Jazzy and I live in Smithfield, a small town in Virginia. We have been in Smithfield for five years and love this town. We would recommend it to anyone who wants a quaint town feel with lots of farm land a short distance away, rivers to relax upon and beautiful old houses to gawk at.
I wrote "Jazzy Explores Smithfield" to provide children a picture book of the town. I wanted to share my love of this beautiful neighborhood and provide information about the history that is here. It took several weeks to create. I had to get permissions and organize the visits. The book has wonderful pictures of historical landmarks and short blurbs about the history of what is shown in the photos. Jazzy, of course, is in every picture. It's a great souvenir of a visit to the town with some educational tidbits thrown in.
On my back road travels, I pass through many small towns. I discovered that people who live in small towns are very proud of their cities. But how do you share this pride with visitors or pass it on to your children. Most towns have a gift store somewhere and sell books about their town. But it's hard to find a book about the town that is geared towards children.
My aunt Carol lives in Murfreesboro, NC. It's only about an hour away and I have visited many times. Last year I sold Jazzy books at their Candle light tour, which is really a cool event. The Historical Association had some wonderful history books about the town, about special people from the town and other stories. But, there were no books about the town geared towards children. I jokingly suggested to Gertrude, a fine resident of Murfreesboro, that Jazzy should come explore. She loved the idea and has spearheaded the project by connecting me with all the people who can guide me through the town's visual history.
Murfreesboro is only an hour from Smithfield and I have a place to stay overnight with my aunt Carol. We plan to get all the pictures in one weekend. We'll see how well that goes, but it's my goal.
If I can pull it off, then there is nothing stopping me from exploring other small towns with Jazzy. It will provide me with an opportunity to travel and provide the towns with a legacy to pass on to children.