t. elizabeth renich

author of historical fiction

CW BookMart at Historic Blenheim (27-Feb-2010)

Andrea Loewenwarter (Historic Resources Specialist) and T. Elizabeth Renich at 2010 CW BookMart Fund-Raiser for Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Virginia

Andrea Loewenwarter (Historic Resources Specialist) and T. Elizabeth Renich at 2010 CW BookMart Fund-Raiser for Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Virginia

With a little more than a week’s notice, I received an invitation from Andrea Loewenwarter at Historic Blenheim to come Fairfax for a book signing.  I googled Historic Blenheim, as I wasn’t familiar with the site, and after doing a bit of reading, determined that I wanted to be a part of the preservation fund-raiser.

I contacted Josh in the Shipping & Receiving Department of YWAM Publishing (they do the distribution for Emerald Books) and he once again came through for me in getting a shipment of books here in time to take to the event on February 27th.

As it turns out, I knew one of the other fiction writers, knew of a couple of the non-fiction authors, and inevitably met some others who I hadn’t known before.  The numbers of “shoppers” increased slightly as the afternoon wore on, though I’m told that numbers were unfortunately down from last year.  I sold a handful of books and was glad to make the donation to the historic site.

Blenheim, as the Willcoxon Farm was known in 1857, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2001.  Andrea was kind to march a group of us along the muddy path up the snowy hill for a tour of house.  The significance of this place is an amazing collection of graffiti left on the walls primarily by some Union soldiers who were here in 1862 and others later on in 1863.  The restoration is still in progress, and Andrea along with her team, are researching the names of these soldiers who “left their mark” in traditional Kilroy was here fashion.  There are signatures, large and small, cartoons, quotations in German and English, portraits, and poems.  It was my understanding that one of the participating authors had included an actual soldier who had been at and inscribed his name on Blenheim’s walls in her book, based on an ancestor of hers who had been there during the Civil War. 

IMG_3617IMG_3598IMG_3602Andrea’s husband purchased a copy of Word of Honor for their daughter.  I had had a chance to talk with her a little, about loving to read and enjoying history.  When she read the back covers of the Shadowcreek Chronicles, she became interested in Salina’s story.  I hope she will enjoy it.


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