Mahala Mullins: “Catchable, But not Fetch-able”

Any fan of American bluegrass would be familiar with names like Jimmy Martin and Doyle Lawson. What you might not know is that they come from a little one stoplight town in Hancock County, Sneedville. Sneedville is home to the Vardy Community School, the only institution providing primary education to Melungeon children living in the… Read more »

Lewis Buckner: Overcoming the Most Daunting Barrier

Driving through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you’ll find more family activities than you can shake a stick at. But just a few turns off the Parkway, there’s another thing you’ll notice, and that’s the master craftsmanship of a fellow named Lewis Buckner. Buckner was a true craftsman and artisan. He hand-carved elaborate furniture, mantles… Read more »

Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard

I’ve been to fresh markets before, but this one (in Cosby) even has its own restaurant, overlooking an orchard. Just look at that view. Oh, and most orders come with “apple cider, apple fritters, apple butter, and apple-cider rolls.” How do you like them apples? And over in the market, you can get everything from… Read more »

Holloway’s Country Home – A Quilter’s Paradise!

Just stopped in Cosby at Holloway’s Country Home, and if you’re a quilter (or if you just enjoy quilts themselves), then this place has got to be on your list. The quilts they’ve made are amazing (and featured in all sorts of quilting magazines), and if you think you might be interested in doing your… Read more »

Davy Crockett: Debunking the Myths

By now, we all know he didn’t kill a bear at age 3. And we’re pretty sure he didn’t “wade the Mississippi,” “leap the Ohio,” “ride upon a streak of lightning,” or “slip without a scratch down a honey locust [tree].” But there’s no question, David (as he liked to be called) Crockett was one… Read more »

Rocky Mount: Northeast Tennessee’s Time Machine

Ever wanted to go back in time? To visit your predecessors, to witness critical points in human history, or simply see a way of life that’s long since abandoned? In Johnson City, you can. Welcome to Rocky Mount, a farmstead stuck in the year 1791. From the way people dress, to sheep-shearing, to blacksmithing, to… Read more »

Butler: The Town that Wouldn’t Drown

In Johnson County, there’s a town rich in history, pride, and natural beauty. It’s been called “quaint,” “unique,” and  “picturesque.” The only problem: you can’t go there. Nobody can. According to legend, the town of Butler was first visited by Daniel Boone as he carved his wilderness trail through the Cumberland Gap. In the following… Read more »