On October 8, 2017 we will celebrate the 200th birthday of Anna Greenough, a fascinating woman born here in 1817. Anna grew up to be a vivacious, strong-willed, observant individual with a rapier wit. A child of wealth, Anna had a wide circle of friends, mostly Unitarians, including young Julia Ward (Howe). A fervent abolitionist, in 1838 she married a West Point-educated engineer from North Carolina. Within a year, Anna’s life turned upside down from his sudden and unexpected inheritance of a large plantation.
Our well-illustrated talk will focus on her first three years of marriage, using Anna’s own words from a remarkable set of weekly letters to her mother.
Our speaker is Tillman Cooley, Ph.D., a geologist from Dallas, Texas. Born in North Carolina, Tillman is Anna’s great-great- grandson.