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Hand-Painted Rocks Help Williamsburg Man Make Friends


Rick Boston

John Clinton Townsend shows off some of his hand-painted rocks, which he sells for $5. John Clinton is willing to customize rocks with any color the customer wants.

John Clinton Townsend likes to make friends. If you live in Williamsburg, or passed through on a visit, chances are you have seen him walking through town selling his hand-painted rocks.

For those familiar with John Clinton, they know him as a friendly, harmless man who likes to talk to everyone he sees. For those meeting him for the first time, he can come on a bit strong.

Pastor John Townsend, John Clinton's father, said his son may be biologically 49 years old, but intellectually he is a child, and given what he has been through, reaching his current age has been somewhat of a miracle.


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