What has Mama been writing?


Welcome to… The answer to that question is Mama has been writing and publishing books! The Adventures of Abigail Rose—Ida Patten’s Antebellum Doll and Abigail Rose Visits The Gamble Plantation have both been released and are fulfilling their purpose of bringing history to life for readers young and old and raise awareness of the Patten House and its restoration project.

The first book is currently available at several local museums: The Gamble Plantation Historic Site (a Florida State Park and the location of the story), Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly The South Florida Museum), Manatee County Agriculture Museum at the Palmetto Historical Park, Manatee Village Historical Park, and DeSoto National Memorial Park. The book is also available in the gift shops at two Battle of Franklin Trust sites in Franklin, Tennessee – Carnton and the Carter House.

You can also find the books on Amazon by clicking here. Or visit the Bookstore on this website (see tabs above) or other online sites like Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.

In November of 2017, I published a four-generation book project to showcase the family stories written by my grandmother’s sister. The book was illustrated by my then-13-year-old daughter, my mother provided the research and photos, and I wrote the foreword (and additional writing) as well as the book’s design and layout. (See cover photo below.)

WHAT’S NEXT? Several projects are on the back burner, including the biography of Dr. W.D. Sugg (visit his page at or who was instrumental in establishing many landmarks in Manatee County Florida as well as his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. My daughter has several stories she would like to possibly publish and we have discussed a collaboration, which could prove interesting.


Here’s the four-generation book project book cover featuring a photo of Lela, my great-grandmother, with my WWI Veteran great-grandfather, Charlie.

RL&C Cover Only

This book is also available on Amazon by clicking here. Or you can buy directly from the author/illustrator from our Bookstore (see tab above) or other online sites like Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.


Thank you for visiting,

~ Lela


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