Edwin McKnight grew up in The Fair Country and has spent most of his life there. Good friends, a horse named Cactus and a great love of wood and field formed the back drop of an almost idyllic youth. Edwin began milking cows at the age of fourteen and spent his summers farming, horseback riding, swimming, fishing and reading. The milk check was ready every two weeks and so, every two weeks was “town day”. That didn’t mean the family didn’t go to “town” any other time, but it did mean one thing; money for books! No matter what else had to be done on “town day”, the trip ended up at the book store.
“I can remember opening the door of the book store and taking a deep breath and let the fragrance of the printed page embrace me. Between the morning and evening milking, when there wasn’t hay to get up or friends to hang out with, or if it was just too hot to move, I would read. “
“I’ve traveled to Pellucidar, Mars and the deepest jungles of Africa. Middle Earth was visited no less than five times. Cimmeria was a favorite destination and when I had devoured these great authors, I followed the Sacketts of Tennessee into the wild frontier of the American West.”
The Fair Country is a place were, at times, you can only hear the sound of The River flowing or the soft sounds of nature.
For the last 31 years, Edwin’s “town days” are spent running a Benefits, Insurance and Financial Services company in Murfreesboro, TN. And even after all this time, his favorite place is still on part of the original farm where he lives with his wife, Edna.