Crossville, Tennessee – Golf Capital of Tennessee

Picture above is the Crossville Depot it was built in 1900.

Crossville is in Cumberland County.  A community developed at the intersection of the Great Stage Road which connected Knoxville to Nashville, and the Kentucky Stock Road a cattle drovers’ path connecting Middle Tennessee with Kentucky.  Around 1800, a settler named Samuel Lambeth opened a store at this junction, and the small community that developed around it became known as Lambeth’s Crossroads.  By the time a post office was established in the 1830s, the community had taken the name of Crossville.

Crossville says they are the Golf Capital of Tennessee with 10 championship golf courses for golfers.  The town also has antique stores and the Crossville outlet mall.

Crossville Depot – 169 N. Main St.  Unique gifts, coffee, tea and candy samples.  One of the adorable otters is at the front entry

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Chestnut Hill Winery – 78 Chestnut Hill Rd. – The winery is one of the largest in Tennessee.  They have sweet and dry wines.  The gift shop has mostly Tennessee-made items. 

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CHESTNUT HILL WINERY

Stonehaus Winery – 2444 Genesis Rd. – They have dry and fruity sweet wines.  They have a free guided tour of the winemaking process.  The gift shop has gourmet foods, wine themed décor and fudge.

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STONEHAUS WINERY

Military Memorial Museum has photographs, uniforms and other artifacts from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq wars. They also have items from Camp Crossville, the German prisoner of war camp in operation during World War II.  No picture since I did not tour the museum.  20 S. Main St.

 

Homestead Tower Museum – 96 Hwy 68 – This landmark structure was built in 1937 to house the administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a project of FDR’s New Deal.   The octagonal stone tower houses a 50,000 gallon water tank and a winding stairway that leads to a lookout platform at the top.  The short film and museum is interesting,  check out the tower it has a good view from the top.

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HOMESTEAD TOWER MUSEUM
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CUMBERLAND HOMESTEADERS

Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the Cumberland Homesteads Project.  The park is 1,720-acres it was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.  The park has a manmade lake called Byrd Lake.  The campground has 140 campsites and cabins.  The golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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BRIDGE AND DAM