~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Friday, November 6, 2009

Destination: Pigeonroost, NC- Scenes from the trip

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
Their winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves.

John Muir~

Pigeon Roost Freewill Baptist Church Along the road in Pigeon Roost A family cemetery behind the barn The Blankenship- Arrowood Cemetery on Prices Creek in Yancey County, North Carolina. This cemetery is located atop a steep mountain. Amazingly they manage to get the deceased and the tombstones up there! It is about 40 feet wide and about 150 feet long, just along the ridge of the top of the mountain. The view is beautiful! The view from the Blankenship-Arrowood Cemetery, atop the ridge.

This is the view from an apple stand where we stopped for apples..Wonderful apples! An interesting old house and barn along the way. The Mitchell County Courthhouse. A view along Cane Creek.

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