1787. One weary man and one weary teenager have been walking north.


1787. One weary man and one weary teenager have been walking north for days towards the headwaters of the Savannah River. With little to eat, they spend a long, wet night with only a small wooden cart to protect them from a torrential early summer rainstorm. On the sixth day of June, father and son arrive at Hopewell, a plantation along the Seneca River in a settlement on the outskirts of present day Clemson. The bedraggled pair are received graciously by General Andrew Pickens himself, and they present a proper letter of introduction from one Colonel Le Roy Hammond. They are, presumably, wined and dined, and rejuvenated by a comfortable night’s sleep. Father and son travel on to reach the settlement of Seneca, situated beside the lovely Keowee River, before following the faintest of trails into the vale of Jocassee, a place whose name may be forever linked to that of Andre Michaux. ~K 

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