Happy Holidays from the Parker Academy Project!
During one Christmas in the early 1850s, Daniel and Priscilla's youngest son Eben presented a special gift: "Before the Dawn on Christmas the household would be gently awakened by the sweet tones of the violin sounding out so clearly and softly...in an incredibly short time, young and old would be in the parlor then the intensity of interest knows no parallel throughout the year.
A letter addresses to Father and Mother Parker. Father opens it and reads a carriage has been given to Father and Mother with tear dimmed eye and he looks upon his manly young son saying, 'Eben this is too much for you to do.' Then the strong musical voice of the young man says ' no Father, nothing that I can do is too much for you and Mother'." -from the manuscript of Sarah Baker Preston Parker, wife of the Head Teacher (and first born child) James K. Parker. *photo credit: karleeaturner.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/an-old-fashioned- Christmas- in- the-1850s/
Yesterday our team visited the original Parker family homes, including that of James Parker and Daniel Parker (photo at top). The old ice house was converted to a small chapel next to the women's dorm (photo at left). #historicalarcheology#ohioarchaeology