Praise for Forty Acres...

You have compiled a valuable record of local memories of exactly the kind that are most often lost. I’m especially grateful for your account of the history of tobacco growing in your part of the state. The old culture of tobacco is now gone, and it needs to be remembered.”                                                                        


Wendell Berry

Author, poet & recipient of the National Humanities Medal



“The Smiths tell engaging stories of farm and family life that also reveal their tender care of the land. In doing so, they are weaving a legacy for their own descendants and all Kentuckians.”


William T. Turner

Author & Christian County Historian



Well done! I can almost smell [the old tobacco barn]!”     


 Judge Bill Cunningham

Author, On Bended Knees: the Night Rider Story




“I can’t decide whether I like best Billy Smith’s FFA trip to the burlesque house, the recipes, or learning new things like the terror of the Black Patch War, or how to butcher a hog. I thoroughly enjoyed your book.”



Freelance writer, Katie Bush


Setting tobacco at Smith Farms