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Brook Hill Architect Robert Mills

An idle afternoon Google surfing led to discoveries about the architect John Stewart hired to make additions to Brook Hill in the 1840s. Robert Mills (1781-1855) was known as "the first native-born American architect" and was also the creator of The Washington Monument in DC and Monumental Church in Richmond.

Patsy Dugger Engaged

Our cousin Norma (Brawley) Dugger informs us that her daughter Patsy Dugger has just become engaged to Isaac Newton. Both live in San Francisco. They will be married in San Miguel de Allende Mexico on October 16th, 2010.

Emmanuel Church 150th

As part of the Emmanuel Church 150th Anniversary celebrations, Brook Hill was made available for a house and grounds tour on Saturday, April 17th, 2010. Over two hundred people came.

John Stewart, of Brook Hill, donated the land, the funds to build the church, and supported the minister with the help of his brother Daniel Kerr Stewart. The Right Reverend John Johns consecrated and named the Gothic Revival style church Emmanuel, God With Us, on July 6, 1860.

Author C D B Bryan dies

Our beloved cousin Courtland Dixon Barnes Bryan, son of Joseph Bryan III, died after a long battle with cancer on 15 December 2009. Some of his ashes will be buried at Brook Hill in the summer of 2010.

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