HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1818 went out in a blaze of glory. It had been a phenomenal year. Besides the fact that young Jeb Travis had married Cynthia and brought her home to Southampton, Virginia to live, a bumper crop and bumper prices allowed the Travis family to throw a New Years Eve blast that would go down in the annals of great parties as an example to follow. The record snowfall had dressed the countryside in virgin white and a prudish cold but it had not dampened the spirits of the hundreds of people that trekked through deep drifts on hazardous roads to celebrate New Years Eve at the Travis Plantation. Music and laughter flowed like wine and wine flowed like a river. It was a glorious ending to a glorious year.

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