A new book produced by the Freshwater and Totland Archive Group entitled ‘I Remember Hill Lodge, Freshwater’ has been published by Island-based publisher, Beachy Books.
The book is inspired by the real diaries of Ellen Victoria Jane Stevenson (1892-1992) who lived in Freshwater, before traveling to America, where she died. From military actions, brushes with royalty and escaping disaster on Titanic, Ellen invites us to share her family’s remarkable journey in her own distinctive words.
With a fine line between local history and family history, in Ellen’s distinctive style of writing, this is a story of a woman determined to overcome misfortune.
A representative of the group explains the inspiration behind the book:
“After one of the group responded to an online post relating to Hill Lodge we got in contact with Ellen Stevenson’s great niece and they kindly donated her journals to us.
“The content and Ellen’s way of writing attracted us and we continued to correspond with her two great nieces and granddaughter who added family information and images. Over the next couple of years Ellen’s fascinating story unfolded, so that when in January 2016 we felt Ellen nudging us to do something with them”.
The group’s research connected them with people across the globe.
“Online friendships formed while working on the project that will undoubtedly continue, while a great deal has been learned that will benefit the group in preparation of a third publication”.
The book retails at £7.50 and is currently available at The Cabin, Avenue Road, Freshwater. Copies can also be obtained direct from the Freshwater & Totland Archive Group’s website at www.fatag.co.uk.