Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses

Cumberland Island Strong Women Wild Horses In September Cumberland Island blasted onto the national news scene when it was revealed that John Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bassett were married on the island in the First African Baptist Church

  • Title: Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses
  • Author: Charles Seabrook
  • ISBN: 9780895873057
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • In September 1996, Cumberland Island blasted onto the national news scene when it was revealed that John Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bassett were married on the island in the First African Baptist Church a simple one room frame structure with eight handmade pews When the flotilla of writers and photographers arrived on the island a few days later only to find themselves itIn September 1996, Cumberland Island blasted onto the national news scene when it was revealed that John Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bassett were married on the island in the First African Baptist Church a simple one room frame structure with eight handmade pews When the flotilla of writers and photographers arrived on the island a few days later only to find themselves itching, sweating, and swatting at pestiferous gnats and bloodthirsty mosquitoes, they wondered why such a worldly and sophisticated couple had chosen such a tick infested spot In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook uses his talent as an award winning environmental writer to describe the island s natural bounty and to tell its long and intriguing history You ll meet Catherine Caty Greene Miller, the widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and the woman who inspired Eli Whitney to invent the cotton gin You ll meet Robert Stafford, who sent his six children born to a slave named Zabette to live in an imposing home in New England, where they became part of the white high society All of his daughters married well, including one who wed a Russian count in Notre Dame There s Thomas and Lucy Carnegie, who used their Pittsburgh steel fortune to purchase acreage on the island In 1885, they completed their mansion and a year later Thomas died at age 43 Lucy remained on the island to raise her 9 children Her granddaughter, Miss Lucy Ferguson, was considered by many to be the toughest and orneriest of all the strong women who inhabited the island reigning over it during the 1960s and 70s The present day generation is represented by Janet GoGo Ferguson, Miss Lucy s granddaughter, who made the arrangements for the Kennedy and Bassett wedding and crafted their wedding rings as well Today, the island serves as a lightning rod for controversy Although the island is currently under the purview of the National Park Service, some descendants still reside on the island The dispute over the sale of land by cash strapped landowners to commercial developers creates as much heated debate as the discussion of how the Park Service should balance the management of a wilderness area with the privileges accorded the residents Included in these two debates are the questions of whether the island s signature wild horse herd should be dispersed because of the environmental damage it wreaks and whether the historic mansions that still pepper the island be allowed to crumble to ruin for the sake of wilderness preservation.

    Cumberland Island Strong Women, Wild Horses In September , Cumberland Island blasted onto the national news scene when it was revealed that John Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bessette were married on the island in the First African Baptist Church a simple one room frame structure with eight handmade pews. Island Activities Cumberland Island Island Activities Fish in the fresh saltwater, explore and photograph the historic structures, hike through maritime forests and beautiful beaches, scour the beach after a strong storm, camp in the backcountry or wilderness, enjoy a calm sunset and gaze at the unobstructed views of the stars. Cumberland Island A History Wormsloe Foundation Cumberland Island is a national treasure The largest of the Sea Islands along the Georgia coast, it is a history filled place of astounding natural beauty. Lake Area News Archives Lake Cumberland Not only did last weekend s Lake Cumberland Poker Run mark the th anniversary of the event being hosted by Lake Cumberland State Dock in Jamestown, Ky the popular poker run held on Friday and Saturday had a record number of Chebeague Island, Maine Chebeague Island is located in Casco Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Maine.It was originally used as a fishing ground by Abenaki Native Americans.Also known as Great Chebeague pronounced sha big Island, today it is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States.It is located miles km northeast of Portland, Maine.Chebeague Island is the largest island in Casco Bay that is not Maine Towns Birth Certificate, Death Record, Marriage How to obtain copies of vital records such as a birth certificate, birth record, death record, marriage license, marriage record, divorce decree, probate record or naturalization record in Maine towns Included are the addresses and phone numbers of the appropriate office to contact, such as the county clerk s office, probate court, registrars office or health department. Meet Sunflower Farm s Brand New Goat Kids in Cumberland Cumberland s Sunflower Farm welcomed the first kids of the season this weekend Their live cam feed is accessible and aimed directly at the goats stall and outdoor area for our viewing pleasure. Battle of Culloden The Battle of Culloden k l d n Scottish Gaelic Blr Chil Lodair was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of .On April , the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Rhode Island American Legion Baseball League Coventry FRANKLIN, Mass The newly formed Rhode Island American Legion Elite Fall Ball team captured the Firecracker Tournament championship yesterday, with a come from behind victory over the American Legion entry from Seekonk, Mass yesterday at Dean Junior College. The Story of Lake Champlain s Valcour Island, by James P Just south of the city of Plattsburgh New York, below as the crow flies Crab Island and Cumberland Head, lies the beautiful and historic island of Valcour.One of the largest islands in the lake The Heros and Isle la Motte of Vermont are larger , the entire island has been preserved by the State of New York as a park.

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    1. Utterly fascinating! Cumberland Island is just a few miles from my home, and while I was vaguely aware of it I had no idea of its rich, colorful history. It is such an eclectic combination of wilderness and its settlers and inhabitants -- the descendants of the Carnegie and Candler (Coca-Cola) families, the Timucuan natives, and former slaves. Most people have only heard of Cumberland due to the very private wedding of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette which took place there in 1996. I highly recomme [...]

    2. After visiting Cumberland Island, I wanted to know more about its history. This book does a terrific job of describing the history in an accessible manner. It presents the history through the story of two women of the island who played instrumental roles in its conservation. The book certainly presents a feminist history, which, depending upon your lens as a reader, may interest you!

    3. It took me a long time to pick up this book, because I thought it would be a dry history. Seabrook tells the history of Cumberland Island in a wonderfully factual story. The tone of the book seemed unbiased and it confirmed details I have read in other nonfiction about Cumberland Island. My favorite part was about the Carnegies living on the island, because it was such an escape to read about the wealth and leisure of the robber barons in the 1890s. Although you can't help but dislike the Carneg [...]

    4. Have read several books about Cumberland and this seems to present both sides of several points of contention. Writers description of his walk on beach is excellent.

    5. Wonderful book! So rich with the history of a place close to home, and one that I have cherished memories of. I highly recommend the book to anyone.

    6. I enjoy books about Georgia history, and this one filled me in on a part of the state that I've not read much about. This was not what I was expecting. It wasn't filled with stories of noble women or men. I'm now even more disgusted by politics and the compromises that really benefit no one than I was before. I suppose that such feelings as this book aroused in me should net it more than two stars. Truth is, I'd rather read a better-developed account of the life of a single person than this cons [...]

    7. This is an excellent read to accompany Untamed by Will Harlan which is a must read. Our family recently spent 4 nights backpacking the island. The place is a mysterious paradise. Untamed and this book will only enhance you experience, but I recommend Will Harlan's book even if you never intend to visit the island.One thing I did not like about this book is the cover and first page of each chapter. Looked like something from a middle school art project

    8. This book has it all Native American history to the first colonial settlements in Georgia to slavery and island plantations the Civil War to the Gilded Age to WWII to current conservation and historical efforts and the battles therein. ALL underlying this is the aspect of the many women who have historically ruled Cumberland Island, GA with an iron fist. Seabrook does a marvelous job piecing it all together. (Pre-read for teaching Georgia history; required reading for HH)

    9. Loved this book. After visiting a small part of Cumberland Island, I wanted to learn more. Fascinating to read about the past and present and some of the very, very interesting people involved. My only criticism is the first page of each chapter is printed on a page with an image and I found it hard to read. As as result of reading this book, I plan to go back to Cumberland Island and do the whole tour.

    10. It got bogged down in uninteresting detail of the lives of people one did not care about. Too many undeveloped characters. Not enough "strong women" . The beginning had some good information about the island which I found interesting, but as the book went on it, it read like a gossip rag. I closed the cover on this one 30 pages from the end.

    11. A gossipy approach to the families and individuals who have struggled and still struggle to make their vision for this unique Sea Island prevail. I wished for more history while I was reading this, but now I'm reading a history and wish for more gossip. I had pictured Cumberland as a wilderness, but this book showed me how the hands of men and women (and their money) have shaped it for centuries.

    12. Very good history book. We are going to Cumberland Island in December, so I picked up this book. It will make me appreciate the island so much more. I found this history book interesting like the book I read about Scotland before going. I felt so much more in toned to the place and appreciative. I can't wait to see the island since so many people were so in love with it.

    13. I read this for a bookclub I found the history of the Carnegies interesting I love the chapter that told about the kennedy wedding. I believe the book would have been far more interesting had I fisted Cumberland or known about it previous to reading the book.

    14. As a GA native I had no idea the significant role Cumberland Island played not only for my home state but for the US as well. I was very surprised and entertained by the fun and interesting facts learned from reading this. I highly recommend if you like American history.

    15. A GOOD READ BEFORE A VISITI just wish I had read this before visiting CUMBERLAND. The park ranger was well informed but this book,although now dated, was just what I needed. Only 4 stars because more has happened since it was published

    16. I loved the historical aspect of the book. I had a difficult time following the leaps from past to present and had a hard time keeping all the people straight. Growing up in the area around Cumberland, I loved seeing familiar names and places.

    17. I didn't actually finish this book. It was interesting to me, because I lead tours of the island for students, but it wasn't particularly well written. It was sometimes difficult to follow the history chronologically. Also, I find the early history much more interesting than the more recent things.

    18. True story of an island off the coast of Georgia--the one where JFK, Jr. got married. Fascinating history about wealthy men who settled the island and their wives and other women who ended up cleaning up their messes. Horses still roam the island today--fabulous place to visits!!

    19. I enjoyed reading about this beautiful island off the coast of Georgia. As an avid history buff and also being a new resident of Georgia, the book was a compelling read.

    20. A really interesting history of Cumberland, but a lot of the stories criss-crossed between chapters and felt a bit ramblish at times.

    21. I previously read Untamed, so I wanted the other side of the story. I enjoyed all the history and now completely understand the controversy over this island.

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