Laurie Woodall, a dear family friend of my husband’s family and now mine, spent some time in northern Virginia. While visiting her childhood home, she showed me a rocking chair belonging to some of her ancestors that actually came over on the Mayflower with them. This rocker rocked more than 13 babies during this time and has been kept in the family for generations. Now Laurie has it to pass down. It must be wonderful to have such a family heirloom survive and still be functional. Laurie also shared that Harriet Beecher Stowe was a blood relative. Harriet Beecher Stowe is credited by some to have planted the seeds for the Civil War that eventually ended American slavery. I was excited to tell Laurie that the famous, symbolic cabin was purchased by Montgomery County, Maryland and is located on Old Georgetown Road in Rockville. This of course brought back memories of research that I did back in the early 1990s.