Swift's Silver Mine
By Lemuel L. Hamilton
       Related to Emory L. Hamilton on  November 22, 1940. Part of the WPA Project
  Papers, The Alderman Library, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
       One time Uncle Nelt, my grandpa and great-grandpa, Green Jones was coming across
  the hill from Grandpa Jones  over to Uncle  Nelt s. It was after dark. They had been
  talking about hunting Swift s mine before the started and had a map with them. When they
  got about where Elbert Bolling s fish pond  now is they saw a sheep standing just below
  the path. Uncle Nelt said, 'Watch me have  some fun,  and he jumped at the sheep to scare
  it. Well, there was no sheep there and he hit on  his belly and hands in the middle of a brush
  pile. He got up and they went on talking about what it could be. They all three saw the sheep
  standing there. They went on home after they got there they started talking about Swift s
  mine again and old man Jones said maybe the hant had something to do with it. He got his
  map out and started reading it. It said in the history that Swift hid a load of silver on the
  banks of Guest River on a little stream running due east and facing a pine ridge. They got to
  studying and the branch where they saw the sheep did run to the banks of Guest River, due
  east and shore enough faced a pine ridge. Old man Jones said, 'Boys we ll have to investigate
       They went the next day and examined the spot and next night went back and moved
  the brush pile, taking a mattock and shovel they dug down under the brush pile where they
  saw the sheep about two feet and struck the  top of a cedar post, hewed four square that had
  been sunk in the ground. They dug down about  ten feet and hadn t yet come to the bottom.
  Some of the neighbors got to laughing at them  and told them it was where an Indian had been
  buried. Uncle Nelt cut the post off and took it  home with him and they quit digging. Funny
  part was though there ain t no cedar in that  whole section there and it must have been
  carried for miles. The closest cedars that large that I know of are on the Powell Mountain.
       I ve heard mother tell about a boy at  Norton finding one of these cedar posts, hewed
  four square, years ago. His parents wouldn t  let him dig it up and she said he left home over
       I ve heard say that there was a "Swift  Map" that spoke of these cedar posts, hewed
  four square, with an arrow in the top pointing  in the direction of the mine. It is said that Swift
  buried some treasure under each one of these
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