From a Cherokee village name.

With Anna Grace now home for the Christmas holiday and the dozens of cookies baked, we found ourselves with a free morning. Unbelievable, I know. I had wanted to investigate the East Tennessee Historical Association, and found a willing partner in AG.

The standing exhibit on East Tennessee history is exceptionally well curated and deserved much more time than we devoted. No worries, though, for I purchased an annual pass and can now return as often as I’d like. And return I will.

The following is but an understandably abbreviated timeline on the history of our adopted “Home.”

East Tennessee was not of the same thinking as the rest of Tennessee.

East Tennessee voted for Secession.

And then Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Andrew Jackson was awakened and sworn in as President of the United States.

He had thoughts.

Let us fast forward.  East Tennessee continued to make history, both good and, well, not-so-good. And all of which I plan to explore in the coming months. Stay tuned.

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Naturally Civil Rights will be a “something big” to investigate. The Green McAdoo school in nearby Clinton was the first desegregated school in the South. Looking forward to learning more.

And obvs I’ll be making a visit, or several, to the Oak Ridge Science & Energy Museum.

All of this history right here in East Tennessee.