Rita Ownby Holcomb Author

Bringing my ancestors to life.

Camped atop a green mountain near Buffalo Springs on a cold Sunday morning in January, 1864, Watt took a few moments to read his bible. A particular passage seemed appropriate so he commenced to read aloud. A small group formed around him as he read Ephesians 6:10-16: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, …

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The Homeplace 1850’s Working farm and living History Museum Immerse yourself in a history in this pre Civil War farm where interpreters in period dress go about their daily seasonal chores. You’ll find many authentic artifacts, structures, endangered breeds of livestock and even heirloom plants and field crops. We visited a few years ago and …

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We went there looking for the gravesite of Anderson Lafayette Taylor Jr who died in Chattanooga December 1, 1862. We were unable to locate a marker for my great uncle but saw many tributes to his fallen Confederate brothers. Including Old Douglas the camel. I advise you, if you go there, don’t do what we …

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I finished The trilogy last night! I’m amazed, and in awe of your work. I guess, more than anything else, I’m so thankful that you devoted a good portion of your life to bring the story of this family out for all to enjoy! Thank you so, for being who you are, and being so …

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On my many trips to Tennessee to visit the places where my ancestors lived, I stopped at many battlefields and burial sites. All of them touch my soul but none like Ft. Donelson National Park. Here are some of my favorite shots of the surrounding area. Original music by Rickey Pitman (Bard of the South) …

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