Jasper County Historical Foundation (JCHF) hosted its winter historical program on February 15 at Thomas Persons Hall. The meeting room was filled with persons interested in the mystery
and intrigue around “The Rock Wall”, located in southern Jasper County. Larry Smith, American historian and local favorite storyteller, presented the program with excellence to
an audience intense on knowing the truth concerning this topic.
With deep family roots in Jasper County, Mr. Smith has heard many stories of life and the interesting folklore, mysteries or tales of county history, thus making him such a popular speaker. While growing up in the community that bears his family name, Smithboro, Larry Smith developed a love for history that has lasted throughout his life. He has spoken on historical subjects in many well-known venues, such as The Old Georgia State Capitol in Milledgeville.
“The Rock Wall” seemingly has been in existence for hundreds of years and according to Mr. Smith, was sure to be an Indian structure until….the US Forest Service performed archaeological surveys in 1999 and again in 2007. The result of the team research determines
a probable farmstead originally dating to the middle to late 1800s. The audience was on the edge of their seats by the time the facts of this study were disclosed.
The Oconee National Forest houses this historic homeplace and is a proper locale to protect the precious past associated with this rock structure. This vital part of local history is treasured and
hopefully preserved to share with future generations.
JCHF offers free historic programs to membership and the public several times a year. Visit the Thomas Persons Hall.com website or Facebook/Thomas Persons Hall for future listings and information.