The definitive history of West Virginia's Tuscawilla Farm by life-long resident Jane Cary recounts the farm's early days just before the Civil War until just after the end of World War II.
TUSCAWILLA: STORIES OF A FARM is a collection of stories by the late F. Jane Cary about farm life in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, in the middle of the twentieth century. Cary lived her entire life on Tuscawilla Farm, eventually managing it after the deaths of her brothers. This fascinating account of the realities of post-war farm life features P.O.W.s, the ins and outs of hog butchering, how to make the perfect apple butter and much more. Cary’s unique personality and love of the world around her shines through, and takes the reader back to an America that can be hard to recognize.
“Jane Cary’s vivid and often humorous memories of her time at Tuscawilla…are a treasure. …This book will forever be a resource for those interested in local history, and the fact that these stories are now preserved make the book a treasure to read and share with others. Whether you are a long-time resident, a native, or new to the Greenbrier Valley it is truly a gem, and a wonderful account of days gone by.” —Robert Tuckwiller, The Mountain Messenger
Literary Nonficition. Essays. US Regional Studies.
F. Jane Cary (1923-1995) lived her entire life on Tuscawilla Farm, just outside of Lewisburg, West Virginia. She was the second daughter of the farm manager, and after the deaths of her father and two brothers, took on the position herself, managing all aspects of the farm from animal husbandry to gardening to cooking large meals for friends and family.In her youth, Cary had wanted to become a teacher, but ill health prevented her from finishing high school, and instead she instilled her love of West Virginia history and farming by instructing the many young people who worked for her. Well-known and well-liked, she rarely left home, and documented her experiences of the farm on many legal tablets, transcribed and edited by her niece, Kaaren Cary Ford, after her death.