Upper Cumberland
Tourism Association
writer's Tour

This tour covered four days and four counties; Clay, Jackson, Macon, and Smith. The writers who attended were presented the beauty, history, and more popular destinations in these areas of the Upper Cumberland. The local Chambers of Commerce in each county showcased a small part of what their county had to offer. There was so much more they would have shared had only the time been available. The images have been broken down by the day, not individual county, as so much area was covered in such a short period on any given day.

Ruth Dyal, Executive Director with the UCTA, offers tours in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. These tours are designed to bring awareness to different and unique aspects of the communities visited. Whether it is historical, natural beauty, cultural, or recreational that interest you, the Upper Cumberland region can fill those interests. Please visit www.uppercumberland.org for a list of self-guided tours, upcoming events, and a full list of things to see and do in the region.

43 of 183 images are shared in this gallery "Writer's Tour - Day 3"

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Day 2

Macon County - part 2
Red Boiling Springs

The Armour Hotel in Red Boiling Springs Poker Chips from the old Palace Hotel which opened in 1916 Debra Emery, Innkeeper at the Amour Hotel in Red Boiling Springs Dennis and Debra Emery, Innkeepers at the Armour Hotel, mineral baths are still offered here


Macon County Courthouse built in 1933, first courthouse erected in 1844 The Macon County courthouse is located in LaFayette, TN Business off Public Square Indigo Blues on Public Square
Honoring those who lost their lives in the tornado, Febraury 5, 2008 One of Macon Counties markers featured in the Tennessee Civil War Trails guide South entrance to the Macon County Courthouse Back on the shuttle and headed towards Smith County "Absolutely"

Smith County - part 1

We were greeted at Dixona in Dixon Springs by the current owner This was the original kitchen buit in 1789 The original smokehouse at Dixona Discussing the past
Standing on the front porch Every room had a story to tell The tavern within the residence held the first Tribunal in the County on December 16-18, 1799 The children decorated their low ceiling using the smoke from oil lamps
Just one of the collections of documents & Native American artifacts The original estate consisted of eight or more rooms, outhouses, barns and quarters on 3840 acres A few uninvited guest take residence


Smith County Courthouse was built by Henry Jackson in 1879  Second Empire-Style Courthouse Lin Stepp with Carthage Mayor Hodge Michael Nesbitt, Smith County Mayor, never stops

Cordell Hull Lake

Arriving at the new Cordell Hull Lake Visitor Center This new Visitor Center was completed in 2012 after the original burned in 2008 A view of Cordell Hull Lock &Dam from the Visitor Overlook Overlooking the Cumberland River
Just enjoying the view from the Overlook Bill & Ruth Dyal enjoying a tour of Cordell Hull Gentle, sloping Tennessee Hills enclose the lake Unique shorelines offer a relaxing time on the lake
Wildlife is plentiful on the lake Some of the best fishing spots are found at Cordell Hull We enjoyed a bonfire at Defeated Creek Park that evening Reenactors shared the history of Smith County through the eyes of "Col. William Walton and his wife Sara"
Shannon's grandfather was taught to spin the banjo as he played by Dave Macon Local storie teller Jackie Martin also spun a few Classic bluedgrass at it's best played by Shannon Kemp, Mark Lawrence, & Guss Gulley Doug Markham with the TWRA explained the varieties of native wildlife as he sipped on some spiced cider