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Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap is a prominent V-shaped indentation in the Cumberland Mountains. It is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia boundary approximately one-quarter mile north of the point where Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee meet. The base of the pass lies in a plane 300 feet above the valley floor and 900 feet below the pinnacle on its north side. On the south side, the mountain is only 600 feet above the saddle of the Cap. Viewed from a distance, this picturesque natural feature probably appears much the same as it did when seen by the first pioneers. However, a closer look will reveal that the north side of the pass has been sliced by a modern highway to a depth of approximately twenty feet.

Indians used Cumberland Gap as a gateway through the mountains long before the arrival of the white man. Those crossing the Ohio at the mouth of the Scioto River found a well-beaten trail known as the Warriors' Path, leading directly to the Gap. Often they ventured beyond and into the Carolina's on the Catawba Trail, or toward the south on the Clinch and Cumberland Cap Trail which connected with others leading to present-day Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee. Occasionally these hunters returned to the Scioto country by following the Great Indian Warpath which intersected the Catawba at a point about thirty miles southeast of the Gap.

The Gap in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee
The Gap in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Historic Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

...First known as the “Gateway to the West”, then as the strong hold during the Civil War, Cumberland Gap is now known for everything from its specialty shops to the National Historical Park.  Located approximately an hour north of Knoxville,  Cumberland Gap is a great place to spend the day, or even spend a weekend...

Iron Furnace

Iron Furnace in Cumberland Gap, TN.

This structure is located at the base of Cumberland Mountain, next to Gap Creek, near Cumberland Gap, TN - where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet. It was used during the nineteenth century as a charcoal blast furnace for smelting iron. Probably built between 1813 and 1835 by Martin Beaty, it was operated intermittently until about 1881, by a number of people including John G. Newlee for whom the foundry was named at the end of the century. The foundry and buildings were used for ammunition storage for a part of the Civil War. This foundry is considered one of the last examples of a cold-blast charcoal furnace. The site includes the 30' remains of the blast furnace, a grass-covered slag pile, a large stone with drill-holes for splitting it, and a portion of a flume, cut to channel Gap Creek around the foundry.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park


At Cumberland Gap, the first great  gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the  longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains  into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers  stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and  scenic features found in the park.

With  cave tours, Pinnacle overlook, hiking, backpacking, camping, museum,  park films, book store, Cumberland crafts and check the parks schedule  for event through out the year.

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Rails to Trails

Old spur train tunnel


This old spur tunnel use to carry trains from Cumberland Gap to Harrogate TN. It is now a "Rails-to-Trails" tunnel carrying foot and bicycle traffic between the two towns.

Click HERE to see a aerial view of Rails to Trails starting point in Cumberland Gap, TN.

Click HERE to see a aerial view of the tunnel on Harrogate TN area.

Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Lee Majors  was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Harvey Lee Yeary [Lee took his acting  name Lee Majors, from the University of Tennesse football coach Johnny  Majors], on the 23rd of April 1939,. He grew up in Middleboro, Kentucky,  where he had been adopted by relatives after the death of his parents,  when he was less than three years old. He  discovered about his adoption on rainy afternoon during his teenage  years. He was alone in the house, and overcome with boredom when for  some reason he decided to go up into the attic and start poking around  in the old boxe. More at...

Cumberland Gap Tunnel

Cumberland Gap Tunnel

 The Cumberland Gap Tunnel is a tunnel that carries U.S. Route 25E under Cumberland Gap National  Historical Park near the intersection of Kentucky, Tennessee, and  Virginia. The east portal of the tunnel is in Tennessee and the west  portal is in Kentucky; according to United States Geological Survey maps  of the area, the tunnel does not enter Virginia. It is one of only two  mountain vehicular tunnels in the United States that cross a state line,  the other being the East River Mountain Tunnel on Interstate 77 between  Virginia and West Virginia. 

Wilderness Road State Park

Wilderness Road State Park

The park is about 310 acres that lie  astride the Wilderness Road, a route carved by Daniel Boone in 1775. The  route, which followed a buffalo trace, opened America’s first western  frontier. Most notable in the park are the Karlan Mansion built in the  1877, a state-of-the-art visitor center and Martin's Station, a replica  of a colonial frontier fort that was near this site in 1775.

With  Wilderness Road Trail, a 10-mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail.  Indian Ridge Trail, a self-guided, natural heritage trail, camping, gift  center, and picnic area. More at...

Claiborne County Historical and Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 32 Tazewell, Tennessee 37879.

Office Phone: (423) 526-5737 

Office Hours: Sunday 1-5;  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10-4.

Randell Jones

Award-winning author and storyteller. He is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain as well as other books of the pioneer era and the American Revolution 

The Daniel Boone Society

Is an association of descendants, genealogists, and historians who enjoy studying the lives and times of this remarkable family.  

LMU Lincoln Memorial University

6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752 

423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900 

Union County Cemeteries Association - Tennessee

P.O. Box 1315

Maynardville, Tennessee 37807

(865) 992-4631

Tennesseans For Living History

We are a group of friends who have come together to educate people about  the history of Tennessee and America through historical interpretation.

Historic Martin's Station

Historic Martin's Station

Martin's Station was a frontier fort  originally located at nearby Rose Hill, Virginia. The station,  consisting of several fortified cabins, was the only station between the  start of the Wilderness Road at the blockhouse in Virginia and Crab  Orchard on the edge of the Kentucky settlement – a distance of some 200  miles.

See their website for a schedule of events through out the year.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) houses one of the finest private collections of Lincoln and Civil War material in the world. More than 35,000 artifacts, manuscripts, photos, and rare books fill its three permanent exhibit galleries, special exhibit gallery, vaults, and reading rooms. More at...

Historic Rose Gulf Station

Historic Rose Gulf Station


Historic Rose Gulf Station:  Built in 1930 by Carson Rose and operated until 1956, the historic Rose  Service Station located just off Hwy 25E in Tazewell was restored by the  town of Tazewell in 2001 back to the authentic condition, representing a  Gulf “filling station” from days long past.

Located on Main Street in Tazewell, TN 37879.  Open weekdays  423-626-5104

Norris Lake

Norris Lake Tennessee

Marinas and campgrounds – Boat, houseboat, pontoon, jet ski and wave-runner cabin Rentals. Along the more than 800 miles of shoreline, there are two state wildlife management areas, three state parks, boat docks, county parks, and public access areas. Norris Lake extends 56 miles up the Powell River and 72 miles up the Clinch River.

Beach Island Resort and Marina

Bunch Hollow Campground & Resort

Cedar Grove Marina and Campground

Mountain Pass Campground

Norris Landing Marina

Straight Creek Boat Dock

Pinnacle Overlook

Pinnacle Overlook

The  view from the Pinnacle Overlook provides a spectacular view of the  surrounding mountains, the Cumberland Gap, and the historic Wilderness  Road. The states of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee are all visible  from the overlook which can be accessed via the Skyland Road near the  park's main visitor center.

Pinnacle Overlook Today

The  first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that  was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers  moving west. Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail beginning in  Southwest Virginia through Cumberland Gap known as the Wilderness Road.  It became the route westward for pioneers who travelled west through the  mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Both the North and the South  vied for control of the Cumberland Gap during the Civil war. Today the  park consists of approximately 20,000 acres and 70 miles of hiking  trails. There are numerous scenic and historic features in the park and  ranger led programs are offered throughout the year including tours of  Gap Cave and the historic Hensley Settlement

Frozen in time Glacier Girl.....

Glacier Girl P-38 Lightning

Fifty  years later, this single aircraft was recovered from the ice in 1992  after many years excavation. She underwent an intensive restoration  process in Middlesboro, Kentucky beginning in 1993. After hundreds of  thousands of man hours and millions of dollars, Glacier Girl stands now  as the most perfect restoration of a World War II era warbird ever done  and the most perfect P-38 Lightning in existence.  

Read more.

Aircraft location.

Tennessee Society Sons of the Revolution

The Sons of the Revolution is a hereditary patriotic society instituted to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in the military, naval and civil service... 

Overmountain Victory Trail Association

The OVTA wants to tell you the story of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Massengill, Nelson and Tolbert Families

This website contains Family history on Massengill, Nelson and Tolbert. This website is to share our genealogy, family news and precious memories...

Author: Johnnie Sue Bridges

Many have said my books read like fiction; I assure you they are not. When peering into the portal of one’s life it is hard to imagine that a person could experience so many things as I have shared with... 

Born in Middlesboro, Kentucky

Tom and Sue Wright; Portrayals of Abe & Mary Lincoln

From Pioneer to President

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

James Young; Portrayal of General Robert E. Lee

Etowah, Tennessee area.

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Coal House and Coal Mine Display Middlesboro, Kentucky

Coal House

Coal  mining equipment is housed in this structure made entirely of coal.  Home to the Bell County Chamber of Commerce, this building is truly a  unique landmark. The Coal House was built in 1926 out of 42 tons of  bituminous coal.

Gap Cave


After years of  being closed to the public, the National Park has began to give guided  tours of the famous Gap Cave (also known in the past as Cujo’s Cave).  This is one of the most unique attractions in the entire area, and it’s a  great activity to check out in the summertime since the cave stays nice  and cool. The 2016 tour schedule and prices are as follows: 

Click here for price and schedule.

Middlesboro, Kentucky Meteorite Crater Impact Site

Middlesboro, Kentucky Meteorite Crater Impact Site

Middlesboro  Crater, is a meteor crater in Kentucky. The Middlesboro Crater is  located in the Appalachian Mountains, between the Cumberland Mountains  and Pine Mountain. The town of Middlesboro, built in the crater, was  established in 1886 to mine the iron and coal deposits. Middlesboro  Crater is approximately 3 miles diameter and the age is estimated to be  less than 300 million years. 

Pine Mountain State Park Lodge

Pine Mountain State Park Lodge

 Kentucky’s first state park is a hidden gem in  the Commonwealth. Located just south of Pineville, KY, the park has over  15 miles of some of the finest hiking trails in all of Appalachia  including favorites like Hemlock Garden Trail, Honeymoon Falls Trail,  Chain Rock Trail, and much more. The park has an adjacent 18-hole golf  course in Wasioto Winds, a lodge with both rooms and cabins for rent,  and a brand new zip line and canopy tour (see below). Visitors can also  enjoy many fantastic overlooks, including the famed Chain Rock Overlook  that overlooks Pineville. Website

Chain Rock

Chain Rock

 Chain Rock is a unique point of interest that  sits within Pine Mountain State Resort Park. From the parking lot at the  top of Pine Mountain, it is a short hike to the Chain Rock overlook.  There, legend has it, the chain was put between two large boulders to  keep them from falling onto the town of Pineville.


Bell County Historical Society

Bell County Historical Society

 The Bell County  Historical Society is located right beside the Middlesboro Post Office  on 20th St. It houses many artifacts and exhibits pertaining to the  county’s history including the Middlesboro meteor crash, coal mining,  Indian artifacts, and much more! Hours and info are on website. 


Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

 One of the nation’s most historic routes, the Daniel Boone Wilderness  Trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775 from Long Island  of the Holston at what is now Kingsport, TN, through the Cumberland Gap  of Virginia and into Kentucky. It would become the route for hundreds of  thousands of settlers of the western frontier. 

Steven Young Caudill; Portrayal of Daniel Boone

Steven Caudill, portray-er of Daniel Boone.  I was born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky, which is just a few miles away from Fort Boonesborough.  My ancestry even goes back to the Boone family, so my ties to Daniel Boone run deep, as well as my love for this area.

Rail Road Tunnel Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Rail Road Tunnel Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Built in 1888 -1889 by the Powell's Valley Railroad; sold the same year to the Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railroad; sold in 1896 to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Now owned by CSX Railroad to connect Norfolk-Southern RR.

Click HERE to see a aerial view of the Rail Tunnel in Cumberland Gap, TN.

Historic Speedwell Academy

Historic Speedwell Academy

The  Academy was founded by German immigrant George Shutter, who came to  Tennessee from Pennsylvania in the early 1800′s. It was established in  1806 as Powell Valley Male Academy and later called Speedwell Academy.  The Academy was also used as headquarter by General Zollicoffer during  the Civil War as he prepared to take Cumberland Gap from Union forces.  The Academy was later used as a hospital by both Union and Confederate  forces. Hours Open to the Public: Apr. – Oct. (3rd Sun.) 2 – 5 p.m.;  Holidays 2 – 5 p.m.; Christmas Open House (1st three weekends in Dec.) 2  – 7 p.m.; Tour groups by appt. 220 Academy Rd., Speedwell, TN 37870 •  423-869-3414. ​ Facebook

Lewis and Clark in Kentucky and Cumberland Gap


The  Marker is in Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on U.S.  25E, on the right when traveling east. Just before the entrance to the  Cumberland Gap National Park.

Middlesboro Country Club (9 Hole)

 Middlesboro is home  to the oldest continually played golf course in America

Middlesboro is home  to the oldest continually played golf course in America. It was founded  in 1889, the same year as the town, as a way for the English investors  and businessmen who were settling in the area to have some recreation.  Nestled inside a beautiful circular valley, the golf course was proven  to be the center of impact for the meteor that created the unique valley  that the city of Middlesboro sits in. The golf course hosts several  golf scrambles and events throughout the year, make sure to check out  their website for details.  

Crockett Tavern Museum


Located in Morristown, Tennessee, the  Museum was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is  a reconstruction of the 1790's John Crockett Tavern. Website   

54 min drive from the Genealogy Jamboree. Map

Hiking Trails around Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Hiking Trails around Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

...Roughly 85 miles of hiking trails meander through the eastern deciduous  forests of Cumberland Gap. Distances range from a 1/4-mile loop trail to  the 21-mile-long Ridge Trail. Some of the most popular destinations in  the park include the Hensley Settlement, White Rocks, Sand Cave and Tri-State Peak...

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Little Congress Bicycle Museum

 Bicycles  function as reminders of the way things were and harbingers of things to come.  Our mission is to represent the past with carefully selected bicycles which  combine styling that is principally based upon market, theory and engineering  with historical and cultural significance.