The Banks County News- July 28, 1999
- Where deer
and bear roam free
Being married to Daniel Boone aka Chris
Roberts, my vacations often revolve around nature. He is not
one for crowded tourist attractions. Friday we packed up bright
and early and headed for Townsend, Tenn. This is known as the
"peaceful side of the Smokies." It is a quaint town
with few hotels, restaurants and shops. It is very quiet. However,
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is only 20 minutes away if you feel the
need for action.
After we arrived at Townsend and unpacked, we headed for Tuckaulchee
Caverns. These caverns are in Townsend and are quite fascinating.
You can take a guided tour for a few dollars. It is well worth
your time and money. The caverns stay 58 degrees year-round and
have a stream running throughout with water that is 98.7 degrees.
The guide told us many interesting facts and the history of the
caverns as we toured them.
After the caverns, we headed for Roaring Fork which is located
on Airport Road at stop light #8 in Gatlinburg. This is a one-way
road that leads you through the backside of the mountains. While
driving through, you can see some of the original homes and a
mill of the Roaring Fork community. One cabin was a two-room
structure where a couple raised nine children.
Cades Cove, an 11-mile one-way road was our destination for Saturday
morning. It is only seven miles from Townsend. It is a fascinating
place to visit filled with history, old home sites, churches,
cemeteries and wildlife. It was settled in the 1820s. The land
was rich and fertile and produced abundant crops. Deer and bear
were plentiful, so people lived off of the land.
I often imagine myself in the places of those who worked a living
from the land and created a community where jobs like apple peeling
and corn shucking were social events.
When we visit the area, we usually spend a day at Cades Cove.
Wildlife is still in abundance. We saw several does with fawns.
I had the opportunity to visit with a doe and two babies for
a while. They let me get really close and get some great pictures.
I also got a chance to see a mama bear with three very playful
cubs. I didn't get close to them.
Chris' big opportunity came when we spotted six buck grazing
in a nearby field. He almost wrecked the Jeep trying to stop.
In one minute, he had spotted the deer, parked the Jeep and run
half-way to the herd. I watched them through the binoculars.
They were the biggest deer I had ever seen. They made quite a
crowd. Chris spent a lot of time observing them and I took photographs.
After several hours at Cades Cove, we headed out; I convinced
Chris take me to the outlets for a quick shopping spree.
Townsend is a peaceful place to visit with nearby Cades Cove,
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. I have to admit our natural vacation
wasn't that bad. It was actually very relaxing.
Amanda Roberts is a fourth grade teacher
at Maysville Elementary School. She and her husband, Chris, reside
Banks County News
July 28, 1999
Check out SS celebration Sat.
For more than 100 years, people have gathered
in downtown Homer to sing praises and fellowship together. The
annual Sunday School celebration is a wonderful event. Church
gospel groups perform throughout the day and everyone joins together
for a covered dish lunch.
Many fine groups are scheduled to perform during the 122nd celebration
planned for Saturday. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn
chair and spend the day in the park. It will surely be a blessing
to all who attend.
Those volunteers who work tirelessly each year to bring this
celebration to life are to be thanked for their
dedication and service.
to the Editor
Banks County News
July 28, 1999
Looking for lost ancestors
I am searching for information about my great-grandmother Vinie
Leachman Barnett. I believe that she is the daughter of John
Leachman and Nancy Sailors, that she grew up in the Nicholson-Commerce
area in the 1860s and 1870s, and that she was named for her grandmother
(Nancy's mother), Vinie Sailors. Those are my beliefs. I know
she married my great-grandfather Nathan Thomas Barnett in November
1878 and spent the next 66 years of her life in Oglethorpe County
I never got to meet her, but she was much loved by my older brothers
and sisters and had a wonderful reputation in this community.
I still meet people when I am in the area who speak highly of
her. My sister says they used to bring Grandmother Vinie to Commerce
in the 1930s to visit a relative. All she remembers is that they
had a large outcropping of rocks in the front yard.
Can anyone help me with information about this grand old lady?
My postal address, phone number and email address are listed.
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
858 Augusta Drive
Hernando, MS 38632