“My Curiosity was such, that not being content with contemplating the Products of our own Country, I soon imbibed a passionate Desire of viewing... Animal [and] Vegetable Productions in their Native Countries; which were Strangers to England.”
So wrote Mark Catesby in 1731, the year he began work on the book that would make him famous at home and abroad as an explorer, botanist, scientist, and artist.
Silver-haired in her 80th year, Rosslee Douglas has established a routine that keeps her mind active as the approaching years threaten to dim the memories of when she befriended a South Carolina governor, served a U.S. president, and helped create a national holiday for a man named King.
Imagine a day 200 years from now, when earnest anthropologists start combing the hallways, garages, and kitchens of “historic homes” once occupied by folks who packed Lowe’s charge cards and pored over Restoration Hardware catalogues.