Book signing at historic Oak Hill School

Town of Jonesborough News Release


For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 25, 2021



Heritage Alliance – Anne Mason


Book signing at historic Oak Hill School

The historic Oak Hill School will host author Marsha Honeycutt Marcela on Friday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Appalachian author will sign copies of her book Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me (. . .or is it “I”) about her mentor George Rigney. Copies of the book will be available for $10. Rigney started his long teaching career in a one room schoolhouse, so it is fitting for Marcela to bring his story to Oak Hill School.

The book signing is a part of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Heritage Fair taking place in Jonesborough on September 3 and 4. Oak Hill School will also be open for tours on Saturday, September 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the book signing will be Friday only. Oak Hill School educated students in the Knob Creek Community from 1886 to 1952. The school was moved to Jonesborough in the 1990s’ and today it continues to welcome students through the Oak Hill School Heritage Education Program. For more information on Oak Hill School, visit the Heritage Alliance’s website at

About Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me (. . .or is it “I”)

Who was Rigney, though, and why was his closest companion a domesticated wolf? How does a man who didn’t finish but one year of high school start teaching English in a one-room schoolhouse at the age of 17? These questions and more are answered in her touching biography. Proceeds from the book benefit the George D. Rigney Memorial Scholarship Fund which continues to help students to this day.