Briarwood honors Patterson with plaque

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Briarwood Nature Preserve hosted a Novella “Nora” Patterson remembrance event Saturday, Feb. 10 attended by Patterson descendants and their families.   Patterson assisted Caroline Dormon and her sister, Virginia Dormon, in working the gardens at Briarwood.  This tradition continues today with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter who assist the current caretaker of the preserve in much the same way that “Miss Nora” assisted “Miss Carrie.” The plaque was purchased by members of the Johnson family who grew up in the area and worked at Briarwood. Richard Johnson, the first curator of Briarwood, recalled many times at Briarwood as a child and spoke with great fondness about Patterson.   At the time of Patterson’s death in 1992, a Bald Cypress was planted in her memory. The plaque was placed at the base of that tree and unveiled Saturday.