Historian Lori Roberts will re-enact the fascinating character Martha Washington at Lawrence County Museum of History on August 8th

BEDFORD – Lawrence County Museum of History local educator and historian Lori Roberts will re-enact the fascinating historical character of Martha Washington on Monday, August 8th at 7 p.m. in the museum meeting room.

Martha Washington, center left, did not actually arrive in New York until a month after George’s inauguration on April 30, 1789, so she would have had no reason to be jealous of the woman in the multi-toned brown gown. Frankly, if she’d been the jealous sort, life would have been difficult since women on both sides of the Atlantic had a crush on George, perhaps for his military fame or his height, over 6 feet, head and shoulders above most 18th-century men. He’d perfected his dancing ability and rarely sat out in any type of music, leading out each dance, finishing long after Martha had taken a seat. She had one consolation: she knew who’d be next to her on the carriage ride home.

Our first First Lady will tell us all about her life with George and show us how she dressed to get through busy days at Mount Vernon.

The speaker program follows the LCHGS monthly meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m.

Both are free and open to the public.

Lori Roberts

Lori Roberts is a wife, mother of three, mammie to nine, and educator to hundreds of students over the past twenty-nine years.

In addition to the two-legged members of her large family,  She’s a mom to two Golden Retrievers and a cat who thinks he is part of their pack.

She presents historical characters to historical events, historical societies, and libraries as First Lady, Martha Washington; Anna Jackson (the widow of Stonewall Jackson); Ann Jennings, Indiana’s first 1st Lady; and Corrie Ten Boom, a Nazi Concentration Camp survivor.

She and her husband love to go camping, or what she likes to call Glamping, in their fifth-wheel camper. She loves antiques, family history, and spending time with her family and gal pals.

Roberts has met many interesting people at book events and conferences. In 2018, she started her own publishing company, Crecelius Haus Publishing.

Lori Roberts has always loved the south. Her historical fiction novels, set in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, bring themes of family, country, and slavery to the foreground as the country is thrust into the War Between the States.

Lost Letters~A Civil War Love Story, gives the reader a taste of time travel and the paranormal wrapped up in a love story that crosses time to help both the living and the dead. Ellie Morgan, newly divorced, learns she is the sole heir to a relative she doesn’t know. She inherits a large plantation and all the furnishings, including a Civil War ghost. Ellie crosses time to help the unsettled ghost find closure and a new beginning for her.

Willow, set during the turbulent years of the War Between the States, brings young Cordelia Barlow to a place of love and acceptance after her only constant is taken from her, throwing her life into turmoil. It is during the War and occupation of the town by Yankee soldiers that she learns both love and loss, as well as the secret her family tried to protect her from knowing.

The Lowcountry, a place of beauty and intrigue, beckoned Lori to Charleston and Johns Island to write the Lowcountry Ghost Trilogy.  Cries in the Night, A Lowcountry Ghost Story, is the first book in the series. It takes place in Charleston and introduces the reader to Carly Tabor, a sensitive who learns about her gift as her home is being haunted by a series of spirits who lived in the house two hundred years earlier. Carly must overcome her fear of the dark spirit in the house to find the answers to what is causing the haunting.

Where the Sweetgrass Grows, is the second book in the Lowcountry Ghost Trilogy. It was the 2019 Silver Falchion Finalist for Suspense at Killer Nashville, an international writer’s conference for mystery and suspense. In this novel, Carly Tabor put her “gift” to rest, or so she thought after the mystery of the haunting of her King Street home was finally solved. Fast forward to two years later, and overhearing the mother of a missing teen opens up the sensitive’s clairvoyant ability, taking her on a deadly search for the whereabouts of three other missing girls. The hunt will span a time of forty years, and Carly soon learns the killer is back for his fifth victim- her.

In September of 2019, Lori released her first YA historical fiction book. The title, This Dark and Bloody Ground, is book one in the Tales of Frontier America series. Set during the years surrounding the Revolutionary War and pioneer migration through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky, the Diele family follow Daniel Boone to the new settlement of Boonesborough in 1776. Their daughter, Maggie, is taken captive by an Indian who takes her a hundred miles over the mountains to the Cherokee village of Cowatee. Will she make it back to Boonesborough, or will she forever be a prisoner of the Indians?

Roberts is also the author of  Remember My Name~ Oukonunaka’s Tale, book two in the Tales of Frontier America Series and Sing a Song of Murder, a novel based on a true story in a small Indiana town in 1904.