Thursday, March 27, 2008

Family Heritage Remembrance

I've been thinking quite a bit about family over the Easter week and spring break. Having visited my own family cemetery it seemed a good time to share some of the family heritage from our new school site.

This first photo is from the cemetery known as the Edmisten cemetery. There are many heritage family names therein. This marker is from the Ray family. Date Born November 2, 1860.

More recent markers are surrounded by stones from the 19th century in this heritage plot.

The former Hartley cemetery has been interred to the Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens just across the road from our entrance. It is indicated in the overlay on this photo.
You can see the relative location for these heritage plots in the overall view of our campus.
There is so much Watauga family heritage that we proudly carry forward into our new school. The Hartleys, Rays, Edmistens, Greens, Millers, all have a connection to the land. These Watauga families are part of our past and a part of our future.

These two links will take you to interesting articles related to the site and the heritage. The first was written by a former WHS student and genealogist and contains many interesting community connections.

I hope you will appreciate this remembrance with understanding and reflection.

I would be very interested in sharing photos or stories associated with the WHS heritage families on this blog. If you have something to share, please leave a comment for follow up. If the comment link does not work you can email me at