“The pocosin is inhabited almost exclusively by run away negroes, bears, wild cats, & wild cattle. Great numbers of cypress trees, tall straight and lofty, in many of the swamps and low grounds; besides multitudes of singular excrescences, named cypress knees, growing out of the most miry places. I was amazed at the large number of serpents. The prodigious multitude of green frogs, reptiles, and large insects … you cannot perceive the animals from whence the sounds in the trees proceed, they being most effectually hidden among the leaves and branches. So that at first this absolutely seems to be a country of enchantments.” – J.F.D. Smith, A Tour in the United States of America

The Pocosin