What A Moving And Encouraging Afternoon!

My distance family (Joyceann) visits Harewood and shares her point of view being in the home of where her ancestors where slaves. More to come.

J. Gray Researching

We met, offered our stories and shared a meal. We hugged and laughed and continued to fellowship until late in the afternoon.  All under the gaze of the Washington’s in portraits around the  hallways and rooms. Oh yes time has surely changed!

Finally We meet! Sarah & Joyceann At Harewood, WV Finally We meet!
Sarah & Joyceann
At Harewood, WV

How do I explain the emotions as I sat at the  very dining room table my ancestors  served under the gaze of Samuel W. Washington in the painting hanging high on the wall? I wonder what he was thinking…..How do I begin to explain how I feel eating a  meal  prepared by his descendant and Bushrod Washington’s descendant too?

To explain how it was to walk up the steps and be welcomed in through the front doors of the very home that my ancestors helped to build,  Front Steps of HarewoodThe same home that George Washington visited and to stand in front of the fireplace where…

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About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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