Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer in the Hill Country

North Mississippi Hill Country Counties (in dark green)

It is insanely hot in the hill country right now.  I tend to hibernate when the heat and humidity reaches this level.  Because of the heat, the traffic at the bird bath in the back yard is heavy and the all the creatures queue up for a drink.  Deer, red wasps, squirrels, all sorts of birds, and others, I have observed out there of late.  I do the all a kindness by putting in clean water each morning.

The Mississippi Hill Country is the end of the Appalachian Mountains in geography.  The original settlers were primarily Scots-Irish.  A few settled very early in the late 1700s, however, when Andrew Jackson removed the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians in the 1830s, Scots-Irish from north Alabama and Tennessee flooded into the area.  That is when the McCains settled in the Hill Country.  The soil here is not rich like it is in the Delta and rather than large plantations, smaller farms were the norm.  One of the legacies of the Scots-Irish was music and Old Time music at a very high level is still played here.  Elvis Presley was of Scots-Irish ancestry and part of that legacy. 

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