He is also credited with other projects like the Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt rose garden at Hyde Park and the Cator Woolford gardens in Atlanta as well as Avondale Estates.

The Martha Berry estate consists of a sunken garden, goldfish garden, sundial garden, and formal garden. It also has a Bridal Walk where after a couple gets engaged they walk amongst the rose arbors to make their first wish as a couple.

Photo Credit: CK Worley
In the 1930’s the Emperor of Japan gave Martha Berry Kwanzan cherry trees which now grace the sunken garden. Just look how large the trunks are!

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After Martha died in 1942 and time wore on the gardens fell into disrepair.

In 2012 a box filled with the original landscape designs from Robert Cridland were found and work began to renovate and landscape the property to its original glory. The goal is to restore the gardens to their 1935 appearance.

Today the gardens are maintained by staff with assistance from Berry College students.

Martha McChesney Berry was born in 1865 and grew up with five sisters, two brothers, and three Berry cousins, whose parents were deceased. Being a devout Episcopalian, she started teaching Sunday school lessons to poor children in the area from her cabin office.

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Inspired by the desire to help the poor “mountain” children of landowners and tenants, she then  started a school for boys called “Boys’ Industrial School” in 1902. Inspired by a challenge from Theodore Roosevelt, she also started a school for girls in 1909.

In 1926, she established Berry Junior College, which in 1930 expanded into a four-year school. The Martha Berry School for Girls closed in 1956.  The boys’ high school was renamed Mount Berry School for Boys, and in 1962 it became Berry Academy, which was closed in 1983 when Berry College incorporated.

Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison were among Berry’s largest donors toward the growth of her school.

Martha asked Henry Ford to donate to her school. He was so tired of people asking him for donations that he handed her 10 cents. So she wrote him a thank you note for the money. Then she took the 10 cents and she and her students planted then re-planted peanuts. Martha sold the crops for $600.  She then wrote to Mr. Ford telling him what she had done with the dime and thanked him for his generous donation of $600. He was so impressed with what she had done that he ended up being one of the schools most generous benefactors. Funding a complex of buildings that became the girls school, donating tractors for the farm and cars for the academy.

The house and gardens are something to see. I would recommend the trip.You can get the location and hours of operation from the link below. And while your there tool around Berry campus. It's a beautiful facility where the deer outnumber the students 4-1!

If you ever wonder what one person can do, Martha Berry's life is a wonderful example to learn from. Years after her death she is still changing many lives for the better.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Blueberry Ice Cream

Making ice cream is so easy and simple. It’s a great way to use some of those summer berries. Plus, you can pronounce every ingredient in it. That’s a big plus these days.

I made some blueberry ice cream today. I used an electric ice cream maker.

Here is the ingredient list.

2 pints blueberries (one frozen one fresh)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix 1 pint blueberries, sugars, cinnamon, whipping cream, half and half and vanilla extract in a bowl.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker.
Add ice and rock salt as instructed.

After 10 minutes add the frozen berries.

Hint - freeze berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen you can place them in a bowl to store. Otherwise they will stick together and not make for the perfect combination of berries and cream.

After another 10 minutes your ice cream is ready to soft serve. Place in an air tight container in the freezer and take out 15 minutes before serving to soften.

So good and fresh. You can make ice cream out of anything you have lots of. Mint ice cream is amazing. Use your doTERRA peppermint or spearmint essential oil. You can even try exotic blends such as rosemary and wild orange!

Let your imagination fly. And have a cool summer!

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