The US Post Office for the community of Partridge, Kentucky is located about a mile and a half from the Letcher / Harlan County line on an old alignment of US 119. Partridge is about 5 miles north of Cumberland on US 119 and about 18 miles south of Whitesburg in Letcher County.
This place has always fascinated me. Not because it is some big interesting town or a place with a neat back story. Its always fascinated me because I live in Smith, Kentucky, and this is Smith’s Grove, Kentucky. Kind of like Harlan and Harlan Crossroads, which is another community I will cover in the blog later that is located near Tompkinsville in Monroe County.
Smith’s Grove is located in rural Warren County. The town was incorprated on March 21, 1872.
College Grove is an unincorporated community about 25 miles to the west south west of Murfreesboro on US 31A in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Williamson County was formed in 1799 and College Grove was one of the earliest settlements in the county. In the 1880s, College Grove had “100 residents, with three cotton gins, two corn and saw mills, two general stores, and a wagon maker
Wytheville is the countyseat of Wythe County Virginia, the self proclaimed crossroads of Southwest Virginia.
Wytheville is located near the intersection of Interstates 77 and 81. The town and county was named for George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and Mentor of Thomas Jefferson. The town is also home to Edith Bolling Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson.
From 1772-1776 the site of Austinville was the home to the now extinct Virginia county known as Fincastle. Fincastle County was created in 1772 and strtched from Botetourt County, Virginia all the way to the Mississippi River, including all of present day Kentucky. Fincastle became extinct in 1776 when the county was split into Washington, Montgomery and Kentucky counties. Austinville is also home to the father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin.