Nathan “Nearest” Green 1820 – 1890 First master distiller of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. An incorrect spelling in an 1880 census has caused some confusion. Nathan “Nearest” Green was born a slave, nicknamed Nearest and later, Uncle Nearest, to all his family and friends. In 1967, Jack Daniel’s Legacy was published, revealing to the world that […]
Phyllis Wheatley May 8, 1753 – December 5, 1784 First African descendant poet to publish a book. Born in 1753 in West Africa, Phyllis Wheatley was kidnapped and taken to New England, enslaved and sold to John Wheatley of Boston in 1761. Due to the fact that Phyllis showed extreme talent in literacy, she was […]
Jean Baptiste Point DuSable 1745 – August 2, 1818 A frontier trader, trapper and farmer, generally regarded as the first resident of what is now Chicago, Illinois It is unknown the year Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was born, but according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, he was born in St. Marc, Sainte-Domingue [now Haiti]. He was believed […]
There are many federal holidays government employees, service members and the District of Columbia look forward to – and while states have the right to designate their own national holidays, most always follow the federal lead. Veterans Day, November 11th (observed on November 12th), is a holiday which frequently gets lost in translation, often being confused with Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. The difference in the three seems simple enough – one is dedicated to American service members of all wars, another is a time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives while protecting our country and, the last, pays tribute to the men and women who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces. Do you recognize the explanation of each?
Is road-tripping becoming a thing of the past? The first recorded American road-trip was in 1903. H. Nelson Jackson, Sewall K. Crocker and Bud, the dog, jumped in a 1903 Winton Touring Car on a 63 day scenic trip between San Francisco and New York. That drive now can be completed in 10 days enjoying […]
On June 6th, I walked into my friendly Grovetown neighborhood Starbucks to find a newly redecorated interior. The Starbucks located at 222 Meridian Drive was chosen to be a designated military family store. Near the counter, a beautiful large wooden plaque reads, “This store is dedicated to people united by their courage to serve our […]
BY: Kathleen Duncan Pumpkins take a loooooong time to grow, 80 to 120 days depending on the variety. This means if you want that perfect Halloween pumpkin you need to plant your seeds by the 4th of July (I use one holiday to remind me of the other.). The University of Georgia (UGA) vegetable planting […]
It seems like “national days of celebration” pop up every day. Days like National Puppy Day on March 23rd or my personal favorite, National Napping Day on March 12th, are just some of the examples of the crazy days celebrated. One day in particular, however sticks out and should be celebrated by many. National Adopt […]