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Marion County Heritage Center Book Signing

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Sunday, April 6th, was quite a fun day!  All Marion County authors were invited to come to the Marion County Heritage Center for a reception and book signing.  My book, A Garrard County Tragedy, has been in publication for 14 years, but, nevertheless, I was invited to join a relatively new group of authors.

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The Marion County Heritage Center is located in the old court house!  There are section on some of our famous natives – Eddie Miles, an Elvis impersonator, and The Turtle Man of television fame.  Honestly, I don’t know his name!  There are also cases with pieces from the Civil War and earlier Marion County history.

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In the above photo you can see the 8X10 photos of the Hill graveyard in Garrard County, and older generations of the family, that I shared with those who visited my table.  The Hill-Evans feud was the first of the many Kentucky feuds.  Most began after the Civil War, such as the Hatfield-McCoy feud, but this one started in 1829 and ran through 1854.  My great-great-grandfather, Isaiah Hill, along with his two brothers, was killed in the feud March 13, 1852.  His wife had died in childbirth two years earlier.  Fourteen children were left orphans.  My book focuses on how the children continued with their lives in the face of such tragedy.

It was lovely to come home to Marion County and visit with friends and family.  It’s always good to come home!

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