When I was growing up the country was caught up in a frenzy of a technology explosion fueled by the advent of the space age.  When I was in the first gradeRussialaunched Sputnik and the race was on between the Soviet Union and theUnited Statesvying to be the first country to accomplish various space achievements.  Chemistry sets, microscopes and telescopes were on the wish lists for children around the world while families would sit outside on a clear night and watch a satellite cross the sky.  Architects like Frank Loyd Wright designed architectural structures that amazed the world at his futuristic design. Buckminster Fuller invented his geodesic dome that showed man how to live in a self supported dome home that allowed a family to live in the future.  The relics of the past were viewed as old and antiquated and did not display the direction the world was going. 

 

By the time I was in the second grade Farmerville was making strides to become a more modern town by making its’ own architectural changes.  One day my teacher told the class to pick up all our books and follow her.  We were moving to our new school and in a few moments we walked out of our elementary building from the 1920s into our new elementary school of the future complete with skylights that allowed sunlight in.  We were amazed.  The older building was eventually demolished in the mid-sixties to make way for a school parking lot.  Mangham took the other approach and renovated their school as did Neville and they are now a testament to the grandeur of our earlier heritage.  Like the schools of the area, many residents watched the wrecking ball take down the Union Parish Courthouse in the early sixties.  Today only the bell remains of the beautiful structure that witnessed so many trials in addition to the military maneuvers headed by General Patton that ushered out theU.S.mounted cavalry.

 

But there is some restoration in progress that will save a part of our history.  For years I would drive past the deteriorating Edgewood Plantation.  It hurt to see such a structure fall into decay.  Built in 1902, the plantation had a curved porch to appear to look like the deck of a steam boat.  The interior was exquisite.  Near by a young Charles Lindbergh landed his plane in search of gasoline.  Years of vandalism and the ravages of mother nature had taken its’ toll.  Enter Pat and Kaye Carol.  They have turned the restoration of Edgewood into a labor of love.  Like the Phoenix the plantation has risen from the ashes and is being restored to its once beautiful condition and thus an historic treasure is saved.

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