BEFORE TV: LIFE ON A TOBACCO FARM, A HISTORY OF HIGH HILL -
PINE GROVE COMMUNITY OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

BEFORE TV: LIFE ON A TOBACCO FARM, A HISTORY OF HIGH HILL - PINE GROVE COMMUNITY OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, by JoAnne DeWitt Sharpe.  To those familiar with the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, tobacco farming has been synonymous with the area for over a century. Generations of families made the cultivation of tobacco, a back breaking, but financially rewarding enterprise. As the title suggests, JoAnne DeWitt Sharpe's memories of her early years growing up on a tobacco farm in the High Hill - Pine Grove community of Darlington County are recalled in this work. Hot summer days, good eatin', church fellowships, school times, and family memories march across the pages in a satisfying fashion, each causing the reader to recall his own childhood. However, Sharpe's history also reaches back to an earlier time and provides valuable insights into the history of this small community. The book abounds with insights into that segregated era of white and "colored" schools, community churches and cemeteries, and bits and pieces of news from the area. Numerous photographs (Alexander "Colored" School, the High Hill Home Demonstration Club, and Pine Grove Methodist Church, to name a few) enhance the enjoyment of Sharpe's history. To add to the appeal, seven appendixes provide additional information on the white and African - American churches and cemeteries, Pine Grove school, and news items concerning the community. The slower pace of that not so distant past, before TV, calls to many of us that simpler, yet fuller, life.  2003, Hardcover, 304 pages, illustrations, full name index. Price- $35.00 plus $4.00 shipping.  Order from: Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, PO Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175

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