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On a bluff overlooking the valley of 1 of
Western Virginia's mountain streams stands to-
day, because it has stood for 100 years, a sq.
stone condo. whilst first erected, it served extra
than as soon as as a safe haven from the Indians who, in
friendly in addition to adversarial temper, infested the re-
gion ; and although the marks of the fray can nonetheless
be traced, so securely was once it formed, this
sturdy constitution, that the redskins deserted
the struggle, for the roof was once of tiling introduced from
England and again and again refused to take hearth
from the burning arrows solid for the aim,
and the door and window facings have been of iron-
like oak which declined to betray the scuffling with
men, girls and kids whom it secure.
Built by way of the unique Fielding — "Ole Mas'
Henry," the negroes known as him — whilst the
broad acres of effective river backside and fer-
tile hillsides, so far as the attention may well achieve on
both facets of the river, have been his, surrounded via
a huge wooded area of oak bushes (remains of the orig-
inal progress of trees) and one tremendous shell-
bark hickory, it was once a pleasant retreat to these
who well known Nature and her methods. The vast
graveled stroll which prolonged in the course of the garden
was bordered through cedars planted by means of this similar
Fielding, whose love for the woods and wild lifestyles
left its galvanize on all his possessions.
Across the line under the nice home is the
long line of white-washed negro quarters. those
are now quickly falling into decay ; just one, "Mam*
Phyllis'," cabin is occupied, and that no longer by means of
"Mam' Phyllis" nor her daughter Lucretia, for
the hand which in slavery days twined the hop
vines over the thatch and informed the hardy circulation-
ers to bloom within the small dooryard, has moul-
dered for plenty of a 12 months in an venerated grave on
the hillside, and Lucretia is a hard-working
grandmother in kingdom.
Mose and Lucy, too, are long gone. This helpful
couple occupied the cabin subsequent to "Mam* Phyl-
lis." Lucy's mattress used to be a wonder to all who observed it
— made from goose feathers and plumped to an
amazing extension — who might yet ask yourself, on
beholding it, that the occupant didn't smother
in its embody. outfitted with a wealth of many-
hued quilts of wondrous designs and luxury-
ables enough for 2 such areas of repose, and
last of all a coverlid of blue-and-white trend,
woven by way of the tireless hands of the industrious
negress, from the wool clipped from the flock of
sheep that dotted the mountainside, carded by way of
her busy playing cards, then dyed, spun, and woven by means of
the similar decided hand which saved every thing
spick and span fresh in her loved domestic.
This brilliant mattress was once piled upon a mahog-
any bedstead. She could have instructed you with
shining eyes that her mistress gave it to her while
she first went to home tasks. All this luxurious
was surmounted via large pillows in crudely
decorated instances. the complete room was once provided
with cast-off issues from the good condo, every one
carefully repaired and guarded by way of its appre-
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