“Tobias MacIvey was 30 years old and had been in the Florida scrub for five years. He had come south out of Georgia in 1858. In his horse-drawn wagon there was a sack of corn and a sack of sweet potatoes, a few packets of seeds, a shotgun and a few shells, a frying pan, several pewter dishes, forks, and a cast-iron pot. There were also the tools he would need to clear the land and build a house: two chopping axes, a broadaxe foot, crosscut saw, auger bit, and drawing knife.”
That is a little bit of what you may hear at the Bartow Public Library when Patrick Smith’s son Rick takes the stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 to read from his father’s book “A Land Remembered.”
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