Solomon Jones Grave

There is a grave in the development Paths of Solomon Jones on Mount Hebron.
The marker reads: “Here lies Solomon Jones, the Road Maker, a true Patriot. He labored 50 years to leave the world better than he found it.”
Solomon, the son of Thomas Jones and Lucinda Hicks Jones, was born in 1802 and grew up along the headwaters of Mud Creek. He married Mary Hamilton.
Using no instruments, he built roads throughout the area: Jones Gap Turnpike by way of Cedar Mountain and Caesar’s Head to Greenville, S.C.; Cashier’s Valley Road in Transylvania County; and the Flat Rock and Green River Turnpike.
Jones Gap State Park in Greenville County, S.C., is named for Solomon Jones.
He also built Jones Pleasure Drive from Hendersonville to Mount Hebron.
He bought the mountain peak in the Big Willow community and re-named it Hebron.
“It was almost identical in height above sea level to the biblical Mount Hebron, 3,000 feet,” a descendant wrote in the Henderson County Heritage Book.
For many years he and his wife lived on Salem Plantation in Greenville County, S.C. When his wife, Mary, died, he returned to the Mount Hebron area and married Assena Tentaline Jimison.
He had nine daughters who married into families with the surnames Anders, Anderson, Burns, Cox, Hart, McCrary, Tankersley, Potts and Mullinax. He had two sons, William M. Jones and Hicks Jones; and one daughter who did not marry, Sarah Jones.
Jones built the old observation tower atop Mount Hebron and a carriage road to get to the tower.
He died at the age of 97 in 1899 and was buried beside this carriage road below his tower, where the monument today marks his resting place.
The old home place, with a famous spring, can be found below his grave.