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Most cool thing about Martinsville - 17
10/25/01     Gael Marshall Chaney  (1970)      gmchaney@alumni.duke.edu
This is an old high school (sort of) memory. I went to Phillips Exeter Academy for summer school between junior & senior years at Mavahi. Everybody kind of looked down on my small Southern hometown. But one day when a girl from San Diego said her high school was named "Patrick Henry" (instead of "JFK" like the students wanted), I said, "Everything where I live is named 'Patrick Henry.'" She asked why, and I said "Oh, he used to live around there." They didn't say anything after that. I found out a few years ago that the whole Chatmoss area once was part of Patrick Henry's land, so the house Smith and I have lived in for nearly 25 years is on land that once belonged to Patrick Henry.

If you haven't read the book "The Hairstons: an American Family in Black and White," you ought to. Some of the stuff the author was so astonished about, we grew up knowing.
 
10/26/01     PAULA BAUGHAN  (1966)      tomhawthorne@yahoo.com
Re: Most cool thing about Martinsville
GAEL, A MEMBER OF MY CLASS [66], CHARLES BLUNT WROTE A BOOK ABOUT PATRICK HENRY. I CAN'T FIND MY COPY, BUT I THINK THE NAME OF IT IS "PATRICK HENRY, THE HENRY COUNTY YEARS". YOU MAY FIND THAT INTERESTING ALSO.
06/30/09     Pat Carpenito  (1970)      pcarpenito@comcast.net
Re: Most cool thing about Martinsville
Gail,

Thanks for recommending "The Hairstons: an American Family in Black and White." I enjoyed reading every page.
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