Kevin alluded to small-town life here in Burkittsville (spelled with an i, please). Okay, I'll bite.
The post office set-up he described equally applies here; you need a PO box, but some folks are on the Jefferson rural route with street-side mail boxes. Our PO is the only public structure.
In recent decades living in these small towns has become a bit edgy due to the influx of �outsiders� from the east, mostly metro Washington. Burkittsville is frequently held up as a classic example, largely due to the �Blair Witch� nonsense of �99. The Frederick newspaper loves to poke fun at us, comic relief I suppose.
�Old and �new� people have little in common. Something akin to warfare prevailed here in Bovril for well over a decade, mostly rooted in life-style and land-use issues. People know they live on a battlefield, but don't like it to get in their way. If you weren't born here you're �new.� In all candor the town has its fair share of eccentrics, and a few certifiable lunatics. Cities have a greater proportion though.
Next month�s Burkittsville/Crampton�s Gap reenactment has been cancelled--�postponed� as organizers say until �05. From the town perspective this is a blessing. I'm forced to ask what long-term benefit is derived by town or battlefield. The words �preservation� and �education� are liberally bandied about as though reenactments will somehow enhance the ground, its appreciation and access. Never happens. Just passing entertainment.
Meanwhile locals just watch them come and go, scratch their heads, then go about their business. The rhythm of small-town life remains unaffected. Whether urban or rural, everything in life is a trade-off. I wouldn't trade small-town life for the world. It�s timeless and ethereal, as are neighboring drowsy battlefields few understand. You can hear yourself think and dream. Peace is where you find it.
PS: Brian, you may have answered your own question about Seymour's Antietam report. Your having thoroughly beaten the recorded bushes suggests it will likely not come to light.
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