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TN History for Kids

Counties

Unicoi County

Uncle Johnny's hostel is a well-known stop on the Appalachian Trail in Erwin. Unicoi County is famous for having once executed an elephant. In 1916, the Sparks Brothers Circus came to Kingsport. A 9,500 pound elephant named Mary brutally ki…

Union County

A Roy Acuff record In the 1940s and 1950s few Americans were better known than Roy Acuff, a native of Maynardville. He started off as a baseball player, but then an injury cut short his career and he began playing the fiddle. In 1934 Acuff starte…

Van Buren County

Photo courtesy of Tom Miller Spencer once made national news, thanks to the elderly ladies of the town. In the late 1930s, the mayor of Spencer died, and for a while no one in the town took the initiative to call an election to replace him. It lo…

Warren County

Stalagmites at Cumberland Caverns Warren County is the site of Cumberland Caverns, one of the most extensive cave systems in the Volunteer State and a place with a somewhat frightening history. It was originally discovered in 1810 by Aaron Higgi…

Washington County

A marker and fountain in Jonesborough Washington is the "mother county" of Tennessee. When it was first formed in 1777, Washington County was part of North Carolina, and the "county" contained much of the land that later became…