Reverend James Smith
By Rosalie Yoakam
The importance of the preservation of letters, journals, and diaries from the past are illustrated by three journals created by Reverend James Smith of
In 1797, on the third of his journeys, Smith rode from
About a half day's ride up the river from Waynesville he described the following sight. "We were saluted with a view of one of those enchanting plains which are known in this country by the name of pararas. Here we could see many miles in a straight direction and not a tree or brush to obstruct the sight. The grass in the parara we found higher than our heads on horseback as we rode thru it."
After traveling extensively through the
Smith brought his family to the
Soon after his death, Smith's widow and children completed his aim by moving onto the property near Caesar's creek. They recognized the value of his journals and carefully saved them
Smith's descendants became involved in the legal profession in
Some copies of Smith's journals were made in the grandsons' law office. One copy found its way into a historical library at
From the preacher's hand came a gift to the future, a glimpse into the past.