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April 27, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notable: Mrs. Thomas M. Logan

Algoma. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In 1932, Lily Logan Morrill remembered her mother and life at Buckingham County’s Algoma in My Confederate Girlhood, The Memoirs of Kate Virginia Cox Logan:

… [H]ers was a life of work in the highest sense – work always for the happiness of those about her, for life meant to her one round of unselfish service. She was always packing baskets for the poor and sick. Her very worst cold was caught by giving all her warm clothes at once to an old colored woman whose house had been burned down. In the country in those days, that meant waiting several days for a new supply. She never let anybody leave our home, Algoma, hungry for either sympathy or food. No matter how much the cook might grumble, no matter what hour it was of the day or night, visitors of every class had to break their fast. How did she always remember?

And then there were the numberless cousins and friends to stay week after week, a lonely young Englishman – the proverbial younger son, who long afterwards gave his life nobly in the World War – came for a night and remained for three years.

Nor did mother ever forget to consider even the animals in her service. I remember her childish petulance when she made us curtail our trips because our horses might possibly be fatigued.

At Algoma, not only hospitality but everything else was freely dispensed. Watermelons grew easily in our low grounds, but refused to live on the higher rich lands behind our woods. Therefore, mother never considered it fair to sell melons, but divided her surplus among less fortunate neighbors. During August a daily procession came driving, riding or walking up to claim the dearest of dainties to a darkey’s pallet, while the white neighbors from the back country were never far behind.

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