Tag: East Tennessee

Appalachian Artifacts & Lore

“I just plain hated the idea of that object being hauled to Terre Haute or Dayton and made into a table completely removed from the context of the region, and from the people who made it and used it.” Thus spoke John Rice Irwin,…

March of the “Clinton 12”

Fifty-two years ago, 12 young people from East Tennessee walked into history and changed the world. And yet their struggle was little-noted, nor long-remembered until another motivated band formed the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision…

Ridge and Valley

We’ll divert from our direct path for a brief stop here, mainly to add to the scenic beauty of our tour. We’ll see O.T. Smith Athletic Field and learn a bit about sports history in East Tennessee. We’ll learn more about the relocation of…

Secret City History

Leslie Groves had a pretty big job already. As a colonel in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers, he had overall responsibility for the construction of the Pentagon. As a highly-disciplined peacetime officer, his management skills were valued by the War Department. But they…

Tragedy in the Mountains

What is Coal Creek? Where is Coal Creek? What happened to make the name “Coal Creek” infamous? This relatively new museum will show you the history of the region’s coal mining history, including the exploitive convict lease system that resulted in a literal war,…