Clemson, SC to Knoxville, TN
Jul 07, 2006
Aug 09, 2006
After fulfilling my desire to drive all over the area where Harmon Cummings lived I headed for Knoxville to visit my last missionary companion. There is no direct route to Knoxville, so I selected some back roads through GA, Eastern NC and through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The entire drive was beautiful, even the portion in Augusta, GA was nice.
I spent a good portion of the morning driving around the southern part of Anderson County, SC. I found the lane named for Harmon Cummings "Cumming Springs Road" (note the misspelled name.) and the ONLY street sign along the entire length of the road. Without taking lots more time in the county records I found the basic area where Harmon reared his family. There's no doubt that the area was covered with trees when Harmon and his young family arrived in 1781, and that some of the cleared areas were cleared by Harmon and his sons and neighbors. It was just kinda fun driving around where he lived and died. Speaking of his death, I did find the cemetery where he is buried, but, just like his records reflect, his grave is unmarked and the Baptist Church that owns the cemetery knows that he's buried there, but not where.