Travel a few miles into NortheastTennessee, cross the fields and streams where the men of the North and the South gave their lives and here you will find the historic little town of Blountville. East Tennessee was of strategic importance during the Civil War primarily because the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad. Early in the war,… Read more »
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It was the year 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists. The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war. Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the… Read more »
For Catherine Shook, it really all began when she was 12 years old. “Dad gave me my first pocket knife,” she said, “I thought, ‘this is cool, I want to figure out how to make this stuff.’” Youthful curiosity grew and expanded until now, at the age of 21, she is a full-fledged blacksmith, a traditional… Read more »
If leaf looking is your thing, than this map is for you. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Northeast Tennessee attracts guests from all over the country in anticipation of peak fall foliage. The peak time for fall foliage in Northeast Tennessee is estimated to be the weekend of September 29 through October 1. Calculations are provided… Read more »
Our music roots run deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Home to the Birthplace of Country Music, this is where it all began back in the 1927. Our rich musical heritage lives on today and continues to influence music around the world. So, whether you are looking for country, bluegrass, blues, Americana, jazz, folk,… Read more »
Its not often that you hear of a grape stomp taking place in Northeast Tennessee, but Watauga Lake Winery has turned the age old tradition of winemaking in to an event attracting folks from all over the country. Wayne and Linda Gay opened Watauga Lake Winery in 2012 in the historic Big Dry Run Schoolhouse… Read more »
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains of Northeast Tennessee lies the small town known as Erwin, Tennessee. Its county name, Unicoi, shared with its nearby neighbor, the Town of Unicoi, is derived from an old Native American word meaning “hazy” or “fog draped.” The adventure and fun that awaits in this small mountain community… Read more »
Just about a far northeast in Tennessee as you can get, you’ll find a county that is half Cherokee National Forest and half Watauga Lake. Nestled within those hills, lies Mountain City (appropriately named), and each year a celebration takes place honoring the iconic old time mountain music style that eventually developed into country music. The Long… Read more »
Rogersville has been on the map for longer than the United States has been a country, so they know a little something about history. When you pair Rogersville’s heritage with slow cooked barbecue and a Main Street decked out in classic hot rods, you end up with a pretty sweet combination. Having a family of… Read more »
We’ve teamed up with Believe in Bristol and Southwest Virginia for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion to offer a 2018 Prize Pack. Download the Festival App to enter and access the full 2017 schedule as up to 120 bands and more than 20 stages take on the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol. The 2017… Read more »
Where will you be when the 2017 solar eclipse takes place? If your answer is Northeast Tennessee, you’re in luck because there are several events throughout the region leading up to and during the August 21 event dedicated to the skies. Even though Northeast Tennessee will not host a total eclipse, depending on where you… Read more »
A trip to the foot of the Appalachian Mountains is where you’ll howl with wolves, relax on nationally renowned waters, or hike through mountain tops showcasing fluorescent colors of each distinct season. It’s time to step outside and take in the outdoors, the Northeast Tennessee way. Here are a few trip ideas to get you started:… Read more »