Christian Reid (Frances Fisher Tiernan), Salisbury
The memorial to Christian Reid, pen name of Frances Fisher Tiernan, is a single piece of granite about four feet high in the shape of a lectern. A carved granite book holding the inscriptions is attached to the lectern. The memorial stands on a single granite base.
Images: Front inscription | Left side, spine of carved book | Far-off view
Front: CHRISTIAN REID / (FRANCES FISHER TIERNAN) / WROTE MORE THAN FORTY / NOVELS, ODES AND POEMS. / “THE LAND OF THE SKY” / HAS BEEN THE INSPIRATION / TO ALL WHO HAVE READ IT, / AND MANY TRAVELERS HAVE / VISITED NORTH CAROLINA / TO ENJOY SCENIC BEAUTIES / SO GRAPHICALLY DESCRIBED / BY HER. 1849 1920
Left side, spine of carved book: ERECTED / BY / ROBERT F. / HOKE / CHAPTER / UNITED / DAUGHTERS /OF THE / CONFED- / ERACY / AND / FRIENDS / 1939
Rowan Public Library: Headquarters
June 10, 1939
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Robert F. Hoke Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Frances Christine Fisher (5 Jul 1846 - 24 Mar 1920) was born to a wealthy family in Salisbury, NC. She began her writing career in 1870 and continued to publish until her death under the pen name Christian Reid. Although she wrote 46 books her most well-known work is her tenth book The Land of the Sky, or Adventures in Mountain By-Ways that tells the story of summer travelers to Western North Carolina amusing themselves with scenery and mild flirtations.
The title gives the mountain region of North Carolina, and more specifically the city of Asheviile, NC, a nickname "Land of the Sky" that endures to this day.
Tiernan, whose father was killed during the Civil War, composed the inscription for and unveiled the Fame Confederate Monument.
Frances Christine Tiernan is buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina.
Another marker dedicated to the famous Southern writer is located at Calvary Episcopal Church (2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC), one of a series that comprise the “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South.”
The marker is located in front of the Rowan Public Library Headquarters, at 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.
The memorial stands on the library lawn under a mature shady tree.