Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the month “October, 2014”

Slave Cemetery


This is one of about five grave stones we located in a very old slave cemetery northwest of Thorn Hill in Grainger County TN.  It’s on private property and we got permission to record it.  The last time it was checked was in 1999 by people who keep lists of county cemeteries and was noted as having more than 10 stones.  It is so overgrown now that we could only locate the five.

I couldn’t find any reference to names, but I’m still looking.  Oddly enough, I met someone whose wife is from Thorn Hill.  She’s contacting relatives for information.  I’ll add anything I find out.

Here’s another one of the stones (see what I meant by “overgrown”?):



Flat Gap mine


When I was a kid, my stepdad mentioned a zinc mine in Treadway TN.  This is it, but this one picture doesn’t do justice to the rather large site of the Flat Gap Zinc Mine.  The zinc mined here went up to Pennsylvania to be smelted.  But, in the mid-20th century, the price of zinc plummeted.  In April of 1961, the New Jersey Zinc Company closed this place down.  Well, the outstanding amount of ground water they encountered had something to do with the closing, too. This is a replacement building for the metal building further up the hill.  It went up in smoke at some point.
The right side of this building has seen its share of garage sales, apparently, and, on occasion, occupation by vagrants or merrymakers.

The left side of the building abuts a horse exhibition area.  It appears, from assorted manure piles, that horses and cattle have been temporarily lodged there.

Oh, that groundwater?  It’s now pumped into Sneedville for drinking water.  I saw a website where the original plan to do this was posted…and the comments were vicious.  Ad hominem comments with atrocious spelling (I went to school for a while in Sneedville and I know the teachers taught better than that).  Some people just don’t like other people…

Hopson School


This is Hopson School.  This is located on Walt Arnett Road, just off 19E in Carter County (36.20501, -82.10412).  I was standing on Old Railroad Grade Road when I took this.  Old Railroad Grade Road is the railbed of the ET&WNC, aka Tweetsie, Railroad.  Again, a tip of my hat to Mr. Joseph Penza, Archivist and Records Clerk at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library for ferreting out the name of this school.  There’s a picture here of a letter postmarked in the Hopson  Community in 1898.  Hopson is listed as having a post office as early as 1895.

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