Samuel Smith White Pine #6

Samuel Smith White Pine #6

Pinus strobus In 1832, seventy-year-old Samuel Smith brought a party of 350 settlers including his family through the Cumberland Gap to settle in Tennessee. He was given a thousand acres of land in Montgomery County as a pension for his service in the Revolutionary...
Old Oak of Tusculum College #19

Old Oak of Tusculum College #19

Quercus alba The Old Oak once shared honors as co-champion white oak in the state of Tennessee. Standing over 100 feet tall, with a circumference of twenty-three feet and a spread of 110 feet, the tree is between two hundred fifty and three hundred years old. The Old...
New Hope Cemetery Black Oak #32

New Hope Cemetery Black Oak #32

Quercus velutina Just four years after the Civil War a small group of emancipated slaves met at a local schoolhouse on Holly’s Creek. They asked the Reverend William S. Doak, the Presbyterian missionary and president of Tusculum College, about forming a congregation...
Moon Trees #24

Moon Trees #24

On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 lifted off from Cape Kennedy on its way to the moon. Aboard were Alan Shepard, Ed Mitchell, and Stuart Roosa. Each astronaut was allowed to take some personal items aboard, including Commander Shepard’s historic golf club. Roosa, at one...
Montvale Springs Tree Grove #18

Montvale Springs Tree Grove #18

Few areas of East Tennessee are as well-known as Montvale Springs, on the side of Chilhowee Mountain. A log hotel was built on the site in 1832. Woodville, the first novel published in Tennessee, was written there by Charles Todd. In 1853 Asa Watson razed the log...