"She lingers over the characters, economics, and battles that have put this part of the country on the map. "
— Carolyn L. Stoddard New Hampshire Tech. Inst. Lib., Concord
What do miniature golf, the Cherokee alphabet, country music, the atomic bomb, and the long-lost State of Franklin have in common?
They were all born in East Tennessee, of course.
Author Carolyn Sakowski drove over three thousand miles to update routes and directions for this second edition of Touring the East Tennessee Backroads. Though she didn’t much care for filling her gas tank, she loved reacquainting herself with the region’s rich history and unforgettable personalities.
Readers of this popular guide will meet frontier legends Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston. They’ll encounter a pair of future presidents—the hotheaded, gun-toting Andrew Jackson and the fugitive Andrew Johnson—at decidedly unpresidential moments in their lives. They’ll witness where John Sevier assembled with the Overmountain Men during the American Revolution and where William Thomas’s Cherokee legion fought in the Civil War. They’ll see Rock City, visit sites on the Trail of Tears, and travel to the courthouse where Clarence Darrow battled William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Monkey Trial. They’ll enjoy the best East Tennessee has to offer, from its mountain passes and TVA dams to its historic homes, churches, and gravesites.
The thirteen tours are amply illustrated with black-and-white photographs for the benefit of vacationers and armchair travelers alike.
The above is excerpted from "Touring the East Tennessee Backroads" by Carolyn Sakowski. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.