Jon could not come because he was working on the spring production of Moonchildren. Abe was in town after visiting grad schools in DC. Susan is developing an irrational affection for this little Blue Ridge town. She checked out a little bit of local history. The first wave of development came after the Civil War. The mountains were apparently regarded as safe, so Scotch and Irish settlers in the area sent their families into the hills while they went off to fight. Returning soldiers settled in the area, and the town was incorporated in 1889 when it reached a population of 300 people. There's been some growth since then - the population in 2008 was 1490!
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
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