Cleveland Historic Places
Hair Conrad Cabin at Blythewood Farms
433 Bythewood Road SW
In the early 1800s, the area was inhabited primarily by Cherokees, among them Tekahskeh, or Hair Conrad as he came to be known. Conrad, a man of means and leader of the first detachment of Cherokees from Rattlesnake Springs on the infamous Trail of Tears, built his cabin in the architectural style of white settlers during the early 1800s. The cabin, the oldest residential structure in Bradley County, is preserved on the 350-acre Blythewood Farm off Harrison Pike owned by Bess Neil. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Blythewood is a working farm, breeding championship show horses. It is best to call for a tour of the farm and cabin so someone can be there to greet you.
P.M. Craigmiles House; Cleveland Public Library833 Ocoee Street NWCleveland, TN
Built by Pleasant M. Craigmiles in 1866, this house is an excellent example of Italian Villa style architecture. Pleasant Craigmiles was noteworthy in Cleveland for his economic and cultural contributions to Bradley County. The house was presented to the City of Cleveland in memory of Mrs. Sarah Tucker Johnston and today, the old Craigmiles family residence serves as the Cleveland Public library. With it's tall ceilings, carved wood arches, handcarved staircase, fine Italian marble mantles and window sills, who wouldn't want to curl up here in a good book!
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NATIVE AMERICAN TRAIL
This trail will highlight sites and stories relating to Native American history of this region.
CIVIL WAR TRAIL
Follow this trail to some of the most compelling places in Tennessee's history.
ARTISTS AND FINE CRAFTER'S TRAIL
A shopping guide to local arts and fine crafts.
PIE IN THE SKY TRAIL
Discover the peaks and valleys of Southeast Tennessee
Explore the rails, trails and roads of Southeast Tennessee.
SEQUATCHIE VALLEY BYWAY
Enjoy the scenic vistas and natural, cultural, historical, and recreational points.
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The Craft Artists of Southern Tennessee Holiday Studio Tour will take place this weekend (Dec. 7-8, 2013) in Sewanee and Monteagle, Tenn. This year, more than 35 craft artists will open their studios to the public, partner with a fellow artists, and offer fine craft items at locations in and around the area. Download a brochure of participating studios on their website.
Southeast Tennessee is home to a variety of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms - check them out if you are in the market for a live tree and an adventure!
Many area cut-your-own Christmas tree farms open to the public on Thanksgiving Day! Find a farm in Southeast Tennessee...
Choosing and cutting down your own live Christmas tree can be a fun way to enjoy a simpler version of the holidays and spend some time outdoors in the scenic agricultural landscape of the region.
Check out Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail 's new Facebook page!
Journey back in time to the 1800s this Saturday, Nov. 23, during Pioneer Days at Audubon Acres in East Brainerd. The living history event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / cost is $5 per person.
The new office of Keep McMinn Beautiful in Athens, Tenn., is built into the side of a hill and is being called a "hobbit house."
Check out the Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association's latest blog by our historic preservation planner, Melissa Mortimer, about her experience on the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure.
Congratulations to Howard Johnson of Spring City, Tenn., in Rhea County for being recognized as Property of the Year and Guest Satisfaction Leader in the U.S. by the Howard Johnson hotel brand, placing it among the very best in the brand's global portfolio of nearly 450 hotels.
Congrats to Sequatchie Cove Farm for making the FINALS of San Francisco's esteemed Good Food Awards.
Much of the history of Hales Bar Dam and Marion County can be credited to the work of Nonie Webb, a Marion County historian and passionate ambassador for Hales Bar Dam.
Dragging Canoe, one of history's most notorious Native American leaders in the fight against white settlement, lived from 1738 to 1792 in villages throughout the Chattanooga area in Southeast Tennessee, including Brainerd and near Nickajack Lake.
The hills of Southeast Tennessee are alive with the sound of music. The acoustics of the banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica hover over the landscape like the smoky haze known to float above the region's mountains and valleys, and voices rise from its waters. Musical roots here are deep, and a new generation of musicians is building upon that foundation. Carrie Hassler of Pikeville, Tenn., is one of those voices.
A commemorative event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Hales Bar Dam will take place at the historic Princess Theater in South Pittsburg, Tenn., on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event will feature live music from Blackbirds Revival, as well as a pre-screening of the up coming documentary "Wide River to Cross," which tells the story of the historic dam.
The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in Birchwood, Tenn., recently dedicated a memorial wall to honor the Cherokee who were forcibly removed from their native homeland in the Southeast during the Cherokee Removal. 2013 marks the 175-year anniversary of the Cherokee Removal, known as the Trail of Tears.
Mark your calendars: Christmas on the Mountain at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Visit the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. for a special dedication of a memorial wall created in honor of the Cherokee who were forcibly removed from their native homeland in the Southeast during the Cherokee Removal.
Congrats to Sequatchie Cove Farm, located in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley in Southeast Tennessee, for recognition at the American Cheese Society's annual competition!
Visit the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. for a special dedication of a memorial wall created in honor of the Cherokee who were forcibly removed from their native homeland in the Southeast during the Cherokee Removal. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker will be at the event, as well as a representative from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation.
Nothing better than visiting an apple orchard on a crisp fall day. Southeast Tennessee is lucky to have several apple orchards: Wheeler's Orchard in Dunlap; Oren Wooden's Apple House - Pie Shop in Pikeville; Apple Valley Orchards in Cleveland; Fairmount Orchard on Signal Mtn.; and Shultz Farm in Athens.
Thanks to students from Ivy Academy Chattanooga who volunteered by picking up trash on the Cumberland Trail today during Hiketoberfest!