Recently I traveled the long road down route 81 to my daughter’s house in the little, historic town of Rogersville TN. It’s really a nice place to live with a homey feel. There are shops, restaurants and historic places downtown. It’s a great place to visit. Here’s a little of what makes Rogersville historic:
On each corner of the town square in the center od Rogersville is a historic site. The Hawkins County Courthouse, built in 1836, is the oldest original courthouse still in use in the state.
Just across Main Street is the Masonic Temple, site of the oldest continually operating lodge in Tennessee. The building was built in 1839 as the first branch of the Bank of the State of Tennessee, failing just after the Civil War because all its assets were in Confederate bonds and money.
The Hale Springs Inn and Kyle House are on the other corners of the square. The Kyle House was built in 1837 as a twenty-two room mansion for William Simpson. During the Civil War, Confederate officers and soldiers were housed there. Just across Main Street, Union officers and soldiers were housed in the Hale Springs Inn.
The first Tennessee newspaper, the Knoxville Gazette, was printed in Rogersville on November 5, 1791
It was along a major stagecoach route leading to Kentucky and the Cumberland settlements which allowed Rogersville to prosper.
Davy Crockett’s grandparents had a cabin alongside Crockett Creek running through the town. They were massacred by Indians in 1777 and buried in what is now the Rogers Cemetery in Crockett Springs Park, along with Joseph Rogers, the founder of Rogersville. source
They say things like y’all and I’m fixin to, eat cornbread and biscuits and gravy. I have nothing against those foods or sweet tea it’s just that I eat too much of those foods when I’m there! And the sweet tea is SWEET! Pal’s has the best tea. There are no Pal’s up here so it’s always a special treat.
This is my granddog Kenzie, She’s the most nervous dog I ever met but she sure is cute with her ears going in the same direction. All she wants to do is curl up on your lap and sleep.
My grandson Jake, wearing just one spur, is reluctantly allowing me to take his picture.
My granddaughter Tay is a beauty! She has a cosmetology license and did my hair. I got a color and trim and she did a great job.
We did a little pumpkin carving. I didn’t remember how much work it takes to carve a pumpkin. Mine was the owl.
Visiting Rogersville in the fall is always fun because of the fall festival and the beauty of the colorful leaves.
In this picture you can get a glimpse of the leaves just starting to turn a pretty golden color and some of the food available at the festival.
The town square is dressed out with some creative scarecrows.
You’ll find food and more food,
foods of all kinds!
And even a chili cook off. Do you put corn in your chili?
The amazing work of this blacksmith caught my eye.
We found out that Jake won 2nd place in the trash art contest. The art work was on display at the festival.
It’s supposed to be an overview of the town with McDonalds at one end and the football field at the other. The rest of it…I’m not sure, but he got second place! Woohoo!
Later that day, my daughter and I doing a selfie at Amis mill restaurant.
Built in an old mill, this place was so pretty. It rained on us while we were there and they were out of fried green tomatoes but it was still a nice experience. I tried fried okra instead and it was good! The place was packed because of the Heritage festival.
Across from the restaurant is this pretty waterfall. It’s such a beautiful setting.
If you love a small town parade, here’s a short video you might enjoy.
Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))