Scott County Historical Society
Scott County, Virginia
''History of Scott County''
Author R. M. Addington Publishes Work on
A contribution of sterling worth not only to the country, but to the literature of this section is the new book "History of Scott County, Virginia," by R. M. Addington. This work, published by the author, was printed at the Kingsport Press, Inc. and came off the presses just a few weeks ago. The volume is beautifully bound in blue cloth, contains 364 pages, and 30 very illuminating illustrations.
In writing this book Mr. Addington has accomplished a task for which he merits the lasting gratitude of he people of historic Scott County, Val,---not only for the present generation but throughout the generations to come. He has preserved in a most readable and instructive book the priceless heritage of the colorful history of his county. He has preserved historical facts that otherwise would have been lost in the changing generations and he has presented these facts in a manner which should make his work not only of intense interest to the people of Scott County and this immediate section, but of general interest as well to all lovers of history throughout the country.
Perhaps no man would have been better qualified to write this extremely interesting history than Mr. Addington himself. His life has been spent in Scott County. Its history, as well as its legends and traditions, are near to his heart. He knows the people of whom he writes; he knows the hardships which confronted the pioneer settlers of this section; he is acquainted with the customs and the manner of life which not only marked the pioneer days but which have to very great extent lingered throughout the successive generations, molding the characters of the people of Scott County of today. Yet in spite of his great store of personal knowledge the book portrays an enormous amount of research work—work which must have required many years of tedious and painstaking effort.
In prefacing his work, Mr. Addington very modestly says "In sending forth this volume I realize that the best part of my county’s history remains unwritten. I refer t the intangible spiritual values as they have been exemplified in the lives of the good men and good women of both the past and the present. These spiritual values constitute the best asset of any country an yet they elude the historian when he tries to place them on paper and so the rank and file with its great common life go unchronicled."
The first part of the "History of Scott County, Virginia," deals with the pioneer settlers and the wars with the aboriginal Indians. Mr. Addington has presented this material in a manner which makes it intensely interesting reading. He tells in detail of many Indian raids on the white settlers, with the massacre and scalping of men, women and children. The names of many characters who are identified in all our minds with the early history of the country appear in these pages—first and foremost of them, perhaps, the immortal Daniel Boone who carved the wilderness trail through the wilds of Sullivan County, Tenn., and Scott County, Va., on his way to Kentucky.
The history goes on to deal with the early courts and schools in Scott, boating on the Holston and Clinch rivers, Scott County and the Civil War and Scott County and the World War. Throughout the entire book the author clings to his unerring accuracy of detail and his fine since of story interest.
Mr. Addington’s "History of Scott County, Virginia" is a work which should grace the shelves of every library in this section of the country, for its interest is by no means confined to Scott County.
Kingsport Times-News; Feb. 24, 1929