Lenoir, Tennessee – Lake Capital of the South and Greenback, Tennessee

Lenoir City is nationally known as the “Lake Capital of the South” from the fact the City is surrounded by 3 lakes which have recreational outlets.

The Cherokee called the Lenoir City area Wa’ginsi, and believed it to be the home of a large serpent that brought bad luck to anyone who saw it.  By the early 19th century, Judge David Campbell, had laid claim to part of what is now Lenoir City, where he had built a log cabin and a gristmill.  Also in the early 19th century a 5,000 acre of land was deeded to General William Lenoir as payment for his services in the Revolutionary War. Campbell filed a case against Lenoir in court, arguing he had already laid claim to parts of the Lenoir tract. The case was settled in favor of Lenoir in 1809.

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The Lenoir City Museum documents Lenoir City’s past from its earliest settlement by Major William B. Lenoir in the early 1800’s, to the arrival of the railroad at Lenoir’s Station (as it was known until the 1900’s), through the Civil War, and into Lenoir City’s emergence as a city in 1907.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. (picture below)

Loudon County Visitors Bureau – 1075 Highway 321 North (picture below)

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The distance between Loudon and Lenoir City is 8 miles.  Both towns have several antique stores in the towns and on Lee Hwy/Tn 11. Check out the Loudon post.

Allen’s Antiques & Used Furniture – 103 E. Broadway, Antiques West 113 E Broadway, Bettie’s Antiques & More 100 E. Broadway, Buttermilk Road Antiques & Auction 144 Antique Lane, Goodwin’s Antiques 9900 White Wing Rd., Southern Moose Antiques Marketplace 119 E. Broadway, Victoria’s Antique & Craft Mall – 1200 W. Broadway

Fort Loudoun Dam

The dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Tennessee River in Loudon County. Fort Loudoun Dam is named for Fort Loudoun, a British colonial fort built during the French and Indian War. The fort was named for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, commander of British forces during this period.  Fort Loudoun Dam is 122 feet high and stretches 4,190 feet across the Tennessee River. The dam is equipped with a 60-by-360-foot lock that raises and lowers boats about 70 feet between Fort Loudoun Lake and Watts Bar Lake.

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Greenback, Tennessee

Greenback is in Loudon County, the town is 14 miles from Lenoir City.

In 1876, Lorenzo Thompson established Thompson’s Stand, a general store located a few miles east of modern Greenback. In 1882, Thompson applied  for federal post office. He wanted to use the name “Thompson’s Station,” but the name was already in use.  After several other names were rejected, Thompson settled on “Greenback,” a name inspired by a local Greenback Party. In the 1880s the Southern railroad began building a rail line connecting Knoxville to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Developers bought up the land surrounding the railroad’s intersection and had plans to develop a town, initially known as “Allegheny” after the resort hotel to the south. Lots were sold, and a depot was constructed in 1891. Thompson moved his post office, still known as “Greenback,” to the Swanay Brothers Store in the new town. The name “Greenback” gradually came to be favored over “Allegheny,” and the railroad changed the name of the station to “Greenback” in 1897. Greenback was incorporated in 1957.

Greenback Museum – The museum houses a collection of artifacts and memorabilia donated or loaned by local families, businesses and institutions. These include documents, books, pictures, farm tools, household items, telephones, antique radios and business equipment from the 1800s and early 1900s

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Greenback Depot – Built in 1914 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, the depot served passengers and freight traveling in and out of the Greenback area until 1954. The depot was renovated in 2010.

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Bryson City, NC – The River Runs Through It

The town was originally called Charleston.  In 1889, the people changed the name to “Bryson City” to honor Colonel Thaddeus Bryson for the many services he rendered the city and to eliminate confusion brought about by sharing a name with Charleston, South Carolina.  In 1884, the Western North Carolina Railroad laid tracks through Bryson City greatly easing transportation to the previously-remote area. The Bryson City Bank opened in 1904 and the current Swain County Courthouse was completed in 1908.

Bryson City is a charming town.  People come to ride the train and stay for the stores, restaurants and museums.  There are two streets in town Everett and Main St.  The Tuckasegee River flows through town and there are several places that offer white water rafting, kayaking, tubing and fly fishing.  The shopkeepers are very friendly they greet you when you enter and exit their stores. I really like Bryson City.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is why most people visit the city. The scenic rail excursion leaves from the historic depot and travels through the beautiful countryside.  Check out the website:  www.gsmr.com

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Museum and Gift Shop has a collection of 7,000 Lionel™ engines, accessories and cars in operation.

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Swain County Heritage Museum and Visitors Center – the visitors center is on the first floor and the museum is on the second floor.  The life of early settlers, how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam was created is explained through exhibits, photos and video.

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The Charles Heath Gallery is also a working studio.  A North Caroline native, Charles uses a variety of mediums including acrylic, pastel, photography, pen and ink.  175 Everett St.

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Bryson City Outdoors  hiking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, gear and supplies.  corner of Everett and Main

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McClanahan’s has an inventory that includes home décor women’s and men’s apparel, boots, shoes, handbags and more.  115 Everett St.

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Calby’s Antiques and Gifts is located in the Historic 1905 Bennett’s Drug Store.  Calby’s has antiques, collectibles, decorative items, jewelry and small furniture.  44 Everett St.

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The Wild Fern is a gallery and working studio of regional artists. 19 Everett St.

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The Cottage Craftsman features regional handcrafted items and artisans.  Wood turned pieces, pottery, baskets, art and jewelry.  They have wine and cheese tastings in season.  44 Fry Street

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Madison’s on Main has ladies apparel and accessories, bath products, gourmet gifts, home accents and specialty chocolates.  110 Main St

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The old Clampitt’s Hardware store was established in 1935 and has not changed much since.  From buggy whips to washboards, churns to cow bells.

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Loudon, Tn – Part of the Antique Trail

The picture above is the Loudon County Courthouse

The distance between Loudon and Lenoir City is 8 miles.  Both towns have several antique stores in the towns and on Hwy 11/Lee Hwy between the towns.   Check the Lenoir City post for more antique stores.

The town of Loudon began as a ferry and later steamboat stop known as Blair’s Ferry, established by James Blair and his brother-in-law, John Hudson Carmichael, in the 1810s. The town changed its name to “Loudon” during the early 1850s, when it expanded following the arrival of the railroad.

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The Lyric is a small theater dating from circa 1922.  The theater is still in operation – 320 Grove St.

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Annabell’s Emporium Antiques, Gift Shop and Café – 304 Wharf St. – the food in the café is good (picture below)

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The General Store Antiques – 411 Mulberry St.

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Besides Annabelle’s and the General Store Antiques there is also: Sisters Antiques 810 Mulberry St. &  Village Exchange 302 Mialaquo Place

Red Door Galleries – pottery and art – 322 Grove St.

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Southern Railroad Depot – now the home of the Chamber of Commerce

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Historical side of the Carmichael Inn

The Carmichael Inn was built in circa 1821 and is a two-story rectangular log building which served as a residence as well as a stagecoach and railroad inn. Since early inns offered little privacy to the traveler, guests would have eaten with the Carmichael family, and slept upstairs in one large room wherever there was a vacant spot in any bed. Travelers often shared a bed with a complete stranger. When you enter the period room, you will note the massive fireplace which was used both for heating and cooking.  417 Hwy 321 North

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Tennessee Valley Winery – they have won 800 medals for their wine and it is the oldest family owned winery in Tennessee – 15606 Hotchkiss Rd.

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Question: According to legend, which famous character from a book set at the time of the Civil War is based on real-life Loudon County resident R.T. Wilson? Answer: Rhett Butler from Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind

 

 

Sweetwater, Tn – The Lost Sea is America’s Largest Underground Lake

Knoxville to Sweetwater is 47 miles South – Off Interstate take exit 388A

Sweetwater is in Monroe County.  A legend states that the town’s name originated from settler’s descriptions of area springs.  Sweetwater was established in the 1850s on a series of lots sold by Isaac Lenoir (1807–1875), a local politician and son of the founder of Lenoir City (located a few miles to the northeast). Sweetwater was officially incorporated in 1875.

The town has several blocks of historical buildings.  Lee Hwy/ Hwy 11 runs through town.  Most of the historic buildings face the railroad and the gazebo.  There are several stores that sell antiques, collectibles and home décor.

Below – Cooney’s Corner Antiques,  Cones Cupboard Antiques, Mike Todd Antiques

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Below  – Lily Pad Boutique

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Hunter’s Cafe on the corner, Only the Best, The Robin’s Nest

The passenger train was one of Sweetwater’s favorite attractions in the early 1900’s. There is a standard joke of the train conductor who, when asked by a passenger how many people lived in Sweetwater, replied, “Just raise your window and count them! They all gather at the station to see if any strangers come to town or if anyone leaves town when the train arrives!”

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Passenger Train Car, Veterans Memorial in Front

Sweetwater Heritage Museum

The museum gallery contains artifacts, pictures, and information pertaining to the history of Sweetwater County, from the prehistoric era through recent history. From a dinosaur footprint to a full size coal car

Lost Sea

Features of national significance include the world’s largest underground lake and the rare anthodite formation (cave flowers). The cave also contains numerous other forms of stalactites and stalagmites. The bones and footprints of a giant Pleistocene jaguar have been found; the animal measured approximately 8 feet long and weighed 500 pounds – 140 Lost Sea Road

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General Store at Lost Sea Adventure
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Lost Sea Historical Marker at entry

Biggs Home – oldest home in Sweetwater circa 1820 (picture below) – Main Street & Biggs Street

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(picture below) TMI Academy historic marker reads: (on Hwy 11 north  of town) Founded in 1874 on College Street as Sweetwater Militay College by Dr. J. Lynn Bachman, the name was changed to Tennessee Military Institute in 1902 and T M I ACADEMY in 1975. It was relocated to this site in 1909 as a preparatory school. Presidents Dr. Bachman, 1874-1902; Col. O. C. Hulvey, 1902-1918; Col. C. R. Endsley, 1918-1956; Col. C. R. Endsley, Jr., 1956 – 1972; and C. W. Price, vice-president, 1920-1966, provided continuity of purpose. Its many graduates are prominent world wide in military, medicine, science, commerce, and government

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Vonore, Tn – Lake and River Scenic Overlooks

Vonore is a town in Monroe and Blount counties.  In 1890, the Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railroad laid tracks and built a stopover known as Upton Station. Three years later, Doctor Walter Kennedy applied for a post office for Upton Station. When the postal service informed him that Upton Station had been taken, Kennedy chose the name “Vonore”, a combination of the German word von (meaning “of”) and the English word “ore”, as Kennedy believed the town would become a mining town.  The town was incorporated June 21, 1965.

The oldest part of Vonore is on Church Street, the new Vonore is along Hwy 411/33.  The town is really pretty when you get off of Hwy 411 and on side roads toward Lake Tellico and the Tennessee River.  Hwy 360 is very scenic with a view of the lake to Fort Loudoun and Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

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Bank built 1890 – Church St

 

Vonore Heritage Museum

Artifacts used by the people of Vonore from the late 1800s through the 1950s are on display. Artifacts include Civil War pieces; WWI and WWII uniforms; trophies; plaques; and pictures from the now-closed Vonore High School.  619 Church St.

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Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park is 1,200-acres and is one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. The fort was reconstructed during the Great Depression.

In the course of the fort’s four-year existence, relations between South Carolina and the Cherokee Nation broke down. In August 1760, the Cherokee captured Fort Loudoun and its garrison. After the surrender in 1760, Fort Loudoun was never used again for any military purpose. It is thought the Cherokees destroyed the fort sometime shortly after the English marched away.

The fort is a short walking distance behind the visitor center/museum.  The museum is small but explains the history of the fort.  The fort is a self-guided and the buildings have beds, tables, etc. in them.

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Visitor Center and Museum

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Historic marker reads: (picture below) One-mile east is a replica of this fort, built 1756 – 57 by South Carolina provincial troops to check the French and strengthen the English influence in the Mississippi Valley. It was besieged by the Cherokee and surrendered August 7, 1760.  – 338 Ft Loudon Rd.  Off TN Hwy 360

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Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

Sequoyah was born circa 1776 at the village of Tuskeegee, which was very near where the Museum is today. His father was Nathaniel Gist, a Virginia fur trader. His mother was Wut-teh, daughter of a Cherokee Chief.  In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.  – 576 Hwy 360

The museum and land is owned by the Eastern Cherokee Indians.  The museum is thorough in explaining the history of the Cherokee people.

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Tellico Blockhouse – 1794-1807

An early American outpost located along the Little Tennessee River. Completed in 1794, the blockhouse operated until 1807 with the purpose of keeping the peace between nearby Overhill Cherokee towns and early Euro-American settlers in the area.  Blockhouse Road 0ff Hwy 411

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Varnell, Ga. and Prater’s Mill

Varnell is in Whitfield County.  Chattanooga to Varnell 29 miles south.  The town was incorporated in 1968.

The historic Varnell Home is beside the City Hall.  The town has a couple of small town stores including a Dollar General.  Across from the Varnell home is a small park with a spring.   The railroad runs through the town.

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Historic Varnell Home

This historic home was build in 1847 by “Dry Dan Dold” for M. P. Varnell, a pioneer settler of this community. In the War Between the States, this home was used as a temporary hospital by Federals and Confederates. Several skirmishes and engagements were fought around this place in May, 1864. Gen. Joe Wheeler and his Confederate Cavalry attacked here on May 12, 1864, and drove Federals from this town, killing and wounding more than 150. Federals immediately returned, and this home was used as Headquarters by several Federal commanders. Many “minnie balls” struck this house in the battles fought here.

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VARNELL HOME

Historic Varnell Springs (picture below)

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Prater’s Mill  – established 1855

Built by Benjamin Franklin Prater in 1855, the water powered mill was originally fitted with the latest in grain cleaning, grinding and sifting machinery, all powered by the Coahulla Creek.  Prater added a cotton gin, a saw mill, a wool carder (device that combs sheep wool), a syrup mill, a general store and blacksmiths shop.    The mill was used by both sides as a campsite during the Civil War.   The Prater family operated the Mill until the 1950’s.  Several millers ran it until the 1960’s. In 1971, the Prater’s Mill Foundation took over the Mill.

On May 1995, a fire was intentionally set on the north side of the mill.  Most of the damage was sustained on the interior of the mill as the flames shot around the hand-hewn timbers. The force of the fire blew out most of the windows, damaged the roof, siding, electrical system, and destroyed an antique display case.  5845 Ga. Hwy 2.

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BARN AT PRATER’S MILL

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Chatsworth, Ga – Once the Heart of the Cherokee Nation

Chatsworth is in Murray County.   The town is the county seat of Murray County.  According to a popular legend, the town received its name after a road sign with the word “Chatsworth” fell off a passing freight train nearby. Someone put the sign on a post, and the name stuck.  The town was incorporated in 1906.

The town has several blocks of buildings most are empty.  The railroad tracks have been removed behind the depot, it is now the home of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. The courthouse sits in the center of town it was built in 1916.

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CHATSWORTH DEPOT CIRCA 1905

Chief Vann House State Historic Site – 82 Highway 225 N – Located 3 miles west of Chatsworth at the intersection of Highways 225 and 52-A

Historical marker in front of the house reads:  Built of locally made brick in 1804, this house, the finest in the Cherokee Nation, was the home a Town Chief, James Vann, son of a Scotch trader, Clement Vann, and his wife, a Cherokee chieftain’s daughter. Around his home were several of his business ventures and many acres of land tilled by his slaves. Sponsor of Spring Place Mission, shrewd, amiable but violent, James Vann shot his brother-in-law in 1808 and, in accordance with tribal law, was killed by relatives in 1809. His son, Joseph (Rich Joe) Vann (1798-1844), inherited this estate. Increasing the wealth and influence of the Vanns. When expelled in early 1834, Joseph Vann fled to Tennessee and settled, finally at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. Racing his steamboat The Lucy Walker on the Ohio river, he died when the overheated boiler exploded near Louisville, Kentucky, in October, 1844. A tempting prize to white men, the Vann House was the scene of a bloody battle between rival claimants in 1834. Deteriorating since, it was purchased in 1952 by a group of public-spirited citizens of Atlanta, Chatsworth and Dalton, and deeded to the Georgia Historical Commission. Restored to its original grandeur, it is a monument to the culture of the Cherokees.

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STORE AND ENTRY INTO HISTORIC SITE

Springplace Mission – Spring Place School, which traces its origins to the Moravian mission, is the oldest educational facility in northwest Georgia. The school, sponsored by Chief James Vann, was established by the Moravians in 1801 when the Cherokee Nation still held North Georgia — long before Murray County existed. Thousands of people have benefited from instruction received at the succeeding schools in this historic town, once the county seat of Murray County.  There are several plaques at the historic site.

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The historic marker reads:  Southward from this spot stood this famous mission, founded in 1801 by Moravian Brethren from Salem, N.C.  The first school among the Cherokees, this mission continued until 1833, and added much to their remarkable advancement. Here were taught many leaders of the Cherokee Nation. One was Elias Boudinot, later editor of the “the Cherokee Phoenix.” The work begun here was not abandoned with the forced removal of the Cherokees, but was transferred to New Springplace, in Oklahoma.

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Fort Mountain State Park – between Chatsworth and Ellijay on Hwy 52.  Hikers can explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies.   There is also a 17-acre swimming beach, campsites and cottages.  The park is 3,712 acres.

 

Ball Ground, Ga – Daffodil Time at Gibbs Gardens

Ball Ground is in Cherokee County.  Some records indicate Ball Ground was originally named Battle Ground on early maps. The town is located near fields that the Cherokee people used to play stick ball, a rough game similar to lacrosse.  The community was incorporated on January 1, 1882, the same year that the railroad came through. After the railroad’s arrival, the town grew as a result of the marble industry. In 2015 Ball Ground achieved official status as a “Georgia Main Street Community.  The town joined 13 other Cities in the 10 County Metro Atlanta Region.

The town is being revitalized with new brick sidewalks and new businesses.  The town is small with two blocks of buildings on both sides of the street. A few of the buildings have plaques with the history of the building.

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Burger Bus – Eat in a restored Atlanta Transit Authority trolley car #1386.  Hamburgers are made with locally sourced angus beef. The burgers are good.

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Inside of Bus

A historical marker is at the corner of Valley Street & Hwy 372/Gilmer Ferry Rd. the historical marker reads:

BATTLE OF TALIWA – Two and one-half miles to the east, near the confluence of Long-Swamp Creek and the Etowah River, is the traditional site of Taliwa, scene of the fiercest and most decisive battle in the long war of the 1740’s and 50’s between the Cherokee and Creek Indians.There, about 1755, the great Cherokee war-chief, Oconostota, led 500 of his warriors to victory over a larger band of Creeks. So complete was the defeat that the Creeks retreated south of the Chattahoochee River, leaving to their opponents the region later to become the heart of the ill-fated Cherokee Nation.

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Gibbs Gardens – In 1980, after an extensive six-year property search, 292 acres were purchased to construct a world-class garden.  The garden has various sections that feature different plants.  They have a daffodil garden with over 20 million daffodils of more than 100 different varieties.  I was there in March and the garden and daffodils were beautiful.  The garden also has a sculpture garden that Sally and Jim Gibbs have sculptures to represent each of their 11 grandchildren personalities.  1987 Gibbs Drive.

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Entry into Gardens

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Gibbs Manor House

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Wild Cat on a Wing – They have unusual gifts for the home and garden.  They have pottery, flags, metal sculptures, birdhouses, etc.  They also have wine tastings.  They are not downtown.  10061 Ball Ground Hwy

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Tunnel Hill, Ga – A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Tunnel Hill is in Whitfield County. From Interstate 75 take exit 341. Atlanta to Tunnel Hill 97 miles.  Chattanooga to Tunnel Hill 26 miles.

The community was first known as Doe Run. It was incorporated on March 4, 1848 as Tunnelsville, and changed its name in 1856 to Tunnel Hill. Both names refer to a nearby 1,497 feet long railroad tunnel through Chetoogeta Mountain. The tunnel is on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you are interested in history the tunnel is worth seeing.    There are 3 historical markers in front of the store/museum.  The tour guides do the tours in limousine golf carts, during the tour the guide will tell you the history of the area.  While you wait for the next golf cart,  visit the museum.

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The Tunnel Hill historic marker reads:  May 7, 1864. The Federal forces, under Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, began the campaign for Atlanta by seizing Tunnel Hill. Howard’s 4th A.C., having marched from Catoosa Springs, drover Wheeler’s Cav. from the R.R. tunnel S. to Mill Creek Gap. Palmer’s 14th A.C., moving from Ringgold (U.S. Highway 41), supported Howard on his right and extended the Federal front to Mill Cr. Gap, where its rt. joined left of 20th A.C. in dogwood Valley. These operations were designed to engage the Confederate forces at Dalton, while McPherson’s army moved from the W. to Snake Creek Gap, 18 miles S. of Tunnel Hill.

Besides the Tunnel, the tour includes a replicated store and the Clisby House.

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Store at Tunnel Hill

The historical marker reads: CLISBY AUSTIN HOUSE

400 yds. S.E., at the big spring, is the brick residence known as the Austin house. May 7, 1864. The Federal forces, having seized Tunnel hill – their first movement in the campaign for Atlanta – Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman had headquarters at the Austin house, until May 12. While here, Sherman learned that McPherson’s forces had failed to cut the R.R. at Resaca, after seizing Snake Creek Gap – May 9, whereupon the attempts at Rocky Face, Crow Valley & Mill Creek Gap, were dropped & all Federal units but the 4th A.C., Stoneman’s & McCook’s cav., were shifted May 12, to the Resaca front via Villanow and Snake Creek Gap

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Clisby Austin House
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Barn at Clisby Austin House

Among the events at Tunnel Hill’s depot was a speech by Jefferson Davis and a very brief visit by Andrews’ Raiders in the locomotive “General” as it was being chased by the Texas. Built by the state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad in 1848, the depot is one of Georgia’s oldest.

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Tunnel Hill Depot

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Grumpy’s Antiques, Collectibles and Classic Cars – 724 N. Varnell Road – this is a big store – lots of stuff.  A fun store to visit.  Grumpy’s is beside the Interstate

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Cartersville, Ga – So Much To Do and See

Atlanta to Cartersville 44 miles Northwest – From Interstate 75 take exit 288

Cartersville is in Bartow County and was first known as Birmingham to its original English settlers. Cartersville was named for Colonel Farish Carter, a wealthy landowner.  The town was incorporated as Cartersville in 1854.  Cartersville was designated the county seat following the destruction of Cassville during the Civil War by Sherman.  Union soldiers destroyed the city during the war, the city rebuilt and was incorporated again in 1872.

The city has several blocks of buildings on both sides of the railroad tracks.  There are several nice stores and several restaurants downtown.  There is a lot to do in Cartersville, pick up some brochures about the town at the Welcome Center in the Train Depot.    I like Cartersville and I plan to return, they have hiking trails and a wake board park I want to check out.

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Booth Western Art Museum – If you love art and history, check out the Western Art Museum.  The building is very modern and the paintings and sculptures are really wonderful. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. 501 Museum Dr.

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Bartow History Museum (picture below) – the museum is small but the exhibits are interesting and informative. The Museum is next to the Booth Western Art Museum.  4 E. Church St.

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Tellus Science Museum (picture below) – this takes a while to go through.  There is a fossil gallery, with dinosaurs, reptiles and giant mammals.  In the Weinman Mineral Gallery see minerals and beautiful gems.  Science in Motion explores 100 years of changes in transportation, there is also replicas of the Apollo I capsule, Mercury capsule and a replica of Sputnik.  So much more to see, but we ran out of time. – 100 Tellus Dr.

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Home of Sam P Jones (Museum) – The plaque in front of the house reads:  Sam P Jones was born October 16, 1847, in Oak Bowery, Alabama; he moved to Cartersville with his parents in 1856. After his admission to the Georgia Bar in 1868 he married Laura McElwain. In 1872 he was licensed as a Methodist minister. His national career of evangelism begun in 1884, covered the U.S. and Canada. Dedicated on Christmas day 1885 this house was occupied for twenty-one years by Sam Jones. His public speaking was famous for its pathos and humor while his gospel was loved for its appeal. He died on October, 15, 1906. – 224 W. Cherokee Ave. On National Register of Historic Places.

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Train Depot – Although the roadbed to Cartersville had been graded before 1840, the railroad remained uncompleted for another 6 years. The town of Cartersville almost did not get a station, with Etowah Station and the city of Cassville so close. During the Civil War Union soldiers burned the city and tried to destroy the depot, a significant portion of the original building remained standing. Both Cassville and Etowah (the town near Etowah Station) were destroyed as well. In 1868 the state legislature moved the county seat from Cassville to Cartersville, and the depot began to play an important role in everyday life of the city and the surrounding area.

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Young Brothers Pharmacy – The sign on the east wall of the pharmacy has been authenticated by the Coca-Cola Company as the first outdoor painted-wall advertisement for Coca-Cola, it dates to 1894.  Inside the pharmacy visitors can see photographs of the restoration (the sign was buried under 25 layers of paint). 2 W. Main St.

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Etowah Indian Mound – Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D. the 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. There is also a museum with artifacts –813 Indians Mounds Rd. SW

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Coopers Day Furnace – the road to the Park runs beside the river when you enter the park the remnants of the old furnace is next to the entry.  1052 Old River Rd. SE

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The historic marker reads:  The remnants of an old iron furnace built by Moses Stroup are all that remain of Cooper´s Iron Works, developed by Mark Anthony Cooper, pioneer industrialist, politician, and farmer. Cooper was born in 1800 near Powelton, Ga. Graduating from S.C. College (now the University of S.C.) in 1819, he was admitted to the bar in 1821 and opened a law office in Eatonton. A member of the Ga. Legislature in 1855, he later served in the 26th Congress, filled a vacancy in the 27th, and was reelected to the 28th. Resigning to run for Governor in 1843, Cooper was defeated by George W. Crawford and retired from politics.Cooper bought an interest in the furnace then owned by Stroup, and in 1847 he and Leroy M. Wiley bought Stroup out. Cooper´s plants, including a nail factory, rolling-mill, and flour mill, were destroyed by Sherman´s army. Cooper and Strop were incorporators of the Etowah Railroad, completed to the rolling-mill in 1858. A yard engine of this road, the “Yonah”, was involved in the famous chase of the “General” in April, 1862. Cooper, the first president of the Ga. Agricultural Society, a trustee of Mercer University, the University of Ga., and the Cherokee Baptist College, died in 1885 at his home, “Glen Holly”.

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Red Top Mountain State Park – Located on Allatoona Lake, this popular Georgia State Park offers 18 cottages, group picnic shelters, 90 tent and RV sites plus hiking trails, swimming areas, boat ramps and docks, putt-putt golf, fishing areas, and tennis courts. 50 Lodge Road

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