Kukawalla’s Spring

I found this story, along with copies of transmittal letters to several magazines, in Mom’s stuff. There was even one response – a refusal. It was written in the mid-1950s and describes a place near the old family homestead on Kincaid Mountain. At that time the Uncle Remus tales were quite popular along with Disney’s Song of the South. Mom’s attempts at recreating the dialects of the south fell far short of┬áthe genius of Joel Chandler Harris, but it still makes a charming story.

One thing I found amusing in the story is the “tater patch”. While our part of Florida is known for growing potatoes, I don’t ever remember digging potatoes up at The Farm.

Eugenia Price’s Maria

Maria is the first book in Eugenia Price’s Florida trilogy. The character, Maria, was based on the real-life Mary Evans who lived in the house now owned by the St. Augustine Historical Society and known as the “Oldest House”.

In the early 1960s, Eugenia Price was well-known as an author of Christian books. While traveling through south Georgia on a book tour, she saw a sign pointing to St. Simons Island and decided to do a bit of exploring. That detour became the inspiration for her first historical novel, Beloved Invader, based on the life of a St. Simons resident, Rev. Anson Dodge. She, too, became a resident of St. Simons Island and spent the rest of her life writing historical novels based on real people in coastal Georgia and Florida.