Here in Smalltownland everyone calls them March Lilies. You, however, may know them as Jonquils or even Daffodils. As a child I even called them Buttercups. Whatever the term of endearment, they arrive here in the month of March. Heralding the arrival of spring, even if there happens to be a flurry of snow in the air.
Also in Smalltownland there is a field that becomes engulfed in them each spring. A field that has spent at least a couple hundred, allowing these flowers to grow at will.
This home, built between 1810 - 1825, still stands in our town as an example of the Federal architectural period. Though it has had some additions of a gabled roof and porch, the interior boasts original chair rails, corner cupboards, an open stairwell, and pilastered mantels.
It also boasts a famous inhabitant. Arriving from Faquier County, Virginia in 1803, Richard Buckner went on to become one of our prominent, early politicians. Going on to serve as a state senator, congressman, and a candidate for governor in 1832.
On the property are over 20 graves. Some are unmarked and some have stones with engraving that is not so legible.
It is known that two children were buried in this area. Last year, around this time, I heard a local legend that stated the March Lilies began in the field after the children were buried.
These Grape Hyacinths were also growing wild around the grave stones.
This time the March Lilies don't seem to be in bloom all at once. The top half of the field is covered, but the lower half is just waiting to bloom. If you look closely, there is a girl, with a basket sitting in the field in front of the house.
So, today a bit of history and a mystery of just how this all began.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
Alexis de Tocqueville