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Georgia Bible Records Paperback – 1985
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I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park. My parents had five children. Even though we grew up during an era where children's toys were few, we invented our own games - drew paperdolls, wrote plays and acted on a hand-made stage in our home. So it was that the Holland Sisters took the lead for childhood fanciful entertainment in Inman Park. We exhibited art, won contests, and our sketches were shown to lower classes for years afterwards.
Musical and artistic talent came from our grandmother Evans who loved to tell us stories of the golden days of her own childhood. Every summer she was taken to the old plantation home in Brent (Monroe County). It was a commodious white clapboard house with a front porch and square columns. There was a wide wooden hallway separating two parlors and diningroom downstairs, with a staircase leading to four upstairs bedrooms. In one of the parlors sat the first piano ever to be brought to Monroe County. In 1850, when Jennie Lynn, the Swedish soprano was transported to America by Barnum and Bailey Circus, GG-Grandfather Davis Smith took his wife, Elizabeth, to hear her sing, and came back with a piano.
Elizabeth was a fine pianist and entertained her friends in the community of Brent with her concerts. She sent her children to Wesleyan Female College in Macon (the first female college in Georgia) to study music. It was from this lineage that Grandmother Evans declared her talents.
During the War Between the States, the homeplace survived, as Monroe County was not in the direct path of General Sherman. However, during his famed march to Savannah, scouting parties foraged the area.Read more ›