“My fourth novel,
Lost Legacy, is a historical fiction story revealing how our past legacy inescapably shapes who we are today. The characters in the story, both fictional and actual, play out their drama in this story about McIntosh County’s storied Georgia coastal region which to this day remains cursed by its past, according to many of their residents.” T.M. Brown
Open Gates Bed & Breakfast is where my wife and I stayed to research Darien’s and Sapelo’s storied past. It was built right after the Civil War on historic Vernon Square.
Darien’s once thriving waterfront was razed in 1863 and the proud port town never recovered to its former greatness. The incident was made famous in the movie, Glory.
Behavior Cemetery is where hundreds of Geechee ancestors are buried on Sapelo. It dates back to the early 19th Century.
Sapelo Island’s moss-laden woodlands shelter far more rugged dirt roads than paved ones on the island.
South End mansion did not survive the Civil War, and today R. J. Reynolds Mansion standson the same grounds in tribute to Sapelo’s celebrated past.
Lost Legacy tells a story grounded in the Spalding family’s storied, but severed, past that at one time made McIntosh County, Georgia one of the wealthiest coastal setttlements in antebellum era in the South. McIntosh’s port city of Darien is only second to Savannah as the oldest in the Georgia’s long history. And, even today, Darien’s link with Sapelo Island, the largest lost in time antediluvian barrier island on the Georgia coast, remains intact. However, Sapelo’s dwindling Geechee population–ancestors of former slaves who once worked the plantation fields on the island-offers a stark reminder of McIntosh’s conflicted past and the role the Spalding legacy played. In Lost Legacy, two stories are tied together by a span of 150 years and four generations. What if someone claimed to be both a Geechee and Spalding descendant? How might their story be received today? Would they be accepted as a rightful descendant of the wealthy Spalding family and an African-rooted Geechee slave? Would that person receive an equally warm welcome in a world that sees only black and white? I reckon you will need to wait and see how Lost Legacy answers the question.
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