~ 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, July 27, 2012

Avery County Courthouse, North Carolina

Still enjoying my  mini vacation in Elk Park.

Being a 'graveyard rabbit' all around town, loving every minute!

These rolling hills are just beautiful.

Seeing the sights and visiting with friends, it feels more and more like "home".


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Martin Winters Grave at Hayes Orchard, Avery County, North Carolina ~

Winters family cemetery is located on Floyd Hayes Lane off of Buck Mountain Road,
Elk Park, Avery County, North Carolina ~
Cemetery is located off on the knoll, to the left.

Descendants of this tribe are buried there as well.

I have stood at this site many times over the years of my search and wondered about whether or not to enter it into Find A Grave, but the facts are what they are.

I am currently posting from Elk Park , back in town for more searching.
Follow along as I add more!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Beautiful Hills of Avery County, North Carolina

The Queen Anne's Lace was gently swaying in the breeze , the blue hazed mountains off in the distance.