Cleaning up. It is not easy for me to write about this period of Green Mont’s history. Here goes. When I moved to California in the summer 1995, I didn’t really have a plan for myself, let alone a plan for Green Mont. The 1986-1988 house reconstruction effort had been sidelined and bundled under tarps…… Continue reading Green Mont, Chapter 3, 1995-2015
I have had a very fuzzy copy of this photo in my possession for many years and I knew what it was of…but I didn’t know who most of the subjects were. When we had a little organizing meeting before the reunion back in February 2017, Bev Coffman arrived with a few treasures and among…… Continue reading November 9, 1909
Transcribed and edited by William F. Rust III (February, 2017) [Editorial note: The notes were written in pencil in a small pocket calendar diary. A few minor spelling errors have been corrected, and punctuation has been added throughout, since there are practically no commas, periods, or capital letters in the original ms. by RBLF, whose…… Continue reading Diary of Richard Bland Lee Fleming’s trip to Scotland and England in 1866.
…as remembered by Beverley Carter Coffman. “Sam” was born at Ravenscroft on July 17, 1921. His father, Samuel Henley Carter (called Henley), was managing the Ravenscroft farm while his mother, Frances Fleming Carter, was in charge of supervising the construction of the home. The Ravenscroft property was owned by Frances’ Uncle Rob Downman (the younger…… Continue reading Samuel Henley Carter, Jr
My friend and cousin, Mike Harris, died rather suddenly on April 24. Mike’s wife, Bonnie, brought the family together at the home they had built together. I had never been there before. In fact, I had not seen my dear friend since I had moved to California some 20 years ago, about the same time…… Continue reading Minor Sadler “Mike” Harris Jr.
I know only bits and pieces of Lomax Gwathmey: newspaper clippings saved by adoring Fleming great aunts; some heresay regarding his last years and untimely death; and, just recently, I received a few photographs of him as a very young boy at Green Mont that came through Mike Harris from his mother’s photo albums. …… Continue reading Lomax Gwathmey Jr.
Several days ago the Warrenton Cemetery was vandalized. Some 50 gravestones were toppled in the older part of the cemetery. There was no apparent motive and there was no evidence that it was a “hate” crime. It was just a crime of disgraceful disrespect and incivility. I went by to see if there had been…… Continue reading The Fleming Plot