Cruising down (or up) interstate 81 near the Virginia line? Get off the interstate and explore beautiful Hawkins, County. The rolling hills, byways, historic sites and Rogersville’s downtown won’t disappoint. Three Civil War Trails sites nearby recount several incredible stories which likely won’t be on your radar. The Battle of Big Creek on November 6, 1863 was one of most vicious short actions of the war you’ve never heard about. The Clay-Kenner House and the Courthouse are two other sites that uncover the complexities of life in a smaller rural town. Before riding into Rogersville head out towards the Historic Amis Mill for lunch. As you sit on the porch watching the water spill over the dam you’ll notice down the hill the glint of a [...]
OUR HISTORY HOW IT ALL BEGAN The Town of Rogersville, the second oldest town in the state of Tennessee, continues to be a thriving community and marketplace as it has been for more than 200 years. At the heart of it is the Rogersville Historic District , containing many historically important buildings such as the Hale Springs Inn, the Hawkins County Courthouse, Overton Lodge No. 5, F. & A.M., and Rogersville Synodical College campus. Rogersville's unique history, century old buildings, and museums contribute to a charming and sophisticated small town atmosphere. Main Street in Rogersville is the perfect afternoon shopping experience - antiques, gift items, local and regional works of art, and great food amid the ambiance of a [...]
A Love Story: Rogersville, Tennessee ABOUT ROGERSVILLE, TENNESSEE It all started with a love story. Only two years after the new United States had finally won its independence from Great Britain, a young Scots-Irishman named Joseph was travelling through the far western wilds of North Carolina. Weeks into his journey into the frontier, Joseph came across the home of a hero of the Revolutionary War, Colonel Thomas Amis. Amis, of French extraction, owned lands granted him for his service in the Revolution. His beautiful daughter Mary helped him in their family’s tavern and inn. Legend says Joseph fell in love with Mary a mile or so up the road from her father’s home at the Ebbing and Flowing Spring, after [...]
Tennessee's Best Kept Secret In the heart of Tennessee sits a beautiful secret kept out of the hussle and bussle of the big cities. Rogersville, settled in 1775 and often seen to be “Tennessee’s best kept Secret” and has some of the most interesting historic sites. Some of these sites include: Tennessee’s first post office as well as the first newspaper printed in Tennessee “The Knoxville Gazette”, and the home of Davy Crockett’s family and the burial site of his grandparents. With year round events for the whole family Rogersville offers its visitors such attractions as “Cruise-In On The Square” where people from all over bring their different types of cars and flashy rides. Not only is it fun for [...]
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