Laura Herriott Interview


Laura Herriott Interview


Crawford, Eric (Interviewer)





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Interview with Laura Herriott, owner and operator of Wilma's Cottage Bed and Breakfast and a caterer. The interview takes place at Wilma's Cottage before she serves lunch. Herriott remembers growing up on Sandy Island and the types of food that would be grown on the island. She grew up going to Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church with her grandmother, Georgie Brown Herriott. She describes the seeking ritual that she went through as a child before joining the Methodist church, where she was paired with a spiritual mother (the deaconess of the church). Crawford asks Herriott about songs that were performed by her mother and grandmother, who were both in the choir. She recalls the long walk from Georgia Hill (at the north end of the community) to the Sandy Island School (near the Mount Arena community). Herriott discusses the types of materials used at the Sandy Island School, and what children would do as part of their work.


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Laura Herriott Interview