One attendee the second year was on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and she asked if I wanted to take her place when she stepped down. Now I'm in my second three-year term, and I've gotten involved with three state historical organizations. Buying this house just ignited something in me, and I've become consumed by the idea of preservation.
When we started inviting people to the property, we wondered if we should tell the whole story or just the positives. To be good stewards, we decided, we have to tell the true history. If we ignore Mr. Stringfellow's Confederacy involvement, it's just another kind of discrimination. I look at our Juneteenth celebration as a way to acknowledge America's constant evolution. As such, an African-American family now holds the deed to this two-story farmstead and its pear, pecan, and orange trees.
Shown: The 300-foot-long drive at Stringfellow Orchards was so overgrown when Samuel first visited, the house was not visible. Live oak, pine, pear, pecan, and orange trees still dot the property.