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Local author pens new photo book

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Moore County native Jill Rael recently published a collection of historic Lynchburg photographs and memories of days gone by in Around Lynchburg, which was released on June 4.

The book contains more than 200 vintage images from Moore County and the surrounding area including the early years of Lynchburg, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, historic schools, buildings and businesses as well as images from modern day Lynchburg.

As most locals know, Moore County is the second smallest county in Tennessee but despite its size, it’s brought fame to the area as the home of Jack Daniel’s Distillery since 1866. By the time Moore County was created – from small portions of Bedford, Coffee, Franklin and Lincoln counties – Lynchburg was already well known.

Rael tells the story of not only Mr. Jack but also the individuals and families who helped create the area surrounding Lynchburg through a series of vintage photos collected from local residents, the Moore County Archive and the Jack Daniel Distillery Archive.

Rael says the book is a result of having available time to work on the project and finding the right publisher. She collaborated with Arcadia Publishing, who specializes in historical preservation through publishing.

They are best known for their iconic Images of America series, which chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country.

Prior to penning the book, Rael worked to gain recognition for the historic building of Mulberry, where she resides. Through applications to the National Register of Historic Place and writing on her blog, Dots on the Map, she’s gained national recognition for the historic structures remaining in Mulberry.

As a photographer, Rael has participated in numerous individual and collaborative shows. She is a strong advocate of historic preservation and attends numerous conferences in Tennessee and Alabama. She’s currently completing a Master’s Degree in public history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She lives in Mulberry with her husband, Travis.

She will be on hand during Frontier Day to sign copies of her new book. Rael will be available at the Iron Kettle Restaurant just off the square beginning at 10 a.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.