Category Archives: Tennessee

Santa Train-Kingsport, Tennessee

Growing up, I heard the stories of my grandfather, Emary “Jitney” Blankenbecler, and others from Kingsport riding a train throughout the Appalachian Mountains handing out gifts and candies. He missed the first year of train because he was in World War II. He did this until 1995. He passed in 1998 at the age of 91.

The tradition of the Santa Train continues today.

For more information:

Appalachian History

Photo credit: The Kingsprt Archives

Rose Hill Cemetery-Fayetteville, Tennessee

Located in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the Rose Hill Cemetery began in the 1820s. It is still an active cemetery.

George Goodrich (1846-1902) and Sallie Goodrich (1840-1899)
Lucy Cooper (1848-1890)
Katherine Wright (1900-1906)
One of the monuments on the Hobbs family plot
Center angel on the Hobbs family plot

Lincoln School-Pikeville, Tennessee

Built in 1925, the Lincoln School is one of the few remaining Rosenwald Schools in Tennessee. The school educated children in K through 8th grade until 1965.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.