Campfire Ghost Tales

Check out a few local “haunted” places!

Every year there comes a season for telling tales to make your short hairs stand up, for giving you the shivers, for making the friendly light of a bonfire turn trees and shadows into dancing ghosts … if you think I’m talking about Halloween, think again!

It’s camping season, and the weather has been great for it! Aside from all this rain from Tropical Storm Cindy, we’ve had days and nights of mild weather and even relatively low humidity here in pleasant East Tennessee. All this sweet summer weather makes it just right to pitch a tent in the backyard, roast hot dogs over a camp fire and chase fireflies in the twilight.

But, when the moon is out and the fire gets low, the time for telling tales is just right. Locals know that East Tennessee is famous for storytelling! With misty apparitions, magical fireflies and mysterious late-night animal noises, the background is perfect for some old-fashioned yarn-spinning! And, something about a good campfire brings out the best ghost stories.

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Here are a few infamously haunted places in our area to get your campfire tales started:

Bethesda Church and Cemetery in Morristown, Tennessee

Reportedly, Confederate soldiers buried here at the cemetery don’t take kindly to visitors with *ahem* Yankee accents coming around. Stories of women weeping, misty, foggy shapes and general creepy feelings surround this historic site when the sun goes down and the moon comes out. If you find yourself wandering outside the cemetery at night, you’d best starting whistling Dixie!

Greeneville, Tennessee: General Morgan Inn

HauntedPlaces.org lists historic General Morgan Inn as one of its haunted places. Green Room Grace, a waitress in times of yore, is supposedly playful and fun. Her favorite prank is snatching spoons from the hotel restaurant! Maybe they’ll renovate the hotel someday and find a whole stash of tarnished spoons behind a wall!

Jonesboro, Tennessee

The oldest official town of Tennessee, this place has two reportedly haunted hotels! The Hawley House Bed and Breakfast and the Historic Eureka Inn have given guests the heebie-jeebies with late-night whispers, unexplained footsteps and shadowy figures,  thought to be the spirits of women who once worked in the hotels.

Glenmore Mansion in Jefferson City, Tennessee

It’s rare that a ghost announces he’ll be a ghost before he passes, but that’s what witnesses say happened at the famous Glenmore Mansion! This Victorian gem, restored and maintained by diligent locals, is reportedly a favorite spot for now-deceased historian Thomas Roach. Witnesses have seen a friendly, misty figure roaming the property. There have also been sightings of an apparition of a woman in white in the upper windows at night.

Looking for more ghost stories? Check out these haunted tours by Appalachian Ghost Walks!

If you like to hear a masterful tale spinner, then Jonesboro, Tennessee is the place for you. The International Storytelling Center there has events year-round for audiences and participants alike! You have plenty of time to plan to attend this year’s National Storytelling Festival, October 6-8, 2017.

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Activities in Dandridge, Tennessee

Dandridge might have exactly the kind of entertainment you’re looking for.

TripAdvisor.com has a list of 16 must-do activities in Dandridge, Tennessee. The town of Dandridge is not very big, but it’s close to our area’s better-known tourist destination: Sevierville, Tennessee.

For locals, or those who want to take a step away from the more crowded attractions, a place like Dandridge might have exactly the kind of entertainment you’re looking for.

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If you’re checking out the list on TripAdvisor, one of the attractions (#15) is closed and the last one (#16) has no reviews, but 14 activities on the list give you a great itinerary for planning your vacation or staycation. I know, I know, it’s February, but summer is just around the corner. (Or maybe it’s just that our warm winter is making people antsy for real summer to come around!)

Almost half of the things to do on the list include water activities, and for good reason. Douglas Lake is beautiful. It’s accessible for free at several beaches and marinas (check this link for a list), and water recreation vehicles are available for rent at marinas in the area for an affordable day of fun. If the adrenaline-rush of speeding around on a watercraft gets old, take some time to sight-see on one of the marina sunset cruises, or slow way, way down and swim or fish. Just make sure you have your license. Fun fact: you can get a fishing license from your mobile phone, now! Check out this link from TWRA to find out how.

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Looking for things to enjoy in Dandridge during the cooler months?

You can still go shopping and eat at the historic homes-turned-shops (and restaurants) in quaint downtown Dandridge, or go for a meal at one of the lakeside restaurants. Tinsley-Bible Drugstore is always worth a visit for a relaxed ambience, some shopping and a bite to eat.

If you’re a golfer, check out Dandridge Golf and Country Club. It’s a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon.

Looking for a bit of history? Visit the Revolutionary War Graveyard.

If you’re looking for an unexpectedly quirky tour, check out the Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center for an authentic piece of Americana. There, you’ll find more interactive, family-friendly exhibits than you might expect involving beans, including a family photo op, a giant can of beans and the opportunity to check your weight in beans. The Bush family has been making their famous products here for more than a hundred years, and you can still see the original general store where it all began.

This attraction is also featured on RoadsideAmerica.com.

For the ultimate thrill-seeker, there’s always skydiving.

One of the most fun parts of Tennessee is how you never know what you’ll find if you step away from the beaten tourist path. This fun list of activities on the back porch of Sevierville is a great example of this.

As always, please visit DarleneReeves-Kline.com if you are interested in settling down in our beautiful area, or if you have any real estate questions.

 

Community and Beauty: Why We Love East Tennessee!

Our eastern corner of Tennessee is full of places like that: local secrets, where the authenticity hasn’t been polished off by the tourism industry.

Ask anyone who has made East Tennessee their home what their favorite things about living here are, and sense of community is bound to make the list.

During our 2016 wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, local businesses, churches, schools and groups of private individuals banded together to provide relief in the form of food, clothing (including pajamas and teddy bears for displaced kids), Power Bars, water and Gatorade for fire fighters, and money. The support was so immediate and overwhelming that, at one point during the crisis, aid workers in Sevier County couldn’t find space to put all the supplies! It’s exactly this spirit that makes Tennessee the Volunteer State.

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Our smaller communities have this amazing “helping out” attitude, too. It’s evident in the revitalization of the Mossy Creek district in Jefferson City, the organizations that provide help to homeless families in Morristown, the knowledgeable folks at Clinch-Powell RC&D in Rutledge who help local families become first-time homeowners and veterans get help paying off their mortgages.

Remember that list of reasons why people love to call East Tennessee home? The beauty of our natural environment is high on that list, too.

Clinch-Powell RC&D combines its mission for benefiting local communities with benefiting the environment in Hancock County. There, they have revitalized an old general store into a hub for ecotourism. Kyles Ford in Hancock County is remote, but it’s this secluded quality that makes it ripe for a great family vacation experience. There are cabins for rent and space to pitch a tent if that’s more your pace. There’s a great restaurant in the old store, and the porch doubles as a stage for regular local and regional live music performances.

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It’s called River Place on the Clinch, and it overlooks (you guessed it!) the sleepy Clinch River, which is home to an amazingly diverse ecosystem. There is more diversity of mussels in the Clinch River than can be found in the entirety of Europe! So, don’t be surprised if you see scientists wading through the water to study its residents. In fact, you might see lots of things you’d never catch sight of in town, like turkey and deer wandering in the grass down below the back deck.

River Place offers tube rentals and shuttles during the hot summer months. You could spend a whole weekend just floating on the river, listening to live music, chowing down on food, spotting wild deer and turkey, catching twilight fireflies, and generally enjoying the natural bounty of East Tennessee. With spring peeking around the corner, this kind of vacation sounds just about perfect.

Kyles Ford is about an hour from Morristown on Highway 31, making it a great weekend escape location. Lots of repeat visitors found it originally while wandering on the backroads, or traveling via motorcycle on Highway 70. Our eastern corner of Tennessee is full of places like that: local secrets, where the authenticity hasn’t been polished off by the tourism industry.

If you’re interested in learning more about real estate in Morristown, Jefferson City, or even Hancock County, go to DarleneReeves-Kline.com. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Lake Life in East Tennessee

The great thing about lake life in East Tennessee is that it’s very affordable. For listings and information about land and homes on one of our beautiful lakes, please visit http://www.darlenereeves-kline.com.

Mountains…rustic cabins…apple butter…woods and wildlife. These are things that people associate with life in our part of the state. People often come to East Tennessee for the mountains, with their fabulous views and abundant wildlife. Locals know there’s more to outdoor recreation around here than hiking  and camping, though; we have great boating and water sports, too! Douglas and Cherokee Lakes offer miles of public and private shoreline, beaches, shallow coves and deep main channels. Here’s a quick look at some of the fun our lakes have to offer:

Sailing

You don’t have to live in a coastal town to be a sailor! The sparkling waters and lush summer breezes of our lakes are a siren call for land-locked water-lovers. Since the 1970s, The Cherokee Lake Sailing Club, located at Black Oak Marina in Jefferson City, Tennessee, has been hosting races, beach parties and other sailing community events. Sailing is an excellent way to get involved in a fun, passionate community and get out on the water at the same time.

 

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Black Oak Marina

To learn more about the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club, click here.

Competitive Fishing

Lakes Cherokee, Douglas, and even Norris slightly further north are frequent destinations for professional bass fishing tournaments. Anglers pull their boats from all over the Southeast USA for a chance to reel in the biggest fish, or the most combined weight. It takes a tremendous amount of skill, figuring out which coves to go for and which bait will entice the fish the most.

The Hamblen County Dock, at Cherokee Park in Morristown, is the launching point for many of these highly competitive events.

 

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Hamblen County Boat Dock

Please visit Fishing League Worldwide at www.flwfishing.com for more information about fishing tournaments in East Tennessee.

Water Skiing

If an adrenaline rush is more to your water-recreational style, you’ll be happy to know that water skiing and boarding are popular in the area, too.

(Check out this quick reference article about skiing in East Tennessee!)

Many marinas offer boat, jet ski and water ski rentals. H2O Sports in Dandridge (smokymountainh2osports.com), Black Oak Marina in Jefferson City (blackoakmarina.com) and Lakeside Marina in Bean Station (www.cherokee-lake.org/lakeside-marina) are worth a look if you’re on the search for a rental.

The great thing about lake life in East Tennessee is that it’s very affordable.  For listings and information about land and homes on one of our beautiful lakes, please visit www.darlenereeves-kline.com.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Morristown, Tennessee

Here are four fun things you didn’t know about Morristown, Tennessee.

Morristown is a growing town with a population of about 28,000 people. It has affordable housing, great shopping and dining, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. But there are some surprising facts about Morristown that even long-time residents may not know. Here are four fun things you didn’t know about Morristown, Tennessee:

 1. Disc Golf!

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Photo from Yelp.com.

If you’ve never encountered this unique sport before, it’s like golf with a ball, except you fling a hefty Frisbee (the disc) at a metal basket mounted on a pole. The courses can be challenging, requiring you to dodge trees and fly your disc on uneven terrain, making for tricky sightlines. And, like golf with a ball, the object is to get the lowest score.  There are three courses in Morristown, regarded highly enough in the disc golfing community to be nicknamed “The Big Three!” Disc golf is on the rise here in Hamblen County, which is evidenced by the Tennessee State Disc Golfing Tournament, held in Morristown since June 2013. If you want to try your hand at disc golf, check out one (or all!) of these three, free courses:

Cherokee Park Disc Golf Course: Cherokee Park, 3075 Floyd Hall Drive

Morristown Rotary Disc Golf Course: Frank Lorino Park, 3100 Lorino Park Road

Kiwanis Disc Golf Course: Wayne Hansard Park, 5100 Dearing Road

Click here for more information about outdoor recreation in Morristown.

 2. Davy Crockett!

Long before Davy Crockett, the famed Frontiersman, was, well…famed, he was a boy who lived a short while in what is now Morristown, Tennessee. The Davy Crockett museum, located at Morningside Drive in Morristown, is a replica of the 1790s John Crockett tavern, on the site of Davy’s boyhood home.  Inside are donated items and replicas from homes in the 1790s in the Hamblen County area, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who can tell you all about Crockett family history.

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Davy Crockett Museum, via http://www.crocketttavernmuseum.org.

You can visit 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, May-October. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Click here for more information about the Crockett Museum!

 3. We have a state park!

Panther Creek State Park is a 1,435 acre plot of land filled with miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and running. There are overlooks for sweeping views of the lake and trails with access to grassy lakeside areas for picnics and swimming. And, if swimming in a pool is more your style, they have one of those, too! It’s right next to the playground.

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Overlook at Panther Creek State Park, via http://www.stateparks.com.

Click here for more information about Panther Creek State Park.

 4. The Evil Dead was filmed here!

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Talk about a cult classic: directed by Sam Raimi, (of Spider-Man fame) and starring Bruce Campbell (who is more recently known for his role in the television show Burn Notice, but always gets a cameo appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films) this movie takes B-rated to a whole new level. Launched in 1981, The Evil Dead features more fake blood and gore than you can pack into one abandoned cabin in the woods.

There you have it: four fun things about Morristown, Tennessee that you didn’t know. If you did know any of these fun facts, let me know by dropping me a line on my Facebook Page, or in the comments below!

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A Day at the Beach with Ice Cream on Top! Yes, You’re in East Tennessee.

The beach at Cherokee Dam is free to use, and it has some unique features that are appealing, especially for families with young kids!

So, you’re considering moving your family to Jefferson County in East Tennessee. Like much of the land in this area, there are beautiful, rolling hills, great views and even lakefront property if you like living in the country, and if you prefer town life there are quaint, historic houses near Carson-Newman College as well as modern subdivisions nearby.

But what can you do with your family? There are lots of fun, affordable (in some cases, even free!) activities in this fair county to help you make lasting memories. One of the local favorites is the beach at Cherokee Dam, just minutes from downtown Jefferson City.

The Tennessee Valley Authority maintains multiple dams in our corner of the Southeast USA for the purpose of generating power to residents. The lakes created, as well as surrounding land, provide tons of recreation for swimmers, campers, picnic-ers, day-trippers…all for free, or for a nominal access fee, depending on the site. Click: here for a list of swim beaches maintained by the TVA.

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The parking area, with the beach and Cherokee Lake just beyond. Picnic areas are up and to the left.

The beach at Cherokee Dam is free to use, and it has some unique features that are appealing, especially for families with young kids! There is a sandy beach at the edge of the water, a stone-walled public bathroom, and many lunch spots complete with picnic tables and even grills—charcoal not included! You can stroll over the dam itself and get an amazing view of Cherokee lake on one side and the steep back end of the dam on the other side. There are walking paths mown into the grassy fields stretching away from the parking lot at the beach, too. In one morning you could get in a swim, a walk, a view and a lunch before heading back to town! Oh, and there are great swings under the tall trees, a few yards up the hill from the water. They are the really tall kind that remind me of my childhood, so you can swing a long, swooping arc while the sparkling water and shady trees seem to tilt around you…or, I guess your kids could swing, too, while you take a break with your camp chair and your novel!

Reserve a bit of energy after your day at the beach, because it wouldn’t really be complete without award-winning ice cream. That’s right, award-winning! No typical store-bought here! Drive the five minutes or so it takes to get from the beach to The Creek Café, located in the historic Mossy Creek section of Jefferson City. Click: here for the website. The ice cream comes fresh from The Apple Valley Creamery. Click: here to visit their website.

“Voted best ice cream in East Tennessee by WBIR TV and ranked #1 local restaurant on Trip Advisor.”

For more information about the renovation of the historic building housing the café, click:  here. Jefferson City really is a special place, with motivated people working hand-in-hand to help revitalize this historic town. Trust me, you can taste the community love in the amazing ice cream!

 

110 E Old Andrew Johnson Hwy

Jefferson City, TN 37760

(865) 308-9084

http://www.thecreekcafe.com