By Gloria Niec

In A Land Remembered, Patrick Smith tells the story of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battled hardships in the Florida frontier.

“Tobias MacIvey was thirty years old and had been in the Florida scrub for five years. He had come south out of Georgia in 1858. In his horse drawn wagon there was a sack of corn and a sack of sweet potatoes, a few packs of seeds, a shotgun and a few shells, a frying pan, several pewter dishes and forks and a cast-iron pot. There were also the tools he would need to clear the land and build a house.

His wife Emma, five years younger held the baby as gently as possible as the wagon bounced over an old Indian trail that skirted to the east of the Okefenokee Swamp and turned due south.”

I loved reading about their encounters with wild animals, their relationship with the Seminoles, how Emma cooked swamp cabbage and made bread from cattail flour and raised a son in the wilds of Florida.

Thriving in Place and Lifelong Learning are pleased to present Rick Smith, son of author Patrick Smith in a multimedia show about his father and the extraordinary life experiences that enabled him to write with such authority of Florida pioneers, the Seminoles, migrant workers, “river rats” of Mississippi, the social injustices of the South, the Merchant Marine in World War II and the challenges of the present. 

  • Date: March 22, 2019
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Avenue
  • Tickets: General Admission $15 / Reserved Seating $25, (Rows A-F, Seats 1-6)
  • To Purchase: Visit or call 407-566-1234.