BACK CREEK


According to information supplied by Dennis Tickle, the Back Creek Community in Pulaski County historically has been located at the head waters of Back Creek and Thorn Springs branch about six miles north of Pulaski on State Route 636.
About 1850 Kent BENTLEY owned a large farm. The waters on the south part of his farm went to the Thorn Springs branch, waters on the West part of his farm went into Peak Creek. The main large spring on his farm was the head water of Back Creek.
About three miles from the head waters of Back Creek, East through Back Creek Valley and where 636 crosses is what once was known as Slabtown branch there was an old building foundation where an old home was used to make flour, corn meal and buckwheat flour. It was known as the Slabtown Water Mill. The mill's name came from the shape of the rocks that it was built with, also from the wood shape material the water dam was made from. The old mill was last operated by a man named GUNN.  TICKLE didn't have the first name. Later Back Creek farmers took their wheat, corn and buckwheat to the Pulaski Mill. They'd have to make two trips each year, fall and spring. The farmer would leave at about 11 a.m. then return home about 8 p.m.
The James B. MILLER farm in Back Creek would for many years take a wagon load of side and shoulder bacon with hog jowls to Pulaski P.D. Iron Furnace Store and sell all the meat for cash to buy groceries such as white and brown sugar, coffee, some clothes and shoes.
Back in 1885 farmers on Back Creek would join together in the Spring and take a wagon load of bacon, poultry and other farm products to Lynchburg and sell it then buy fertilizer, flour by the barrel, plaster for corn crops, coffee and sugar, again by the barrel, stock and table salt by the hundred pound bags and other farm supplies.
According to reports it would take several weeks to make the trip, especially if the road was muddy.
About 1890 there were 11 large farms in the area. Among the prominent farms there was the Crockett Ingles Jordan Farm, the Miller Farm, part of which is where Back Creek Community Center (formerly the Back Creek School) is located. Later a prominent member of the community was C.E. RICHARDSON, who headed Pulaski Furniture and owned over 1,000 acres of farmland in the Back Creek - Thornspring area.

Source: SW Times, 1988


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