Full disclosure: The site may also have environmental issues because its current owner, world famous (retired) "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan, said she buried her womb there after a hysterectomy. Also, visitors may have not used the available port-a-potties during peace parties at the Camp Casey property.
All reasonable offers considered. (By reasonable, we mean anything that can keep the bill collectors off Cindy's back as she plans her comeback as a humanitarian). Buyer must promise to harass President Bush whenever he "comes home" to Texas.
After her resignation as Peace Mom this week, Cindy Sheehan reminded the world that she is selling her property in Crawford, Texas. She bought the five-acre piece so she would have a place to protest and harass President Bush when he went home to his ranch.
Sheehan's purchase came after she and her merry band of anti-war protesters set up shop in a ditch abutting the road to Bush's ranch in the summer of 2005. Sheehan only really slept there for a day or two before her handlers put her up in more comfortable digs. But the peace movement needed its own piece of Crawford, a place that would memorialize Mother Sheehan and her son, Casey, a soldier killed by terrorists in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
Last year while I was on a book tour, I stopped in Crawford at the Yellow Rose of Texas Gift shop to sign books. After the event, a friend and I toured Crawford and she visited Sheehan's land (I stayed in the car because I assumed my welcoming would not be as cordial as hers). After the barrage of questions fired at her, "Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What do you think of the Peace House?" she was allowed to enter and even take some pictures around the property and inside curious items such as a teepee.
Sheehan's land adjoins the Crawford Peace House, which we located easily due to a police patrol out front with its lights on. We later determined that the excitement at the Peace House started when Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel and current Bush hater, ran a stop sign. The cop let her off with a warning.
My friend entered the Peace House to get a flavor of the folks who run the joint, which is the center for activity in the anti-war movement of Crawford, a town of about 700 that is mostly pro-Bush. Inside the house is a monitor where Col. Wright and her troops can spy on people who stop to look at Sheehan's property.
We meandered down the road to the main entrance of Camp Casey and parked outside a padlocked gate. Within a couple minutes, Col. Wright came screaming down the road in her car followed by a couple of guys who must have been security back up. Frankly, they didn't look too secure themselves, so I'm not sure how they functioned as guards against threatening visitors. One thing's for sure: Sheehan's security cameras, which are sneakily disguised in a rock pile at Camp Casey, work pretty well. I again stayed in the car, but my friend who adores dogs was quickly greeted with tail wagging as a dog rolled to its back hoping for a quick pat. This seemed to serve as a "you are OK" to Col. Wright, and she removed the padlock from the front gate.
Facing the main driveway is a large picture of Casey with the words "Bush Lied" painted in red above his familiar face. White crosses with the names of some of America's heroes stick from the ground. Not far away is a "garden." This is where Sheehan said she buried her womb.
In the center of the wide, flat five acres was a teepee. A box with various items, perhaps protest signs, were inside.
In the day we visited, dogs romped around the property and a couple of guys on the far side of the property kicked back. The scene wasn't Norman Rockwell. But it was really, well, peaceful.
But my friend was overcome by the feelings of sadness and anger there. Maybe it was Cindy's womb. It could have been the pile of children's shoes that acted as a piece of protest art. "These shoes represent a few of the thousands of children who have been killed in the War in Iraq," a sign read.
Sheehan says she must sell the Camp Casey property because she has many bills to pay. It is a beautiful place, but the heat in summer is unbearable. The first time I was in Crawford was the summer of 2005, when Sheehan held her summer of peace and Bush-whacking in the ditch. Her property is a real step up and the piece of land, no matter who eventually owns it, will always have the ghosts of Sheehan's failed fight to stop the war in Iraq.
Catherine Moy is a nationally recognized award-winning journalist who coauthored with Melanie Morgan the book "American Mourning: A Story of Two Families." which details Sheehan's rise and fall as America's most well-known anti-war protester since Jane Fonda.