by Rickey Robertson (ATT Contributor)
Another historical trip to some more of the old Peason Ridge Homesteads. Went to the John R. Brown place (original picture of the old place with his daughter sitting in front) that was located on Martin Creek. John R. Brown had a very big farm and he plowed it all with his old mule Molly. He had a big place, a syrup mill, and the woods full of livestock. He was a susistence farmer and even had some sharecroppers on part of his place. You can see in 2 photo’s where the home was at and the third is the old road that ran in front of the house. Now the Army has this crossroads named “Batumi”. Just across Martin Creek was the farm of my G/Unce Tom and G/Aunt Doanie Craft McInnis place. They had worked hard and farmed all their lives. The original photo is of Tom and Doanie Craft McInnis and all their children. Just as all the folks who owned farms and homesteads they died of a broken heart at the loss of their old place.And while we headed for home had to stop at the original locaton where Cold Springs School and Church was located. It was built in 1889 and operated at this site to about 1908 when it burned and moved a couple of miles. And yes there was a spring in front of the school and one in the back….and the springs are still running good Cold Springs water !
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