Neil Diamond and “America”


Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor with 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.   Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants.  His parents were Akeeba “Kieve” Diamond, a dry-goods merchant and his wife Rose (née Rapoport).  Neil grew up in several homes in Brooklyn and also spent four years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where his father was stationed in the army. In Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall High School and was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, along with classmate Barbra Streisand.  After his family moved, he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School and was a member of the fencing team.

For his 16th birthday, Diamond received his first guitar.  When he was 16 and still in high school, he spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp, a camp for Jewish children in upstate New York, when folk singer Pete Seeger performed a small concert.  Seeing the widely recognized singer perform, and watching other children singing songs for Seeger that they wrote themselves, had an immediate effect on Diamond, who then became aware of the possibility of writing his own songs.  Diamond used his newly developing skill to write poetry.  He spent the summer following his graduation as a waiter in the Catskills resort area. There he first met Jaye Posner, who would years later become his wife.

Diamond next attended New York University as a pre-med major on a fencing scholarship.  He was a member of the 1960 NCAA men’s championship fencing team.  Often bored in class, he found writing song lyrics more to his liking. He began cutting classes and taking the train up to Tin Pan Alley, where he tried to get some of his songs heard by local music publishers.  In his senior year, when he was just 10 units short of graduation, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week, and he dropped out of college to accept it.  After his 16 weeks at Sunbeam Music were up, he was not rehired, and began writing and singing his own songs for demo purposes.   Diamond’s first recording contract was billed as “Neil and Jack,” an Everly Brothers-type duo comprising Diamond and high school friend Jack Packer.  They recorded two unsuccessful singles both released in 1962.

Later in 1962, Diamond signed with Columbia Records as a solo performer. In 1963, he married his high-school sweetheart, schoolteacher Jaye Posner. They had two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn. In July 1963 Columbia released the single “At Night” but it failed to chart, and Columbia dropped him from their label, so he went back to writing songs in and out of publishing houses for the next seven years.  During those years, he was able to sell only about one song a week, barely enough to survive on, but. the privacy he had above the Birdland Club allowed him to focus on writing songs without distractions.  Among them were “Cherry, Cherry” and “Solitary Man.” .His first success as a songwriter came in November 1965, with “Sunday and Me”, a Top 20 hit for Jay and the Americans. Greater success followed with “I’m a Believer”, “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You”, “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)”, and “Love to Love”, all performed by the Monkees.

In 1966, Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns’s Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic. His first release on that label, “Solitary Man”, became his first true hit as a solo artist. Diamond later followed with “Cherry, Cherry” and “Kentucky Woman”.  Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records, because he wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical “Brooklyn Roads” from 1968.   On March 18, 1968, Diamond signed a deal with Uni Records; the label was named after Universal Pictures, whose owner, MCA Inc., later consolidated its labels into MCA Records (now called Universal Records). His debut album for Uni was Velvet Gloves and Spit, produced by Tom Catalano, which did not chart, and he recorded the follow-up Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show at American Sound Studios in Memphis with Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman producing.

In late 1969, Diamond moved to Los Angeles. After that, his sound mellowed, with such songs as “Sweet Caroline” (1969), “Holly Holy” (1969), “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970) and “Song Sung Blue” (1972), the last two reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100. The 1971 release “I Am…I Said” was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK and was his most intensely personal effort to date, taking over four months to complete.  In 1971, Diamond played 7 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.  In August 1972, he played again at the Greek, this time doing 10 shows.   The performance of August 24, 1972, was recorded and released as the live double album Hot August Night. Hot August Night demonstrates Diamond’s skills as a performer and showman, as he reinvigorated his back catalogue of hits with new energy.. In the fall of 1972, Diamond performed for 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City.

In 1973, Diamond switched labels again, returning to Columbia Records for a million-dollar-advance-per-album contract .His first project, released as a solo album, was the soundtrack to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which  was a success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. Diamond also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.  Thereafter, Diamond often included a Jonathan Livingston Seagull suite in his live performances.  In 1974, Diamond released the album Serenade, from which “Longfellow Serenade” and “I’ve Been This Way Before” were issued as singles.. Diamond returned to live shows in 1976 with an Australian tour, “The ‘Thank You Australia’ Concert,” which was broadcast to 36 television outlets nationwide. He also again appeared at the Greek Theater in a 1976 concert, Love at the Greek, and did a show in Las Vegas that same year.

In 1976, Diamond released Beautiful Noise, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band. On Thanksgiving 1976, Diamond made an appearance at The Band’s farewell concert, The Last Waltz, performing “Dry Your Eyes”, which he wrote jointly with Robertson, and which had appeared on Beautiful Noise. He also joined the rest of the performers onstage at the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” . Diamond was paid $650,000from the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, to open its new $10 million Theater For the Performing Arts on July 2, 1976.  He performed at Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000 British fans.  In 1977, Diamond released I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight, including “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” for which he composed the music and on the writing of whose lyrics he collaborated with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman.

Diamond’s last 1970s album was September Morn, which included a new version of “I’m a Believer.” It and “Red Red Wine” are his best-known original songs made more famous by other artists. In February 1979, the uptempo “Forever in Blue Jeans,” co-written and jointly composed with his guitarist, Richard Bennett, was released as a single from You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.  In 1979, Diamond collapsed on stage in San Francisco and was taken to the hospital, where he endured a 12-hour operation to remove what turned out to be a tumor on his spine.

Diamond  starred in a 1980 remake of the Al Jolson classic The Jazz Singer alongside Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz.  The soundtrack spawned three Top 10 singles, “Love on the Rocks,” “Hello Again,” and “America,” the last of which, beginning with the words “Far, we’ve been traveling far without a home, but not without a star,” had emotional significance for Diamond.   An abbreviated version played over the film’s opening titles.  The song was also the one he was most proud of, partly because of when it was later used: national news shows played it when the hostages were shown returning home after the Iran hostage crisis ended; it was played on the air during the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty; and at the tribute to Martin Luther King and the Vietnam Vets Welcome Home concert, he was asked to perform it live.   Another Top 10 selection, “Heartlight,” was inspired by the blockbuster 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

Diamond’s record sales slumped somewhat in the 1980s and 1990s, his last single to make the Billboard’s Pop Singles chart coming in 1986, but his concert tours continued to be big draws. Billboard magazine ranked Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of 1986. He released his 17th studio album in 1986, Headed for the Future, which reached number 20 on the Billboard 200. Three weeks later he starred in Hello Again, his first television special in nine years, performing comedy sketches and a duo medley with Carol Burnett.  In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

During the 1990s, Diamond produced six studio albums. He covered many classic songs from the movies and from famous Brill Building-era songwriters. In 1992, he performed for President George H.W. Bush’s final Christmas in Washington NBC special.   The 1990s saw a resurgence in Diamond’s popularity. “Sweet Caroline” became a popular sing-along at sporting events. It was used at Boston College football and basketball games. The New York Rangers also adapted it as their own, and played it whenever they were winning at the end of the 3rd period of their games.   In 2000, Johnny Cash recorded the album American III: Solitary Man, and won a Grammy Award for his cover of “Solitary Man.”  In 2007, Diamond was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the television show American Idol that Diamond would be a guest mentor to the remaining Idol contestants, who would sing Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April 29 and 30, 2008. On the April 30 broadcast, Diamond premiered a new song, “Pretty Amazing Grace,” from his then recently released album Home Before Dark.   On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started Neil Diamond Radio.   Home Before Dark was released May 6, 2008, and topped the album charts in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

On June 29, 2008, Diamond played to an estimated 108,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England on the Concert of a Lifetime Tour.  On August 25, 2008, Diamond performed at Ohio State University while suffering from laryngitis.   Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.  Long loved in Boston, Diamond was invited to sing at the July 4, 2009 Independence Day celebration.  On October 13, 2009, he released A Cherry Cherry Christmas, his third album of holiday music.

On November 2, 2010, Diamond released the album Dreams, a collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock era. The album also included a new slow-tempo arrangement of his “I’m a Believer.”   The years 2011 and 2012 were marked by several milestones in Diamond’s career. On March 14, 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. In December, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.   On August 10, 2012, Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In November 2012, he topped the bill at the centenary edition of the Royal Variety Performance in the U.K.. He also appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On April 20, 2013, Diamond made an unannounced appearance at Fenway Park to sing “Sweet Caroline” during the 8th inning.  On July 2, he released the single “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)”, with 100% of the purchase price benefiting One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project. Sporting a beard, Diamond performed live on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol as part of A Capitol Fourth, which was broadcast nationally by PBS on July 4, 2013.  In January 2014, it was confirmed that Diamond had signed with the Capitol Music Group unit of Universal Music Group, which also owned Diamond’s Uni/MCA catalog. UMG also took over Diamond’s Columbia and Bang catalogues, which meant that all of his recorded output would be consolidated for the first time.

In September 2014, Diamond performed a surprise concert at his alma mater, Erasmus High School in Brooklyn. The show was announced via Twitter that afternoon. On the same day, he announced a 2015 “Melody Road” World Tour.  The North American leg of the World Tour 2015 launched with a concert in Allentown, PA, at the PPL Center on February 27 and ended at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2015.  In October 2016, Diamond released Acoustic Christmas, a folk-inspired Christmas album of original songs as well as acoustic versions of holiday classics. In March 2017, the career-spanning anthology Neil Diamond 50 – 50th Anniversary Collection was released. He began the 50 Year Anniversary World Tour in Fresno, California, in April.   In January 2018, Diamond announced that he would immediately retire from touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The following work by Neil Diamond is contained in my collection:

America (Far, we’ve been traveling far without a home, but not without a star)

Karen J. Dalton and “Katy (or Katie) Cruel”


Karen J. Dalton (July 19, 1937 – March 19, 1993) was an American folk blues song writer, singer, guitarist, and banjo player, who was associated with the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, particularly with Fred Neil, the Holy Modal Rounders, and Bob Dylan.  Dalton was born Jean Karen Cariker in Bonham, Texas, on July 19, 1937, but was raised in Enid, Oklahoma. She also lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Lawrence, Kansas,, before relocating to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. Her bluesy, world-weary voice is often compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday, though Dalton said Bessie Smith was a greater influence. She sang blues, folk, country, pop, Motown—making over each song in her own style. She played the twelve string guitar and a long neck banjo.

Dalton’s first album, It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best (Capitol, 1969), was re-released by Koch Records on CD in 1996. Dalton’s second album, In My Own Time (1971), was recorded at Bearsville Studios and originally released by Woodstock Festival promoter Michael Lang’s label, Just Sunshine Records. The album was produced and arranged by Harvey Brooks, who played bass on it. Piano player Richard Bell guested on In My Own Time. Its liner notes were written by Fred Neil and its cover photos were taken by Elliott Landy.  One of the songs on this second album was Dalton’s 1966 arrangement of “Katie Cruel,” a traditional American folksong, likely of Scottish origin. The opening verse of the song bears a strong resemblance to the Scottish song, Licht Bob’s Lassie, whose opening verses mirror the song in both notional content and form. The American version of the song, which appears to contain an oblique story of regret, is said to date to the Revolutionary War period.

Dalton was closely associated with singer/songwriter Tim Hardin, whose songs she covered and was among the first to sing his “Reason to Believe.”  She was married to guitarist Richard Tucker, with whom she sometimes played as a duo, and in a trio with Hardin.   Karen died on March 19, 1993, aged 55, in her mobile home, which was located in a clearing off Eagle’s Nest Road, outside the town of Hurley, near Woodstock, New York.  Both Dalton’s albums were re-released in November 2006.  It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best, came out on the French Megaphone-Music label, included a bonus DVD featuring rare performance footage of Dalton. In My Own Time was re-released on CD and LP on November 7, 2006 by Light in the Attic Records.

As a traditional song, “Katy Cruel” has been recorded by many performers.  Jerry Garcia also performed the song, as have a number of other performers, including Peggy Seeger, Sandy Paton, the New Christy Minstrels, Odetta, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Gingerthistle, Linda Thompson, Moira Smiley, Allysen Callery, Molly Tuttle (The Tuttles and AJ Lee), Joe Dassin and Bert Jansch (with Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart). Cordelia’s Dad recorded the song on their 1995 release, Comet. The Demon Barbers also recorded the song on their 2002 album Uncut. White Magic started covering the song live in 2004, and released it as a single in 2006.. Marie LaForet, a French singer, has also done an English version and a French version of the song. The Owl Service recorded a version of the song on their album A Garland of Song.

Agnes Obel did a version in 2011. The song also features on Raise Ravens, a 2011 release by Glasgow-based John Knox Club who have brought together elements of both versions of the song. The song also features on Lady Maisery’s second album, Mayday (released in 2013). Lisa LeBlanc recorded a version of the song on the album Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted in 2014.  Rillian and the Doxie Chicks, a Los Angeles based, pirate themed folk band, also released a version of the song on their second CD ‘Left in the Longboat’ in 2011. The lead was sung by the percussionist, Myrna Neuberg, with harmonies sung by the rest of the band.  But the best known recording of the song is by Karen Dalton on the album In My Own Time.

My collection includes the following work by Karen  J. Dalton:

Katy (or Katie) Cruel (arr.).

Hart School, Frankenmuth, MI


Hart School at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm

7775 Weiss Street

Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm is a working, historic farm that includes a petting farm and wagon ride tour. Located across the street from Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, MI, the farm is also home to two historic structures: Dehmel Road Black Bridge and Hart School.  Black Bridge, an iron trestle bridge, dates back to 1907. It was originally located west of St. Lorenz Evangelical Lutheran Church and was moved to Grandpa Tiny’s Farm in 2002.  Hart School, a one-room schoolhouse, was built in the mid-1800s sometime between 1855 and 1860 and had been located at the corner of Frankenmuth and Hart Roads.  The historic school was donated to William “Grandpa Tiny” Zehnder in 2000. Tiny took possession of it when Raymond and Martha Hart offered to give away the well preserved building from the Lovira Hart centennial homestead.  Inside and outside of the schoolhouse the original walls, flooring, ceiling, wooden blackboards, bell tower and roof have been restored and preserved. Four double-wide desks for students and a teachers desk have been added along with a cast iron stove and lights from the former Hill School District #6 donated by Swartz Graphic.


Lee Greenwood and “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Lee Greenwood

Melvin Lee Greenwood (b. October 27, 1942) is an American country music song writer and artist, who, active since 1962, has released more than 20 major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Greenwood was born on October 27, 1942, in South Gate, California, a few miles south of Los Angeles and grew up near Sacramento on the poultry farm of his maternal grandparents. At the age of seven, he started singing in church. In 1959, he joined the Chester Smith Band and had his first television appearance. A short time later, he worked with the country musician Del Reeves.  He founded his first band, The Apollos, in 1962. The band, which changed its name later to Lee Greenwood Affair, played mostly pop music and appeared mostly in casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada. A few records were recorded in Los Angeles with the Paramount label. After the band broke up in the 1970s, Greenwood moved back to Las Vegas, where he worked as a blackjack dealer during the day, and as a singer at night.

In 1979, Greenwood was discovered in Reno, Nevada, by Larry McFaden, the bandleader and bassist of Mel Tillis. After making some demo tapes, Greenwood was signed in 1981 by the Nashville division of the MCA label which had recently absorbed the Paramount label, and McFaden became his manager.  His first single, the Jan Crutchfield-penned “It Turns Me Inside Out,” made it to a spot in the top 20 of the country charts. The song had been written for Kenny Rogers, but Rogers turned it down due to the sheer volume of songs he had been offered at the time. “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands” landed Greenwood in the country top 10. Each song was marketed heavily, particularly in the South Florida market by MCA Account Service Representative Brad Fitzgerald, among others.  Greenwood is known for writing and recording “God Bless the USA,” an American patriotic song, in the early 1980s. It is considered to be his signature song. Greenwood wrote God Bless the U.S.A. in response to his feelings about the shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007.

In the song, Greenwood sings about how, if he were to lose everything he had and had to start again from scratch, he would do it in the U.S.A. because he is guaranteed his freedom in America. The first album which “God Bless the U.S.A.” appears on is 1984’s You’ve Got a Good Love Comin’. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart when originally released in the spring of 1984, and was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in attendance.  A music video was released for this song in 1984, depicting Greenwood as a farmer who loses the family farm. The video was produced and edited by L.A. Johnson and directed by Gary Burden. Greenwood spoke at the 1988 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan behind him.  The song gained renewed popularity following the launch of Operation: Desert Storm in 1990-1991 as a way of boosting morale.  In

1993, Greenwood married the former Miss Tennessee USA Kimberly Payne.  They have two sons together, Dalton and Parker Greenwood.  In 1995, Greenwood took a break from his touring schedule to spend time with his wife and newborn son. In his time off, he elected to build a theater in Sevierville, Tennessee, and in April 1996, the Lee Greenwood Theater opened its doors. This gave Greenwood the opportunity to perform daily shows, in addition to being with his family.   The theater operated for five seasons, and closed for Greenwood to continue touring. The former theater building is now host to a church.  The popularity of “God Bless the USA” rose sharply after the September 11 2001, attacks, and the song was re-released as a single, re-entering the country music charts at No. 16 and peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in late 2001. Since then, Greenwood has played at many public events and commemorations of the attacks.

The song gained even greater prominence duringv the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  Itwas also re-recorded in 2003 and released as “God Bless the U.S.A. 2003.”  In addition, Greenwood also wrote a Canadian version of this song called “God Bless You Canada.”  The song has sold over a million copies in the United States by July 2015. In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to a six-year term to the National Council on the Arts.  Greenwood performed “God Bless the USA” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March 2013.  In 2016, “God Bless the USA” was used by Donald Trump as one of his campaign songs in his campaign to become President of the United States, and Greenwood performed on the Make America Great! Welcome Celebration the day before Inauguration of Trump.

The following work by Lee Greenwood is contained in my collection:

God Bless the U.S.A. (1984).

Joseph Brackett and “Simple Gifts”


Joseph Brackett Jr. (May 6, 1797 – July 4, 1882) was an American songwriter, author, lifelong resident of Maine, and elder of The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers, whose most famous song, “Simple Gifts,” is still widely performed and adapted.  Brackett was born in Cumberland, Maine, on May 6, 1797, as Elisha Brackett.  When he was 10, his first name was changed to Joseph, like his father’s, as the Bracketts joined the short-lived Shaker community in Gorham, Maine. This new Shaker community was centered on the Bracketts’ property, until the whole group moved to Poland Hill, Maine, in 1819. Brackett’s father died there on July 27, 1838, but Brackett continued to rise in the Shaker community, eventually becoming the head of the society in Maine.

Brackett is known today primarily as the author of the Shaker dancing song “Simple Gifts”, which has become an internationally loved tune, both through his original version and many of its adaptations. The song, written in 1848, was largely unknown outside of Shaker communities until after Brackett died in the Shaker community of Sabbathday Lake at New Gloucester, Maine, on July 4, 1882. Many people thought that the tune of “Simple Gifts” was a traditional Celtic one, but both the music and original lyrics are actually the compositions of Brackett. “Simple Gifts” has been adapted or arranged many times since by folksingers and composers.  Aaron Copland used the melody in his 1944 score for Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring.  Shakers once worshipped on Holy Mount, in the Appalachians.  Copland used “Simple Gifts” a second time in 1950 in his first set of Old American Songs for voice and piano, which was later orchestrated. Brackett’s tune is also known widely through the lyrics “Lord of the Dance,” written by Sydney Carter in 1963.

My collection includes the following work by Joseph Bracket:

Simple Gifts (1848).

Getting It All Done

Getting It All Done
By Tori Rollins

Homeschooling is hard work! Did you need me to tell you that? Probably not. Looking back over this day, it was a good one…but there is just so much activity, all the time…all day long. Having two older boys who love wrestling much more than school, a three-year-old who is, by her own declaration, “the queen,” and a one-year-old boy who is appropriately nicknamed “The Destroyer,” life stays very busy.

Thinking of this, I am reminded of the many times I am asked about the homeschooling lifestyle. I am met with the response, “How do you get it all done?!” or, “How do you get your kids to obey?” or, (and this is my favorite), “When do you ever get time for yourself?”. We could spend all day on these three questions, but it is the first one that I feel the Lord leading me to write about.

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Agrirama Schoolhouse, Tifton, GA

agrirama school-House

Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village (Agrirama) Schoolhouse
1392 Whiddon Mill Road
Tifton, GA 31793
Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village opened as the Agrirama on July 4, 1976. The grounds consist of five areas: a traditional farm community of the 1870s, an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial sites complex, rural town, national peanut complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center. Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre site and faithfully restored or preserved. Costumed interpreters explain and demonstrate the life-style and activities of this time in Georgia’s history. Visitors can tour the original Victorian home of Tifton’s founder, Captain H. H. Tift. The Tift House was designed with curly pine molding, high ceilings, antique furnishings, and heart pine floors. It’s furnished with a wood burning cook stove, Victorian paintings, ornate wallpaper, and fine china. They can also explore the farms, listen to the barnyard sounds, experience everyday 19th century-style life in the wiregrass village, and more. All structures have authentic furnishings of the period. Friendly staff members share the history as they perform daily activities whether in farmhouses, fields, sawmill, turpentine still, blacksmith’s shop, the grist mill, the main street, the Feed and Seed store, the print shop, the drug store, and the schoolhouse. Many schools were held during the agriculture ‘off’ season, when the children were not required to help as much on the farm. Built in 1895, the Museum’s schoolhouse demonstrates how a late 1800’s-early 1900’s school was kept. Visitors to the schoolhouse can learn how all ages were taught within this one room and perhaps partake in a lesson as well.