So, in addition to some discoveries he'd already made, my acquaintance just very recently found a burlap Morton salt bag, tied with bailing twine and secreted away in a wall. Inside, he found toy lead soldiers in excellent condition. These soldiers look similar to the ones melted down for musket balls in the Mel Gibson film, The Patriot.
Oh, the stories those soldiers could tell.
Here's an excerpt from a 2010 article about the community just over the Blue Ridge from my home:
Richard Brown began his first day in the world in 1935 in Freetown, a little community of some dozen or so houses behind Brownsville Market. He’s never left it. His parents were born there, too. And his grandparents set up together in married life there, according to their family Bible, in 1869. Brown isn’t sure if the Civil War freed them from slavery, but he thinks not. They were already free. That’s the way the family remembers it.You can read more about the history of this community, and efforts to preserve it, here.
Stand by for follow up and screen shots over the War for Southern Independence debate. Coming soon.