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History Braithwaite Manor stands 63 years old, having been finished in 1812 as a Plantation by Samuel W. Braithwaite as a domicile and business centre of the prominent Lemoyne family. Just two years prior to the completion of the manor, the wife of Braithwaite had died in childbirth something that had driven the man into a spiral of drinking, gambling and most importantly mismanagement of the estate until his eventual death in 1837. Braithwaite had left his entire estate to his only surviving child, his daughter Grace E. Colegrove (née Braithwaite), who had married a trader of a significantly less prominently family. However, together the two turned the fortunes of the once mismanaged plantation. One field turned to two. Two turned to four. A variety of crops, an orchard, a small hamlet. Slowly, but surely the estate reached its zenith, benefiting heavily from slave labor as tensions around the practice mounted. A nouveau riche family sort to legitimise themselves in the area and by 1845, a union between the two largest plantations in Lemoyne occurred as John B. Colegrove married Edith M. du Baude, with several kids following over the next many years. Family and pleasure so intrinsically mixed with business as the two families combined for a marked percentage of production in the county of Lemoyne. Though no golden age lasts forever and as the Civil War broke out, the Colegroves found themselves embroiled in a struggle, as John B. Colegrove, as well as his eldest son Thomas G. Colegrove joined the confederate army and fought for their rights and perhaps more distinctly their economical interests, a war that would leave deep marks in the family as well as the plantation long after the war was over. Concept From estate family to field-hand, from lady to gunslinger. The idea is to provide a fun experience across the board for everyone who wishes to involve themselves with the faction and concept, while staying as true to the time period as we can. The focus of will be on the individual relation between all characters that come across one another in conjuction with the manor, creating a microcosm of the post-reconstruction era, with all that comes with it. Family drama in regards to different loyalties, class divides within a singular household and the horrible experiences endured prior, during and after the civil war, and of course how people manoeuvre and navigate such a tumultuous period of time. We wish to provide the backdrop for everyone to create a vibrant, dynamic and engaging RP environment where the player is central rather than the faction itself. We aim for equal opportunity roleplay between all characters and players, regardless of their post character's past allegiances, their race or their gender within good taste of keeping authentic to the time period, hopefully creating an equally fun experience for everyone involved. Life at the Manor As can be expected of a large, now former, slave-plantation there will a great amount of variety in roles that could fit within the confines of the plot of land. This could be everything from a common field-hand with dreams of something more, a veteran who picks up a check as a hired gun all the way to handmaiden or horse-trainer. The world really is your oyster, as the goal for the manor is to set the base for you to be able to engage with the wider Lemoyne community. Creating a place of origin that you can call home. Providing jobs, housing and community for all in and around the manor, as well as the larger community. As such, families are encouraged to come to the manor and live out of the small hamlet at the end of the plantation, creating a small, but important nucleus of workers with relations to one another, unifying the whole area as one large family in spirit if not in name, extending on an OOC level where IC limitations are met. Walk-up RP while your character earns for the day and life, in the progression of their own unfolding story. Be you a recently freed man, a veteran of the wars, a dandy, the farmgirl or the aristocratic princess, then there's room for you here so that you can unlock your story as you see fit. Interested? If any of this has struck your interest, you are more than welcome to ask questions be that in a forum PM, or simply by following a link to our discord or directly snoopy.#0001 / Snoopy. We are more than happy to help or discuss potential character ideas, concepts or connections.
Caliga Hall History Before they relocated to Lannahechee and bought Caliga Hall, the Rutledge family had a lengthy and proud history. They were a well-known and respected family in Virginia, where they were known for their firmly Southern ideals and commitment to the region. The patriarch of the family, Andrew Rutledge's father, was a prosperous businessman and a respected citizen. He taught his children the value of hard labor, ethics, and tradition while instilling in them a strong sense of southern values. Andrew Rutledge acquired the value of business savvy and the fundamentals of commerce as a child; these abilities eventually assisted him in creating a prosperous business empire. The Rutledge family's primary line of business was growing and processing tobacco on a sizable plantation in Virginia. They were well-connected to tobacco merchants and producers and had a thorough understanding of the crop. As one of the state's most prosperous tobacco businesses, theirs was instrumental in the Rutledge family's rise to affluence and notoriety. The family is well-known for its philanthropy and dedication to improvement, and it has strong links to the community. They participated in Virginia's political scene and supported a number of social and educational activities. The Rutledge family was strongly Confederate throughout the Civil War, and they backed the struggle to retain the right to own slaves. They supported the initiative by donating their materials and labor. They had the chance to go to Lannahechee after the war, where they believed their principles and way of life would be more respected as a result of the losses and changing circumstances. They viewed it as an opportunity to start again, recover their financial situation, and continue to advance their southern values and aspirations in a new state. The tough choice to sell Caliga Hall to the affluent Rutledge family, who had gained their fortune in the tobacco business, was made by the du Baude family in 1876. The du Baudes found the sale to be a hard pill to take because they had long viewed Caliga Hall as a representation of their status and power. They regretfully decided to sell the plantation, but they had no other choice. The Rutledge family was able to engage in new economic prospects in Lannahechee, including the purchase of Caliga Hall, using the revenues from their lucrative tobacco business. The plantation was viewed as the ideal opportunity for them to grow their agricultural activities and diversify their business portfolio due to its fertile terrain and advantageous location. The Rutledge family's new chapter officially began with the purchase of Caliga Hall. They were able to keep promoting the principles and ideals of the South and improving the lives of the local populace. They were able to use their knowledge and experience in the tobacco industry to help Caliga Hall produce tobacco and alcohol, which enabled the plantation to grow and become one of the most prosperous and successful in the area. The Rutledge family is a close-knit group of people that shares a common set of values and beliefs due to their deep origins in southern heritage. They saw the purchase of Caliga Hall as a chance to protect their way of life and southern values in addition to carrying on their family's tradition of agricultural success, particularly in the tobacco industry. Business The Rutledge family's operations at the Caliga Hall plantation are centered around the cultivation and production of tobacco as well as alcohol. The family has a long history of growing tobacco on their land in Virginia, and it is also a key source of income for the newly acquired plantation. They have a deep understanding of the crop and the land and they have developed traditional and sustainable farming methods that allow them to produce high-quality tobacco leaves. In addition to the tobacco business, the family also produces alcohol, specifically moonshine. They have a small distillery located in a secluded area of the plantation where they produce high-quality moonshine. The family uses locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods to produce their alcohol. They also take great care in aging and flavoring the alcohol to achieve a unique taste and aroma. The family takes pride in the quality of their products and they are constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate. They are always seeking out new markets for their products and building relationships with local merchants and wholesalers to expand their reach.