Nestled in the mountains where Tennessee meets Kentucky and Virginia, the towns of Harrogate and Cumberland Gap showcase the nation's history and the beauty of nature.
Here, a British investor dreamed of creating a resort town that rivaled the spas of Europe. The Panic of 1893 crushed those plans, but it also allowed a former Civil War general to keep his promise to Abraham Lincoln that he would do something to assist the area's mountain people. As a university that became a memorial to the 16th president grew in Harrogate, locomotives steamed through Cumberland Gap. The 1930s and 1940s marked hard times, but the pluck of the populace held firm. Indeed, the philanthropic effort put into the region, as well as a southern movie premier and even a presidential visit, demonstrated the area's potential. As time marched on, both Harrogate and Cumberland Gap welcomed tourists who explored the nearby Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and visited the university's Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
About the Author
Historian and Lincoln Memorial University alumna Natalie Sweet has selected the best images from the archives of Lincoln Memorial University and private holdings to tell the story of two communities that exemplify the best of small-town life in Appalachia.
Table of Contents
1 The British Are Coming 9
2 "Do Something for Those Mountain People" 31
3 To Every Thing There Is a Season 51
4 A University Matures 73
5 History and Nature Beckon 93
6 Eyes Toward the Future 113