Major James Prather

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Major James Prather - TIIK XUGSLO VALLEY, known as being the...
TIIK XUGSLO VALLEY, known as being the loveliest and most fer tile spot Knowing of it only through report we were not prepared to lee it to beautiful as it appeared to at from an extended drive along the river on both sides. Nearly eight miles in length and in many placet a mile in width; phut in as it were by great hills and mountains; mountains; cut in twain and watered by the clear - blue, deep - flowing, treeless Tugslo, with s rich landscape varied in beauty by waving fields oi grain, young corn and cotton and an occasional water oak or valley walnut; the moat fertile of farming farming land dotted here and there with farm grove of water oak and tpruee pine, upon an eminence overlooking the valley, an old fashioned fashioned country gentleman'a house, built in 1859, with low, open piazza extending around the whole house, with flower gardens, parka, drives end walks, fanned by mountain breezes and with beautiful scenery on all aides, in this country home that reminds of pictures and novel reading. In point of genuine southern southern hospitality, culture and refinement the inmates of tbis home, Major Prather, hit wife snd daughterare^in harmony with their sur - culture and experience, one who has kept up with the history of Georgia since 1850 and is vet abreast with the times, a man of ideas and a lived in the lower celebrated Rembert He and Mr. Overton Tate, now dead, tive. Major Pralh part of Elbert 01 e great friends. Thirty years ago they the Tug«!o valley and Mr. Tate remaining in lower Elbert. General Robert Toombs, during bis celebrated escape from capture by the federal authorities, spent some time in the valley with his friend, Major Prather. Prather. The general, notwithstanding his recluse, recluse, went every day for a plunge and swim in the clear waters of the Tugalo river. During our drive along the valley, an old rock end earthen chimney, with some rotted timbers scattered around, sole remnants of Joe Erown's cabin were pointed out to us. It was here Joe Brown first lived whenhe moved frcm South Carolina to Georgia. n we learned for the first when a bov. quest throagh Valhalla, d Dr. Lewi miy, got If; others, w N.jor Prather it doubtless the only man who wts intimate with the hermit of Tallutah falls. Many who Tieited tin lalls before they became a summer resort saw the Her - tabin, the name, "J. R. Coal," chiaaelei e never visited the riu) man, who, shunning the face of his fel » » mortal, went many years ago— before the la were hardly known - and lived in a lone t, far irom the habitation of the mountein ■, ■, beside roaring, mighty waters and fright precipices, precipices, and subsisted no one I this day knows how* But 3 the falls the hermit tell eir notice and sympathy. Some tlow d d tome delicacies for hie humble board sent him, which touched the hermit's 1 interchanged ■ they rned ] they a knocking upon the front door. iehtthemainr drew f,„m hi substance the history of his life. This: His name was not J. R. Coal but J. Coal Rogers. He had lived before the late war in Tennessee — where more than any other place in the union father and ton, brother and brother went to war, the one wearing the blue, the other the gray. Rogers' family went into the war thus divided, and returning their colon were not taken off. Feuds arose which ended in blood. Rogers's hands were dyed deeper than all others, and he fled punishment and his own conacience to the then exile oiTallulah fall,. When the ialli became too notorious the hermit disappeared disappeared apparently from off the fase of the earth, and has not since been heard Irom. He wu spoken of as a man of great culture who read books and wrote a great

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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 15 Jun 1885, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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