Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rocky Springs

Image borrowed from Adventures of a Coachsurfer

A bit of history -- Rocky Springs, Mississippi
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rocky Springs is a ghost town and historic site located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, United States, between Old Port Gibson Road and the Natchez Trace Parkway (mile post 54.8).

Rocky Springs was established in the late 1700s as a popular watering place for travelers along the old Natchez Trace, near a natural spring and rock outcropping from which the budding community would take its name. 

The community of Rocky Springs began to decline during the Civil War, at which time Union forces passed through the area during the advance on nearby Port Gibson. [3] In 1878 the remaining inhabitants of Rocky Springs faced an outbreak of yellow fever. Later, valuable cotton crops were destroyed by an infestation of boll weevils, while at the same time farmers were struggling with severe erosion caused by many years of poor land management. In 1930, the last store closed, and the natural spring, from which the town took its name, dried up.[4

Today, the old town site of Rocky Springs can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. The Methodist church built in 1837 is the only remaining structure, which continued to hold regular Sunday services until 2010 when its congregation became too small to sustain worship. .

And some of my new fabric! Pair my fabric up with Lynn Wilder's Patchwork Math book and the church block from Lynn Lister's America the Beautiful (published in McCall's America Quilts Together, Autumn 2012) and I am seeing a Medallion wall hanging representing one of my favorite places to spend the day. We will see where this journey takes me.

The black blob in the upper right hand corner will not be a feature of my wall hanging. The BLOB would be a photo-bombing, naughty cat!

There was more fabric goodness in my recent package from Shabby Fabrics .... Later!


Lynn said...

I'm looking forward to see what you are going to make Donna!

Jane Galley said...

What an interesting history lesson, thank you