Note: The January newsletter is being sent two weeks early to allow myself time with my family during the holidays. I am blessed to be able to celebrate with family from California and Florida, and my oldest son will also be home from college in North Carolina. Thank you for understanding.
Happy New Year, 2020!
As we start a new decade, I have been reflecting much on the idea that the land we live on in Simsbury, and the Farmington Valley in general, is rich in history and culture. I marvel at the things that we are able to see now with our own eyes, but what about the people and places that are gone and historically significant events that have passed? I am always interested in learning more about my surroundings because I firmly believe that our environment has a profound effect on us. Over time, it has shaped the growth of our towns in their population and other areas of growth. The culture of indigenous and foreign settlers, the animals that have resided here long before us, and the climate, dictate the materials we use for clothing and building supplies, the food we are able to grow and eat, and even modes of transportation available to us.
Considering all of this, I was pleasantly surprised, and fascinated to discover, that Simsbury holds such historical significance in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most of us are well aware of this man and his importance in history for his Baptist ministry, his social activism, his role in the Civil Rights Movement, and for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent approach. What I did not know, was that he spent a couple of summers away from Georgia up here in Simsbury to work on a tobacco farm. Surely, we have all seen the many tobacco barns around town and have wondered a bit about them. There are some that still have beautifully preserved woodwork and fresh coats of paint, but there are also many in different stages of decay. Even those manage to mystify me with their shadows and light shining through the cracks.
I have discovered many articles and websites that speak of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s time and experience here. If you wish to learn more, and to see some fascinating photos, please visit the links I have listed below. Enjoy!
I hope you all have a wonderful start to the new year, full of health, happiness, and a bright perspective!