On Friday, September 3rd, the historic Oak Hill School will host author Marsha Honeycutt Marcela from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Appalachian author will be signing copies of her book Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me (. . .or is it “I”) about her mentor Mr. George Rigney. Copies of the book will be available for $10.00. Mr. Rigney started his long teaching career in a one room schoolhouse, so it’s only fitting Marcela bring his story to Oak Hill School.
Who was Mr. Rigney, though, and why was his closest companion a domesticated wolf? How does a man who didn’t finish but one year of high school start teaching English in a one-room schoolhouse at the age of 17? These questions and more are answered in her touching biography. Proceeds from the book benefit the George D. Rigney Memorial Scholarship Fund which continues to help students to this day.
The book signing is a part of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Heritage Fair which takes place in Jonesborough on September 3rd and 4th. Oak Hill School will also be open for tours on Saturday, September 4th from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, but the book signing will be Friday only. Oak Hill School educated students in the Knob Creek Community from 1886-1952. It was moved to Jonesborough in the 1990s and today it continues to welcome students through the Oak Hill School Heritage Education Program. For more information on Oak Hill School, visit the Heritage Alliance’s website at heritageall.org.