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Alleghany Spring Hotel
The scenery and healthfulness of these springs surpasses anything in the South. For pure air and pleasant nights has no equal. To those who are suffering with liver, kidney, bowel and nervous diseases...
Dozens of mineral and mining companies were chartered since about 1835 for development of Chilhowee Mountain lands, but none ever really got off the ground. Some were still in effect when the land was transferred to the Federal Government. Of all the May springs, Montvale, “The Saratoga of the South,” was the largest and most famous. The site is now used by the Knoxville YMCA as a boys summer camp
Back Door to Battle
For several weeks prior to Longstreet's advance in November of 1863, Blount County played host to Union cavalry under the command of Brigadier General William P. Sanders. Sanders' assignment was to guard the Little Tennessee River fords against roving bands of Confederate cavalry and to notify the Federal authorities of any Confederate advance through Blount County. Blount County Unionists and Home Guards served as guides and scouts for the Federal cavalry, collecting information and reporting on Confederate activity in the area.
Blount County Military
This site is dedicated to the Men and Women from Blount County Tennessee who enlisted or were drafted into the Service of their Country. All of which paid the pain of the sufferings of war. Witnessing death and carnage, not only of Americans and America's Allies but also of the soldiers of opposing forces who were also doing the will of their own countries. The battle field cannot be a merciful place to be standing regardless of which side of the fence one is on. This site is not intended to glorify war, it is published here in theBlountWeb to say thanks for standing in the breach for the generations which were and which are to come.
Cades Cove
Cades Cove nestles in a beautiful valley. Open fields lap against 5,500-foot mountain peaks. With more than 2.5 million visitors annually, it is the Park's most popular destination. Most people come to these 5,000 open acres to observe the wildlife. In addition to the wide variety of wildlife, several historic buildings date to the nineteenth century, including a working grist mill, barns, three churches, pioneer log cabins, and frame houses.
Clover Hill Milling Company
Clover Hill Mill provides a link to the past. It is a working business that has operated for over 150 years. The original mill was built by David McKamey in 1849 on a branch of Baker’s Creek in Blount County, Tennessee, near the city of Maryville. Powered by water, it produced products for the community. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1921, but rebuilt the same year and still operates out of the rebuilt structure.
Greenback Historical Society
The town of Greenback is relatively young compared to significant historical sites in the immediate area. The area along the Little Tennessee River was a major center for Native American cultures long before European settlers entered the region. Nearby Fort Loudoun, the first British fort west of the Appalachians was built in 1756
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Join us at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center to celebrate the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. Our gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove.
Little River Railroad & Lumber Company
In 1886, a group of investors headed by Col. W.B. Townsend from Pennsylvania, after a lumber resource investigation, formed these two companies. Early in 1901, Little River Lumber Company was chartered as lumber operations began in Blount and Sevier Counties in what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On November 21, 1901, the Little River Railroad was chartered. Nearly 100,000 acres of timberland were purchased along Little River and its tributaries, in Cades Cove, and along Pigeon River.
Millennium Manor
Millennium Manor was built from 1938 to December, 1946, by William Andrew Nicholson and his wife Fair. They had moved to Alcoa, Tennessee, from Pickens County, Georgia, where he was a mason and carpenter. In 1937 he got a job with the Alcoa plant as a replacement for striking workers. Mr. Nicholson started construction of Millennium Manor at the age of 61 while maintaining a full time job at the Alcoa plant across the street.
Kit Carson School
What follows was an entry in theBlountWeb Guestbook and a reply to Mary Evelyn for further information. Her reply to my request turned out to be a wonderful visit into the past and it is published here for all to enjoy. "
Kit Carson School was (the building was still there 10 years ago, or so, when I was back in the area, in use as a day care center) about a mile over a hill from Ballard Baptist Church. My cousin and I walked that road every school day, except one day there was about a foot of snow on the ground Daddy drove us. I attended the school in the 1933, 1934 and 1935 school years. It is a sturdy brick building"...
Sam Houston Historic School House
Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse is named for the great statesman and pioneer from East Tennessee. Sam Houston was adopted at age 16 by Cherokee Indians in Tennessee, who called him Co-lonneh, or "the Raven." In 1812, when he was 18, he took the job as teacher to pupils from age six to 60 during a term that begun after corn planting in the spring and lasting until harvest and cold weather in the fall. Tuition at that time was $8.
Samuel Frazier Home "Old Stone House"
The house has stood in 3 different states while never moving: first North Carolina, then Franklin, and for the last 204 years, Tennessee. Listed as the Samuel Frazier Home on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Frazier Home is known locally as the "old stone house". Built between 1750 and 1772 in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, it's origins are officially documented only with the first deed records when Tennessee became a state in 1796, and it was described as "old" at that time.
Thompson-Brown House
The house is substantial and well built, but the logs are pine rather than the preferred poplar. These logs, which are fifteen inches wide, are joined in a “V-notch” at the corners, and the spaces between the logs were filled with chinking and daubed with plaster containing animal hair. Later, probably in the early 1870's, boards were attached to the house to protect the logs from the weather because it was no longer fashionable for families to live in a log house.
William Blount
A delegate in both the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, he was described by a fellow delegate as "no speaker, nor does he possess any of those talents that make Men shine; - he is plain, honest, and sincere."
On July 11th 1795, Blount County was created from portions of Knox and Jefferson Counties with the city of Maryville as the county seat. This was almost 1 year before Tennessee was accepted into the Union on June 1st,  1796. The county was named after the governor of Tennessee, William Blount, who served from
August 7th, 1790 to 1796. Governor Blount later became a U. S. Senator from the State of Tennessee.