Dickson-Williams Mansion, Greeneville, TN

Last week I was driving through Greeneville and couldn’t help but stop and visit some of the famous Civil War Historic sites. The first on my list was the Dickson and Williams Mansion. This home, called the “Showplace of East Tennessee,” was headquarters for Union and Confederate armies. It was in this house that General… Read more »

World-Famous Rhododendron Festival THIS WEEKEND!

I just made it back down the mountain and had to share this! Today I visited the beautiful Rhododendron Gardens at Roan Mountain State Park. And for those who don’t know, this is the LARGEST natural stand of Catawba Rhododendron on the planet! As we drove up the winding roads that lead to this gorgeous… Read more »

Civil War returns to Blountville this weekend!

Well, not really THE Civil War…it’s actually The Sullivan County Civil War Days, an annual event commemorating the Battle of Blountville. And if you’ve never heard of the Battle of Blountville, here’s what you’ve missed: In 1863, Union General Ambrose Burnside undertook an expedition into East Tennessee to clear the roads and gaps to Virginia,… Read more »

Elihu Embree: Northeast Tennessee’s Voice of Abolition

Roughly half a century before Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a young fellow in Jonesborough proclaimed that “freedom is the inalienable right of all men,” and denounced slave-holders as “monsters in human flesh.” It was a noble cause for a man who’d seen first-hand the perils of slavery…not because he’d been a slave, but because he… Read more »

Morristown’s Main Street in the Sky

A few days ago I drove through Morristown on my way back home. I remembered hearing about downtown’s overhead sidewalks and thought I’d stop by to see them for myself. ‘Sidewalks in the air?’ you might ask. Absolutely! And they’re the only ones you’ll find in the world still standing. They have quite the story… Read more »

Border Bash in Bristol

Hanging out last night with lots of folks taking in some great music and fun times at Border Bash on State Street in Bristol. If you missed the fun don’t fret. You can join in the fun June 18, July 2, July 16, August 6, August 27 and September 3. Don’t miss out on the great music,… Read more »

What to do first??

So many things to do this weekend! The Covered Bridge celebration in Elizabethton, the Blue Plum festival in Johnson City, The Celtic Renaissance Fair in Rogersville…the 1st Annual Vietnam Veterans Homecoming at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray…and tonight…Music on the Square in Jonesborough…Bluegrass on Broad in Kingsport and the Border Bash in Bristol! Come join in the fun.  

Blue Plum Festival this weekend!

Around Johnson City, everyone loves the month of June. Warm weather, tons of outdoor activities, and most of all, The Blue Plum Festival. Anyone around here will tell you: Blue Plum is as good a community festival as you’ll find in these parts…and there’s a ton of history behind it too! For starters, “Blue Plum” was… Read more »