January 19, 2006
North Augusta is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. And as part of the fanfare, there’s a new book about they city’s history. News 12 introduces you to the local author and her writing.
“The founder of the city of North Augusta first dreamed of the community on the hill above the Savannah River as a young boy,” Jeanne McDaniel said.
Jeanne McDaniel spent two years researching and writing the book about North Augusta’s 100-year history.
“I really did enjoy writing it,” McDaniel said.
Jeanne’s lived in the city for 26 years.
“It’s the story of North Augusta itself, but through the period of James U. Jackson’s life because the two, you can hardly really separate,” McDaniel said.
News 12 talked with Jeanne at James Jackson’s home, Rosemary Hall, which today is a bed and breakfast. The house is on the book’s cover, just one of the many vivid pictures inside along with a vivid story.
“Looking north across the river from Augusta, James U. Jackson asked his father George Twiggs Jackson why no one even developed the area. ‘No one has ever had the vision my son,’ was said to be his father’s reply,” McDaniel said.
And in the spirit of history, Jeanne wrote this book by hand, no computer.
“I’m just a level above the quill pen. I do everything by pencil,” McDaniel said.
And it all came together in this paperback, just in time to celebrate the city’s centennial on April 11th.
Jeanne McDaniel’s book ‘North Augusta: James U. Jackson’s Dream’ is in local bookstores on Monday. Jeanne will be holding book signings throughout the coming months.
Jeanne McDaniel’s first book signing is January 28th at noon at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.