There are few things more exciting than a trip, especially church trips. Recently, Brother Tom Drake took about a dozen of us seniors to the Margaret Mitchell Memorial Park in Jonesboro, Ga.
This is a collection of historic buildings from the antebellum period. It consists of a country store, an old schoolhouse, a privy and several other buildings. The centerpiece is a plantation house that is beautifully restored and furnished.
We learned many things about this period and Southern manners. One example was when a boy came courting a girl, he sent his card upstairs by a servant. If the girl didn't want to see him she returned the card with a corner bent down. Hence the expression "She turned him down."
Among their treasures was a candlestick used in the motion picture Gone With the Wind.
Another item of interest was a wicker coffin. The guide explained that before embalming was common and a body had to be shipped to a distant place, a lead lining helped to seal the coffin.
The dining room was furnished with a beautifully set table. The lovely china pattern was called Asian Pheasant.
We went upstairs and saw the bedrooms. I have great difficulty walking but I made it up the stairs.
When the house tour was complete, we were free to walk among the other buildings. I especially noted the log kitchen where all the meals were cooked.
The grounds were very difficult for me to walk but the guide mentioned that they were to be made more navigable when funds were available.
We traveled to the Atlanta Farmer's Market for lunch at a particularly good restaurant near the airport.
We arrived back in Harlem well before dark, after a very enjoyable day.