Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. "W" from Bloomington write:

We were greeted by Hal who took us under his wings and made sure that our visit was memorable. He is a wonderful resource for Monmouth and truly represents the finest in Southern hospitality. The beauty of the house and grounds stand out above any we have experienced. God has certainly touched this place.

We also were well aware of the attention to detail at every turn. We felt welcomed as your personal guest. We also noticed that you are "hands-on" owners who work as long and as hard as anyone on the staff. We especially appreciated the verse quoted on your brochure from Joshua 24:15. It explains the presence of "Angels Among Us."

We left a photocopy of a letter written on August 18, 1863 by John Thornburn of the 76th Regiment Illinois Volunteers while camped in Natchez. We have determined that he must have been camped on the grounds of Monmouth when he said, "I am camped on a lot of the Richest man's in Natchez." If he could only see the place now! We will send another copy at a later date along with a few more written during his time in Natchez.

We hope to visit again soon. Our son is in his first year of teaching as part of the Teach for America program. He was assigned to the Mississippi Delta and now teaches Spanish at East Side High School in Cleveland. He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN last June as a history major (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). His eyes have certainly been opened wide by his experiences in the classroom. We hope to visit him at least two more times before he completes his two year commitment.

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