Does Pikeville Sit Upon Land Once Owned by a Legendary Buccaneer?

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November 17, 2017
Author, Robert Prather returns to Pikeville
For over two hundred years lurid tales of rich silver and gold mines have enticed untold numbers to search for Jonathan Swift’s treasure source.  In the 2015 Third Edition of The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver Kentucky author, Robert A. Prather, presents archival documentation revealing the precise location of Swift’s legendary silver mine.  Another primary discovery reveals that much of Pike, Johnson and Floyd Counties sit upon land that was once owned by Swift and Michael Montgomery, who is believed to be one of Swift’s mining associates.  On May 10, 1797 Jonathan Swift was granted a 100,000-acre tract of land by the state of Virginia.  The tract was stated to be located “upon the main right-hand fork of the Big Sandy River at the mouth of Shelby Creek.”  Prather says “based upon the results of my investigation, the land Pikeville sits upon was once owned by Jonathan Swift, the legendary buccaneer and silver miner of the late 1700s.”

Many other breakthrough discoveries regarding the legendary silver miner and his celebrated treasure are revealed in the 424 page book.

The author will deliver a presentation and sign copies of his book at the Pike County Public Library on Tuesday, November 28, from 2 to 5 pm.  The book signing will begin at 2:00 pm and a visual presentation of Mr. Prather’s discoveries begins at 4:00 pm.  A free “Swift’s Treasure Map” poster will be given to those who purchase a book (a $5.00 value).  For further information call Charlene Hopkins at the Pike County Public Library at 606.437.6001. The public is invited.