Plaque honors ancestor’s involvement with Briarwood Nature Preserve

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Briarwood Nature Preserve held a Novella “Nora” Patterson remembrance event on Feb. 10. The event was attended by descendants of Nora and their families.

Nora Patterson assisted Caroline Dormon and her sister Virginia Dormon in working the gardens at Briarwood. This tradition continues today with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter who assist the current caretaker of the preserve in much the same way that Miss Nora assisted Miss Carrie.

The plaque was purchased by members of the Johnson family who grew up in the area and worked at Briarwood. Richard Johnson, the first curator of Briarwood recalled many times coming to Briarwood as a child and spoke with great fondness about Nora.

At the time of Nora’s death in 1992, a Bald Cypress was planted in her memory. The plaque was placed at the base of that tree and unveiled for Nora’s decedents on Saturday.