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Happy Fall!

We are still in the swing of things with promoting my book “The Last Laird of Sapelo” and have many events still coming your way if you are interested!

I have also written an article about the current events happening on Sapelo Island below!

Upcoming Events

Southern Festival of the BooksOct 20-22Guest author hosted by Historical Fiction Company/Historical Times Magazine, Nashville, TN.
Susie L. McMahon Live Virtual Book Club Author InterviewOct 24
Virtual Meeting
Literary Guild of SSI with Righton BooksNovember 1
10:30 – 11:30AM
St. Simons Island, GA.
Richmond Hill Historical SocietyNovember 2
Book talk and signing, Richmond Hill, GA
Darien Fall FestivalNovember
3 & 4
Book signings Friday, 3-5 PM; Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM at The Local Exchange, Darien, GA
Stories for Your Gift ListNovember 16Author program hosted by Hometown Novel Writers Association and Newnan Carnegie Library, Newnan Georgia featuring Kimberley Brock, Laura Elizabeth, and T. M. Brown.
Holiday Sip and SeeNovember 17
5:00-9:00 PM
Downtown Newnan, Corner Arts Gallery, Studios & Gifts, Newnan, GA.
Sparta/Hancock County LibraryDecember 1
10:30-11:30 AM
Book talk, Sparta, GA
Sparta Holiday FestivalDecember 1
Downtown Sparta, GA

HOGG HUMMOCK, HOG HAMMOCK? What is the correct name of the Geechee Community pushing back on zoning changes on historic Sapelo Island?

Most people note the variety of spellings of the community on Sapelo Island. The name and spelling are points of contention between the residents and the county. Residents call the area Hogg Hummock. The county installed signs that say Hog Hammock, and that’s been a complaint by residents for some time.

First, a hammock derived from a Spanish term and refers to a bed made of canvas or of rope mesh and suspended by cords at the ends, used as garden furniture or on board a ship.

Second, a hummock is the proper term that describes the community and its location on the island. A hummock refers to a hillock, knoll, or mound; a piece of forested ground rising above a marsh.

Somewhere in the past, the government identified the community as Hog’s Hammock, but it originally held the name of Hogg’s Hummock, and for good reason. But also note that prior to R. J. Reynolds owning the island for decades in the 20th Century, Hoggs Hummock (Hammock) was but one of up to a dozen separate Geechee descendant communities on Sapelo Island established by the Spalding family during the antebellum era. Sadly, Reynolds decided it suited him to merge all the Geechee communities to Hoggs Hummock… and their decline on Sapelo dwindled rapidly ever since. In 1976, Reynolds’ widow gave the island to the State of Georgia. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources maintains control of the island and operates the ferry service.

Since HISTORY MATTERS! We should preserve and protect the Geechee legacy, heritage, and history on Sapelo Island at Hogg’s Hummock (Hammock).

I personally can only hope the State of Georgia will better maintain the buildings and historic ruins on Sapelo so that future visitors to the island can know the story of the Geechee who made Sapelo their home.

The Last Laird of Sapelo offers insight into the origins of the Geechee on Sapelo during the Spalding era on the island beginning in 1800, when Thomas Spalding brought the first enslaved workers onto the island to clear the ancient woodlands on the island to cultivate the land.

If you want to know more, I recommend seeking history books by Buddy Sullivan, the Tidewater’s foremost historian.

Visit my website to read more or to find quick links to buy your copy of The Last Laird of Sapelo.


The Last Laird of Sapelo has made the long-list in two Chanticleer’s International Box Awards for historical novels after receiving a Five Star Best of the Best Editorial Review this summer. 

Post-1750s Late Historical Fiction

Western, Pioneer, & Civil War, Americana Historical Fiction Novels

Thank you for supporting The Last Laird of Sapelo.

We can’t wait to see you at one of our upcoming book signings or meet & greets!

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