The Chattanooga Audubon Society announces the reprint of Robert Sparks Walker’s book, As the Indians Left It, originally printed 1955.
As the Indians Left It is the story of Audubon Acres. Once the Walker Family farm and later, following Robert Sparks Walker's wishes, it became a wildlife sanctuary. The first half of the book details life on the farm in the early 1900's, when Chattanooga was a full day's ride by wagon from what is now East Brainerd. The book's second half recounts the formation and early years of the Chattanooga Audubon Society through the struggle to purchase Walker's siblings shares of the family farm to conflicts with neighbors who had grown used to hunting on the property. Throughout, the book provides a perspective on Robert Sparks Walker, Audubon Acres, and the preservation of Chattanooga's first wildlife sanctuary.
Wonder Press, a local Chattanooga company, has done the reprint.
A launch of the reprint edition will be held Thursday, July 26, from 6-7 p.m. at Star Line Books, 1467 Market St., Suite 1-6.