Starting as a long-hunter fort before becoming a permanent settlement, the town’s site was part of a 600-acre tract of land bought by James Brigham in 1782. He later gave 30 acres to Sullivan County for use as a county seat and established a hotel nearby. After William Blount, the town was named Blountville, the first governor of the Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River.
Blountville was a crossroads in the late 1700s, welcoming travelers headed west on the route beginning in Abingdon, Virginia, and offers at least three different routes out of town. Blountville was a natural stop for stagecoaches to change drivers and horses. Blountville became a major stopover on the Great Stage Road. If Blountville were incorporated, it would qualify as the second oldest municipality in Tennessee (second only to Jonesborough).
It is a pure delight to walk around this small town full of history. Numerous structures have been lovingly restored and preserved for future generations to appreciate.
When I told my sister that we would visit Blountville, she gave me a quizzical look as if to say, “Why?” I’ve learned that if you get out of the car and walk around, you will often find history, nature, and beauty if you are looking for it.
I always read the plaques and markers since they give you a fuller understanding and appreciation of the sites.
I also wore this look earlier in the day as I shopped for groceries. The crossbody bag is the perfect option for hands-free shopping. It is roomy enough for keys, phone, cards, cash, and other small essentials. The neutral color and simple style will allow me to carry it with almost any look.
Cold weather and the first snowfall have arrived in East Tennessee, so I’m now dressing in layers daily. While I’ve always loved the look of turtlenecks, my previous choices were immensely uncomfortable around my neck. In the interest of staying warm, I purchased one more to try. The Merino wool sweater was cozy and comfortable for the whole day. Hooray! I bought a size large this time, so the neck is loose and soft.