The Women of Robertson Place

 Lynn Carden portraitFormer Terrace Park resident Lynn Carden has written a book. Although her life-long career has been that of an artist, Lynn has recently become the published author of a family history: The Women of Robertson Place: A Family Saga.

While living in Terrace Park, the artist’s family spent many weekends at Robertson Place, her family’s homestead in Ross County. Its grounds served as an artist’s muse. But the discovery of a trove of documents, tintypes, letters, and artifacts compelled not only her daughter Jenny to create a film documentary, but Lynn to write a book.

 The Women of Robertson Place

Because women have often been left out of our history books, Lynn says she spotlighted the lives of six generations of women who came to live in, love, and care for Robertson Place. In her annotated and illustrated book, she places her colorful characters in historical context from 1793, through the Civil War, and into the 20th century. Pioneers cross the barrier mountains, country squires settle the land; a boy soldier escapes from a Confederate prison, and a rebellious daughter elopes. Weddings, funerals, and church revivals fill the pages of her book.

Covering over 200 years of Southern Ohio history, Lynn also writes about Terrace Park during the years 1974 to 1998, when she and her husband Doug, along with daughters Amy and Jenny, lived in the big Victorian house across from the church at 111 Terrace Place.

Here is a brief excerpt about Terrace Park from the book:

“Homogeneous and tree-lined, this little community was something out of the past. Period homes lined its streets; each house was individual; each yard carefully tended. Children rode bikes or walked to school and to a tiny grocery store in its midst. As if by magic, milk arrived at back doors. In the heart of the village was a park in which young boys clamored over a World War I cannon when folks met for the annual Memorial Day parade.”