Barbara E. McCarthy lives in Camden, South Carolina, on her horse farm. She grew up in Michigan where she attended the University of Michigan, and then moved to South Florida where she graduated with an honors degree in court and medical reporting. After starting and operating her own medical reporting business, she moved to Ireland where she lived in a cottage at Adare Manor. There she rode Irish hunters and participated in greyhound training in the countryside before returning to Florida and finally moving to Camden.
McCarthy works in the Mulberry Archives transcribing old documents, digitizing records, and researching historical events. She came to this collaboration due to her ease and familiarity with Southern history. The opportunity to work alongside a history tracker like Marty Daniels was a perfect match for McCarthy, given her background in medical interpretation and natural curiosity.
McCarthy has belonged to the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Owners Association, the National Walking Horse Association, and the Florida Medical Transcription Association. With her husband, Kevin, she works with greyhound adoption agencies in Florida and South Carolina. She is also a member of the Camden Hunt fox hunters and the National Steeplechase Association.
Her free time is devoted to her husband, communicating with her grown children, a book club, volunteering, caring for horses at her horse farm, long countryside walks with her retired greyhounds, and keeping abreast of news and life in Ireland.