Jefferson Railroad Station in Light in August (Location)

The railroad station is the site of several significant departures and arrivals in the novel, including Hightower, who arrives in Jefferson with his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Hines.

Hightower's Church in Light in August (Location)

The Presbyterian church that Hightower once preached in, "using religion as though it were a dream" (61), is Presbyterian, is "perhaps the principal church" in Jefferson (48). While its members show patience with the way Hightower's sermons use "religion as though it were a dream" (61), and seem genuinely concerned for his wife's welfare, the novel later paints a much darker picture of its system of belief.

Hightower's Church

Hightower House in Light in August (Location)

The house that Hightower buys when he is forced to give up the church with its parsonage is a "dead and empty small house" on a "dead and empty little street" (310): "unpainted, small, obscure, poorly lighted, mansmelling, manstale" (48). Maples, crepe myrtle, syringea, and althea grow in the small yard. On the corner of the yard is an old sign, "three feet long and eighteen inches high," which advertises art lessons, hand-painted greeting cards, and photograph developing (58).

Unnamed Businessmen

This icon represents the various inhabitants of the town in which Horace is living at the end of the novel. On his walk to the train station he sees and greets "merchants, another lawyer, his barber" and "a young man who was trying to sell him a car" (374).

Unnamed People of Ripley

This icon represents the various inhabitants of the town from which Young Bayard catches the train that takes him into exile. When he looks at them at the end of Christmas day, he sees various "cheerful groups," including children playing with new presents, youths exploding fireworks, and travelers waiting with friends in the White and Colored waiting rooms at the station (369).

Country Church in Light in August (Location)

Byron Bunch spends all day "Sunday leading the choir in a country church," which is located 30 miles outside of Jefferson (48).

Country Church

General Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jackson received the nickname "Stonewall" during the First Battle of Bull Run. Until his death in 1863 he was one of the Confederacy's most successful generals, and one of Robert E. Lee's most trusted commanders. Like many other southern veterans, Virginius MacCallum named one of his sons after the general.

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