"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bowling Green

 

Our small part of the World is filled with historic sites of the past four hundred years, or so.  You don’t have to travel very far to find some link to the past.  A few days ago, I found myself West of Woodville, MS.  Woodville is a  town with a rich history in itself, but I drove right through without stopping.  Found myself at Fort Adams.  A fort constructed on the Mississippi River around 1800 to serve as the port of entry for the United States before we acquired New Orleans.  A town sprang up around the fort, but not much there now except the little Catholic church.  The flood or 2011 wasn’t kind to the area, and repairs are still to be made.

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The locations history goes back even farther.  Remember the French explorer, LaSalle?

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My real reason for the trip was to locate an old cemetery that I had stumbled across years ago.  I remembered a narrow gravel road, but that was about all.  Luckily the roads all have names now, thanks to 911, and Bowling Green road rang a bell in the old noggin’ as I drove past.

The cemetery is all that remains of Bowling Green plantation.  The home was destroyed by Union soldiers during the Civil War, even though the owner was a strong supporter of the Union. 

All that remains of the magnificent home which was across from the cemetery.

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Let’s take a stroll.

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“A man of strong mental grasp, wholly cultivated, wholly redeemed. A servant of Christ, a son of God. A light in his household, a treasure of sympathy to his friends. With the wisdom of age, enjoying the sensibility of youth. And, glorifying God by displaying in his daily life the triple nobility of Nature, Culture, and Faith.  THUS LIVED THE MAN.”

What a testament.  Too bad the leaders of today can’t live to that high standard.

I spent nearly an hour here, just sitting, walking, and listening to the sounds of this small cemetery.  Yes, it was speaking…….jc

7 comments:

  1. I know what you mean...I like to just sit and listen as History "talks to me"...thanks for sharing...great photo's!...Horst sends

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  2. Jerry, that was a beautiful, evocative, moving tour. And yes, wouldn't it be nice if we saw more epitaphs like that?

    Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  3. What a cool cemetery! I love those old head stones. Then there's the neat fence! Also the history there. What a great place to just sit and think for a bit!
    Merry Christmas and safe travels for the new year!

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