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Show features Tea Grove Plantation on Thursday
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Tea Grove Plantation will be among the locations featured in an RFD-TV show that airs at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

The show, “Small Town Big Deal,” filmed at the property in August with owner Danny Norman, who has amassed a collection of nostalgic items that represent life as it once was in Walthourville Village. The Courier was on location for a portion of the filming, and the plantation was featured in the fall 2012 edition of Liberty Life magazine.

Show host Rodney Miller said the show’s mission is to shine light on life in small town America, and show people prefer life outside the beltway.

Norman's family has owned the Tea Grove Plantation going back to the mid 1800's. But under his ownership, the longstanding agricultural entity has been transformed into a historical village circa 1900, with more than a dozen barns and buildings that house a vast collection of antique tractors, automobiles, railroad cars, toys and assorted knick-knacks of every size and sort.

And Norman shares that it all began with the Ford Model A he bought at age 11.

“It's not every day Rodney (Miller) takes the helm of a steam locomotive engine,” show spokeswoman Tibretta Reiman said in a press release. “We had to drag him home at the end of this shoot day.”

Miller’s eager for folks to know about “Small Town Big Deal” since it’s an extension of his passion for rural life, the release said.

“It’s always about the people,” Miller said. “‘Small Town Big Deal’ will always be soliciting stories that show why people are proud to be who they are, why they believe small town living is, now more than ever, ‘the good life.’

“Rural America is full of captivating history, too. We’ll never run out of stories and plan to be around for a long while telling them.”

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