Our route for some six miles passed through a dense strip of woods; at length we reached a piece of open country and soon arrived at the house of a Mrs. Wade
where we were told that Smith
river was twenty-three miles distant. Here we crossed a river of quite respectable size, the name of which we did not learn; having passed on about a mile beyond this river we were told that Smith
river was fifteen or twenty miles distant, and still further on we were told twenty-five, by an old country man we met driving an ox cart.
Shortly after meeting this last named personage we came to what was called Stony Creek Church where two roads met and crossed; taking the right hand one we passed Capt. Peter Saunders
' Iron Furnace and came to the residence of another Mr. Saunders
, a shoemaker; we were advised by him to turn off this road which he represented as being much travelled and take a more private one, which he recommended and which would bring us to Smith
's river at Mr. Daniel Helm
's. The first road we struck after leaving the main road we had travelled all the morning was one which led us up a steep mountainous ascent, the climbing of which caused us to blow not a little.
Coming down the hill we attempted to get dinner at a little hut near the foot of the hill, but failed on account of the poverty of the proprietor; he directed us to his father's, a Mr. Young
, who, he was very confident, would furnish us with a meal.
Following his directions we arrived at Mr. Young
's house and asked for something to satisfy our hunger; he was unable to supply us, as his servant had gone to the mill after meal, and he himself was waiting for his return before he could eat; if wewould wait he would supply us very willingly.
We went on further and after scrambling over rocks and attempting to walk along the side of a steep hill where was no path, and climbing up high hills and almost running down precipitous descents, we came to the house of Mr. Sam Prillerman
; here we obtained dinner, which was very acceptable.
We also learned that it is eight miles to Mr. Helms
, and the road was a very rough and hilly one; we obtained directions from Mr. Saunders
and started off up the road bed higher and still higher until it brought us out upon what is called ‘the Ridge Road
This led us after about three miles fast travelling to a Mr. Turner
's, where we were directed to Mr. Stephen Turner
's, from which point we could find our way to Helms
To our dismay the road to this latter Mr. Turner
's led up an exceedingly steep ascent which caused us much puffing and