Friday, October 12, 2007
Caroline Lee Hentz - 19th Century Novelist
Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz, pictured at right, was one of America's most popular novelists during the 1840s and 1850s. Noted expecially for her romantic novels set in real-life Southern locations and often based on real-life events, she was acclaimed in the South for Planter's Northern Bride, a rebuttal volume to Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Mrs. Hentz spent the last years of her life in Jackson County, living with her son Charles in a large two-story home across Lafayette Street from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marianna. It has been thought by many that her book The Long Moss Spring was set in the county, but in reality she completed it while still living in Columbus, Georgia.
Mrs. Hentz died prior to the Civil War and is buried in the family plot at St. Luke's Churchyard. Her son, Thaddeus, was later wounded near her grave while fighting as a member of Norwood's Home Guard during the Battle of Marianna.