“If you don’t know history, … you are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree” Michael Crichton
I live with my husband in a home built in the 1840’s. We are in the process of rehabbing it. As we work on the physical house, I have delved into the history that I can find on the family who lived here. The original family, the Frosts, lived there for nearly 100 years. George and Ange had three children, the two daughters never married and the son married but only had a daughter, who never married, so the propagation of that nuclear family stopped.
The house is believed to have been a station on the Underground Railroad, and there is a ‘mystery’ half door opening in the wall of the attic. Was it a part of the RR? the stations were well kept secrets, we may never know. But I can certainly feel the souls that have passed through this home.
My thoughts as I rummage through anything that I can find…is what will occur when we all stop writing on paper? We text, we call, we FaceTime and we store photos on our computer. It occurred to me how vital it is to record our history, our thoughts, or anything that we would like to have remembered or passed down to later family, or interested people (like myself who now lives in the Frost home) for them to see. It is one reason I blog. I can print the pages and thereby have some written record of my thoughts/ideas/feelings. However, I try to script letters from time to time to maintain the ‘touch’ that a handwritten letter can convey.
Bettina Drew said, “the past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternative ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding…”
I believe this house has been a place of help to others. Perhaps assisting the runaway fugitive slaves, George Frost was a lawyer who assisted women in obtaining a pension and his son was a pharmacist/physician who provided medical advice and assistance to those in need in this community. I want to connect to those spirits and continue to provide assistance to others…as a nurse, as a person, and as a blogger.