Tea Party Winners: Vicki Talley McCollum's Never Say Goodbye, A National Park Romance novella goes to: Caryl Kane, Deanne Patterson, Deana Dick, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winners Beverly Duell-Moore and Cindy Pratt, Roseanna White's winners - Betti Mace, Gabrielle Meyer's winners -, Deb Marvin's paperback winner - Rachel Dodson

Monday, August 21, 2017

Georgia's Two Federal Roads: The Cherokee Trading Path

by Denise Weimer

Traveling around my home state of Georgia as a young person, I noticed numerous historical markers mentioning “The Old Federal Road.” Turns out, there were actually two such roads. Around the time the century turned from eighteenth to nineteenth, the U.S. government used treaties with Creek and Cherokee Indians to widen existing trails. One followed the Lower Creek Trading Path to Alabama, and the other followed the Cherokee Trading Path to Tennessee. 

The Cherokee Trading Path:

Inland-bound travelers from the coast used the road from Savannah to Athens. If they wished to continue north c. 1804, they left the control of the Federal government around present-day Flowery Branch, crossing the Chattahoochee River into the Cherokee Nation at Vann’s Ferry. Cherokee leader James Vann leased the right to run the ferry to various settlers from 1805 until his murder in 1809, when his son Joe took over until 1820.   In current Murray County, the trail climbed past Vann’s 1,000-acre plantation and a tavern where travelers could partake of grog from a walk-up window. 

1804 Chief Vann House

Past Two Mile Creek and Six Mile Creek, Coal Mountain and Hightower (or Frogtown), the house of entertainment ran by Jacob Scudder received censure by the Cherokee. Lewis Blackburn and Thomas Buffington owned taverns on up the trail. 

In the rugged mountains east of Tate, Georgia, in 1836, a man named Henry Fitzsimmons guzzled a little too much moonshine. Evicted from the stagecoach, in a fateful reversal of fortune, the Irish stone cutter noticed an interesting rock outcropping. He stayed to purchase land and start the marble industry in Georgia. 

1920s Tate House of GA Pink Marble

 The northern Old Federal Road continued to Talking Rock and Blalock Mountain to the Coosawattee Old Town and Cherokee Town. At Ramhurst, one fork took travelers north to Knoxville, while the other fork took them northwest to Spring Place, Ross’ Landing/Chattanooga and Nashville.

Do you enjoy rambles along historic highways? Are there any good ones near you?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tea Party - New Releases June-August 2016 from CQ Authors

Tea Party - New Releases June-August 2016 from CQ Authors -- Join us as we "Time Slip" through a wonderful Tea Party!

Sit Down to our Virtual Tea Party At The Grand Hotel!

We're in 1895 for this novel! My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring (Barbour Publishing, July 2017), received a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Reviews for July!

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! Sign up for her newsletter here.

Tea Time Table Top at the Grand Hotel -- Sit down and enjoy with our authors!

Set immediately after the Civil War, in Kansas. Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands a Two-time ECPA Bestseller (so far!) 2017. Released in June from Barbour Publishing. This collection is set in a single location with stories revolving around a husband-acquiring scheme. Includes novellas from Carrie Fancett Pagels and Gina Welborn (CQ/CACW members) as well as stories from Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, and Patti Smith Hall.

Tea Time Treats from the Grand Hotel -- They're delicious! Help yourself!

And now we've slipped to 1914, Cornwall, England--on the brink of the first World War. A tale of a thief out to steal the name of a reclusive gentleman of German descent, A Name Unknown released from Bethany House in July and was also a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews!

Roseanna M. White is the author of over a dozen novels, ranging from biblical fiction to Edwardian tales of romance and suspense. When not writing, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. She and her family make their home in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Check out more about her, her books, and get signed copies through her shop at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

New from Gabrielle Meyer:

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection, recently on the ECPA Bestseller list, released in July 2017 from Barbour Publishers. This collection features stories by Gabrielle Meyer, Michelle Griep, Erica Vetsch, Suzie Dietze, Anne Love, Natalie Monk, Jennifer Uhlarick, Jaime Jo Wright, and Kathleen Y'Barbo.

Love Flourishes during America’s Gilded Age

Journey along in nine historical romances with those whose lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new opportunities for leisure activities, taking advantage of economic growth and new inventions, and more. Watch as these romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

Inherited: Unexpected Family released in August 2017 from Love Inspired Historical and was given a four star review from RT. This is the second in the Little Falls Legacy series.

An Unexpected Partnership

After arriving in Minnesota Territory with her sisters to claim their late father's hotel, Elizabeth Bell is shocked to learn her inheritance comes with a handsome co-owner. After too long working for a domineering boss, Elizabeth yearns to be in control—of the hotel and her life. But Jude Allen won't sell his share, and Elizabeth refuses to leave.

Rescuing soiled doves and giving them hotel jobs is Jude's way of redeeming his past. He's counting on rough frontier life driving his new business partner away before she learns the scandalous truth and demands he stop his mission. But he may have underestimated Elizabeth…and the power of love to turn a complication into a bright new beginning.

Gabrielle Meyer lives on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. Her next book, The Gift of Twins, will release in December with Love Inspired Historical. To learn more, visit www.gabriellemeyer.com, or join her on Facebook here, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter here.

Have some tea! What kind would you like? We have a large assortment!

Debra E. Marvin's first novel-length fiction happens to be a switch in genre, too! The Case of the Clobbered Cad released Aug 1st from Journey Fiction. With many places to sleuth along with Debra, her website is a great place to start! I haven't had tea at the Grand Hotel yet, but here I am with high tea in Edinburgh, Scotland with my co-hort in crime, Mari Ross! I'm giving away a paperback to one commenter on the blog. (Entries as of 9pm eastern time on Sat Aug 19)
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

Never Say Goodbye (Forget-Me-Not Romances)
by Vicki Talley McCollum
We've Time Slipped ahead to 1911 to this new novella from Vicki. Never Say Goodbye is available in Kindle format. In 1911, Maddie Smith travels from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park with her sister to visit Lucy’s fiancĂ©, a park photographer. They arrive to find him missing. Maddie joins Captain Cole Rawlings on his search for the missing fiancĂ©, despite his adamant resistance. Never Say Goodbye is a National Park Romance Novella collection by Forget Me Not Romances.

Congress established Yellowstone as the world’s first National Park in 1872. It is home to 67 species of mammals, including the grizzly bear, the endangered gray wolf, and now 5,000 American buffalo, returned to the park from only 25 in the early 1900s. The Park draws over 3 million visitors annually, encompasses 2.2 million acres, and boasts 250 active geysers.

My character, Captain Cole Rawlings, represents one of the U. S. Army soldiers that protected and managed the Park and its visitors from 1886 until 1916, when management was given to the new National Park Service. (However, Cole tells Maddie that he is joining the NPS in 1911, due to my story’s setting, when the newly renovated Canyon Hotel celebrated its Grand Opening.)

Vicki Talley McCollum grew up in Atlanta, reading romance magazines her sister and aunts left around the house. She discovered Christian romances, fell in love with them, and later edited them as a freelance editor. Her first novella, Love Letter from Vietnam, Christmas Letters Collection is on Amazon. She’s thrilled with her newest novella, Never Say Goodbye, A National Park Romance Novella. Both are published by Forget Me Not Romances. Feel free to e-mail Vicki at vickimccollum@gmail.com. Check my Amazon author’s page and Pinterest for Never Say Goodbye and Love Letter from Vietnam and Twitter at twitter.com@mccollum_vicki

Do join us all for Tea Time!
We have a Facebook party from 5-7 PM Friday night, August 18th (click here) so stop by to chat with authors. Also, please leave comments on this blog post for our giveaways!

GIVEAWAYS: Roseanna is giving away a copy of A Name Unknown. Gabrielle is giving away a copy of Of Rags and Riches and Inherited: Unexpected Family. Carrie is giving away A copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands and My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring. Three (3) give away copies of Never Say Goodbye to three readers who comment on Colonial Quills Blog! Leave a comment on this post to enter!

We hope you'll enjoy this high tea at the Grand Hotel and the Time Slip around to the various time periods of these stories by our Colonial Quills contributors! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

This Month in Colonial History: August

May I present the August edition of interesting and notable happenings during the colonial and early Federal eras ...

1:  Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), composer of “The Star Spangled Banner,” is born.

1:  The first U.S. Census is completed. There are four million people in the U.S. in 1790.

1:  Slavery is abolished in Jamaica, where it had been introduced by the Spanish in 1509. (1838)

2:  Most of the 55 members of the Continental Congress sign the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia. (1776)
1490 map by Bartolomeo and Christopher Columbus
3:  “Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Seeking a westerly route to the Far East, he instead landed on October 12th in the Bahamas, thinking it was an outlying Japanese island.” (1492)

4:  Dom Perignon invents champagne. (1693)

5:  First British colony in North America claimed by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, in the St. John’s harbor area of Newfoundland.

5:  Birth of John Eliot (1604-1690), "Apostle to the Indians." The first Bible printed in America was his translation of the Bible into a native language.

6-10:  The Constitutional Convention’s Great Debate. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution. (1787)

7:  President Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart. (1782)

7:  Through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government takes over the creation and maintenance of the nations' lighthouses. (1789)

8:  The Daughters of the American Revolution organization is created. (1890)

10:  The village of Chicago is incorporated. (1833)

12:  Metacom, leader of the Pokanokets, a tribe within the Wampanoag Indian Federation, is assassinated, resulting in the end of a two-year uprising known now as “King Philip's War.” (1676)

16:  The Battle of Bennington in Vermont ... local militiamen and Massachusetts troops wipe out a detachment of 800 German-Hessians sent by British General Burgoyne to seize horses. (1777)

16:  The Battle of Camden in South Carolina ... major defeat for Continentals under General Gates by troops of British General Charles Cornwallis, resulting in 900 Americans killed and 1,000 captured. (1780)

17:  Birth of American frontiersman Davy Crockett (1786-1836) in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Died at the Alamo.

18:  Birth of Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) near Charlottesville, Virginia.

24:  St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris and throughout France. Thousands of Protestant Huguenots died at the hands of Catholics. (1572)

24-25:  The Battle of Bladensburg, in defense of Washington, D.C. The Capitol, White House, and many other buildings, public and private, are burned by the British in retaliation for the American burning of York (Toronto). Participants in the defense of D.C. include a 100-man detachment from the Marines. (1814)

28:  Birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, author of the dramatic poem Faust, completed in 1831.

28:  Birth of the first American-born Roman Catholic saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821; born as Elizabeth Ann Bayley) in New York. Founder of the first American Catholic religious order, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, and the an elementary school in Baltimore, marking the beginning of the parochial school system in the U.S in 1809.

29:  Birth of John Locke (1632-1704) in Wrington, England. Son of Puritans, this physician, philosopher, and essayist would deeply influence the Whig cause of England and all of Western thought.

29:  Sinking of the British battleship Royal George, resulting in the drowning of 900 men. (1792)

29:  Birth of physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

30:  Birth of author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) in London.

31:  Beginning of Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts, by ex-Revolutionary War Captain Daniel Shays leading an armed mob, to prevent the Northampton Court from holding a session to try and imprison debtors, mostly poor ex-soldier farmers. (1786)

As always, my thanks to The History Place, Holiday Insights, and Marine Corps University. And Wikipedia. :)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Museum of the American Revolution

I recently visited the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia which had its grand opening in April of this year. It really was a wonderful museum which depicted the War of Independence from its onset to its glorious victory. It was thrilling to see the familiar, as it began with an exhibits in Boston and Lexington and Concord. After all, I grew up in Massachusetts and had heard all about this all my life. But to see artifacts and such, I felt honored to be there. All in all, there was a broad overview of the Revolution, yet so many details were highlighted. I enjoyed the fact that representations of all peoples, nations, and genders, involved were exhibited. What impressed me was that throughout the museum what they did was not only tell the story of the American Revolution, but stories of the people involved. It was truly fascinating!

Here are a few photos so you can have a peek inside, of course there is so much more to see. Perhaps you can visit sometime. It is definitely worth the trip! (Be sure to click on the images to open up to a larger size to read the text on some of them.)

In the entrance of the Museum of the American Revolution are displayed these costumes which were worn in the TV drama, Turn. Although, I do wish they'd get mannequins with wigs and hats and boots. :)

The exhibits were all on the upper level, with the gift shop, etc. on the lower. A beautiful art gallery was in the upper rotunda. There were two theaters upstairs. These presentations included the Battle of Brandywine and one with an actual view of George Washington's war tent (sorry, no photo).

Pulling down King George III's Statue
The above depicts bringing down the statue of King George III. On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read in publicly in front of George Washington in New York City. A crowd went to Bowling Green in Manhattan where the angry mob pulled down the King's statue no longer willing to serve the crown.

Liberty Tree exhibit. Photo credit Blue Cadet.
  This stunning exhibit has a beautiful, life size Liberty Tree in the center. All around are stories and artifacts that help explain why Independence became such an important issue for the people and what measures they took in peaceful resistance to England before the war began.

Continental soldier
Joseph Plumb Martin left his grandsire's farm in Connecticut wanted to prove that he was as "warm a patriot as the best of them" and joined the thousands of teenagers in Washington's Army.

British soldier

Snowball fight at Harvard Yard
  This scene depicts George Washington breaking up a snowball fight at Harvard Yard among Continental soldiers during the Siege of Boston in 1775. The fight started when the young soldiers from Marblehead, Massachusetts saw the white, ruffled and fringed shirts of a unit of Virginians pass by and ridiculed them. Gen. Washington, needless to say, showed up at that moment and put an immediate stop to the hurling of insults and snowballs!

Francis Merrifield Bible
I was impressed by this Bible in the New England Soldiers exhibit. It belonged to Ipswich soldier, Francis Merrifield, who immediately after surviving the Battle of Bunker Hill inscribed the following:  "Cambridge June 17, 1775. I desire to bless God for his Kind apirince [appearance] in delivering me and sparing my life in the late battle fought on Bunker's Hill. I desire to devote this spared life to His glory and honour. In witness, my hand, Francis Merrifield."

Brothers Charles Wilson Peale and James Peale were both portrait artists. James served as an officer and served in the Maryland Continentals. His unit has suffered severe casualties at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. When James reunited with his brother on the banks of the Delaware, Charles barely recognized him.

American prisoners kept at the State House in Philadelphia, PA.
During the early months of British occupation, a detachment of British grenadiers lived in the lower level of the State House (Independence Hall). Nearly 70 captured and wounded American officers were held on the floor above. Civilians who visited the prisoners were deeply affected by their suffering. Many Quaker women would bring food, drink, and medicine to the prisoners. Despite this, Quakers were often accused of harboring Loyalist sympathies since they were pacifists.

Hessian soldier

British Dragoons
Native Americans allies or foes?
 Some Native Americans allied with the British while others fought alongside the Americans.

We desire you will hear and receive what we have now told you, and that you will open a good ear and listen to what we are now going to say. This is a family quarrel between us and Old England. You Indians are not concerned in it. We don't wish you to take up the hatchet against the king's troops. We desire you to remain at home, and not join on either side, but keep the hatchet buried deep." —The Second Continental Congress, Speech to the Six Nations, July 13, 1775

Generations of Revolution
 This wall of Generations of Revolution in Photographs includes those who have made a difference in the cause of liberty in our nation's history. The large picture on the right with the man in the bicorne hat is of George Fishley. His photograph was taken along with thirteen other last men of the American Revolution, also featured here. This exhibit closes with mirrors at adult and child height to peer into and see a reflection of another generation of those who can influence revolution for liberty!

I hope you enjoy this little tour of the Museum of the American Revolution. Have you had a chance to visit it yet? What other historical museums have you visited that left a lasting impression on you?

New Englander Carla Gade writes from her Victorian home in central Maine. With ten books in print she enjoys bringing her tales to life with historically authentic settings and characters. An avid reader, amateur genealogist, photographer, and house plan hobbyist, Carla's great love (next to her family) is historical research. Though you might find her tromping around an abandoned homestead, an old fort, or interviewing a docent at an historical museum, it's easier to connect with her online.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Tory's Daughter - Hearts at War book 3!

Hello, all! I was glancing over past posts and one year ago to the week was my cover reveal for book 2 of my Hearts at War series. I am very excited to now introduce you to book 3 which will release this winter!

Burying his wife is the hardest thing Joseph Garnet has ever done. Then he is called to leave his young son and baby daughter to fight Iroquois raiders. When Joseph tackles one of the marauders trying to steal his horse, the last thing he expects is to end up tussling with a female. The girl is wounded, leaving Joseph little choice but to haul her home to heal—an act that seems all too familiar.

Though Joseph doesn’t appear to remember her, Hannah Cunningham could never forget him. He rode with the mob that forced her two brothers into the Continental Army and drove her family from their home—all because of her father’s loyalties to The Crown. After five years with her mother’s tribe, starvation and the rebels have left her nothing but the driving need to find her brothers.

Compelled by a secret he’s held for too long, Joseph agrees to help Hannah find what remains of her family. Though she begins to steal into his aching heart, he knows the truth will forever stand between them. Some things cannot be forgiven.

The Tory's Daughter is set in 1781 and takes us back to the Mohawk Valley where our story started with The Scarlet Coat. If you haven't began this series, I hope you pop over to your favorite book distributor and take a look. :) 

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