Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Plant swap, my Forest Hill book discussion this Saturday at Franklin (Louisiana) Library

            This Saturday (May 14) I will be signing copies of my book, “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary Parish Library in Franklin, Louisiana. We will have a plant swap in addition to my talk about Forest Hill, followed by a book signing at the Alex P. Allain Memorial Branch Library.
            The book details the history of Forest Hill, a town of about 800 people near Alexandria that’s also home to 220-plus plant nurseries. Forest Hill has long been a favorite among gardeners and landscapers and thousands flock to the town’s annual Louisiana Nursery Festival in March. 
            Forest Hill was also the site of Solomon Northup’s first home in Louisiana, the main character and narrator of “12 Years A Slave.” The massive timber industry utilized the ancient forests surrounding the town and only a few miles away was Camp Claiborne, home to the largest peacetime war maneuvers in U.S. history and training ground for half a million soldiers during World War II.