Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A new children’s book about McDowell County’s most important historic site is now available for young and old to read.
The Historic Carson House recently announced the publication of “Treasures of My Heart,” a children’s book based on the family and descendants of Col. John Hazzard Carson, who originally built the home more than 200 years ago.
The book is written by Victoria S. Blake. The first book she wrote is called "My Days With Nell,” which is about the Biltmore House.
“Having lived in McDowell County for most of her life, western North Carolina writer Victoria S. Blake heard fascinating tales about Col. Carson and his family,” reads a news release from Historic Carson House. “In writing ‘Treasures of My Heart,’ she shares a touching story about Mary Carson, wife of Jonathan Logan Carson, son of the Colonel, who must make a heartbreaking decision.”
“Due to Mrs. Carson’s advanced age and failing health, she can no longer live alone in her beloved home. As her furniture is being moved and her mementos boxed up, she makes her final walk through the home with her daughter, Margaret, and her granddaughter, Moffitt by her side. Amid vivid accounts of Stoneman's Raiders during the Civil War, a brother-in-law's duel, or tales of the Underground Railroad, Mary teaches her granddaughter powerful life lessons.”
Blake and illustrator Carly Kauffman will be available to sign copies of “Treasures of My Heart” on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Historic Carson House. This will be during the weekend of the Emma Rankin Story, an event in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the raid on the estate by Gen. George Stoneman’s forces during the final days of the Civil War.