by Patricia Feager, 5/10/19
Stepping back in time is fun and interesting and gives one a different perspective of how things were done in the past. Cannonsburgh Village, south of Nashville gave me ample time to reflect on building materials and a sense of community. Something obvious to me was the use of wood to make log cabins, rocking chairs, porches, the schoolhouse, tables, and chairs.
While looking at so many different wooden things and ways to construct building materials, I am in awe thinking about the necessity of wind to plant the seeds that grows the trees with rain and water. As a squirrel rushes past, I'm reminded how dependent they are for the nuts and acorns they gather in the fall for survival. As for pioneers from years ago, today, people are still dependent on natural resources and alternative products that don't grow out of the ground. For future generations, sustainability must be taught and utilized. As for high priority, it has to be consumer safety for all creatures on earth.
Adjacent to building structures at Cannonsburgh Village is the trees and various birds that disperse the seeds as they soar within this community. Nature is always working. Within the earliest villages and communities, there was at least one school, church, and general store. People are constantly learning. At this particular Village, there was a one-room doctor's office. To have a fine physician and medical care takes top priority in every community. Stepping back in time on occasion is educational and reflective on re-discovering how essential it is to find the right community and not just live there, but to be an active participant in providing the tools, growing the food, teaching the children, and being of value by giving back to the community in which you live.