First settled sometime around 1800, Mosheim was first known as “Blue Springs” after the spring that still flows through town. However, in 1872 local Lutherans established a college and named it after German theologian Johann Lorenz von Mosheim. As a result, the town subsequently decided to change its name to Mosheim, too.
Civil War buffs might be interested in knowing that many of the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspirers hailed from Mosheim. (More on that later.) Nearly two years later on October 10, 1863, the Battle of Blue Springs was fought just outside of the city.
Sometime in the mid-to-late 20th century, a Stuckey’s stop was made available to folks traveling up and down Tennessee’s I-81. In fact, off Exit 30, you’ll find a Marathon store complete with a Stuckey’s and a Little Caesars Pizza inside. They offer all your favorite Stuckey’s pecan treats, “pizza pizza”, and all of the convenience of, well, a convenience store. So, fill up on all of your favorite Stuckey’s road trip snacks, pizza pizza, and other conveniences while you’re there. After that, check out these places to see and things to do near the Stuckey’s in Mosheim:
Bridge-Burners Monument and Graves / Mosheim, TN
On a cold November morning in 1861, a handful of local Unionists set several rail bridges ablaze in East Tennessee. Their plan was to cut all communications and rail service used by rebel forces by burning nine bridges. After the bridges were burned, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman was expected to bring in his Union soldiers to drive the Confederates out. However, after only five of the nine bridges were burned, Sherman decided not to continue with the invasion. In fact, all the plan managed to do was enrage Confederate General Danville Leadbetter who demanded swift and brutal justice.
At least six of the conspirators known as the Lick Creek Bridge Burners were caught. Jacob Hensie and Henry Fry were both tried and hanged on November 30, 1861. Ten days later, Alex Haun was tried and hanged just north of Knoxville on December 10. Jacob Harmon and his son, Henry, were both hanged on December 17, the elder forced to watch the younger die. Harrison Self managed to receive a last-minute pardon from Jefferson Davis after being tried convicted and sentenced to hang. The request came from Self’s daughter, Elizabeth.
On November 9, 2002, 141 years after that cold November morning, locals dedicated a memorial to the five hanged “bridge-burners.” Today, you can visit the memorial here and learn all about the men and their exploits .
Archie Campbell Museum & Homeplace / Bulls Gap, TN
There’s no doubt that those that grew up watching the country cornpone of Hee Haw know who Archie Campbell is. Born in Bulls Gap on November 7, 1914, Campbell was more than just the “Pfft, You Were Gone” comedian, however. He was also singer, painter, television host and so much more. And here at the Archie Campbell Museum and Homeplace Complex you can discover just how much more. It features many artifacts relating to Mr. Campbell’s life, including recordings, photographs, posters and Hee Haw memorabilia. The museum and complex are open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM and are closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please contact Archie Campbell Museum and Homeplace Complex directly at 423-235-5216 or at their website here.
Forbidden Caverns / Sevierville, TN
Forbidden Caverns is a show cave located near the Smokey Mountains in Sevierville, Tennessee. According to legend, the caverns were named after an Indian princess got lost in a “hollow mountain of two streams”. As a result, the tribal chiefs ruled the caves “forbidden”. Still, that didn’t stop the Native Americans from using the cave as a shelter in winter. It also didn’t stop early 20th century locals from using the caverns and its constant supply of water to make moonshine, either.
Forbidden Caverns opened to the public as a show cave in 1967. Today, visitors descend hundreds of feet below the surface and marvel at the underground river, grottos, and chimneys. Guided tours through the cave last about an hour. What’s more, the caverns maintain a year-round temp of 58°F so be sure to bring a sweater or jacket.
The caves are open from10AM to5PM every day except Thursdays and Sundays April through November. They’re also closed Thanksgiving Day and December through March. For more information on hours and admission, visit their website here or call (865) 453-5972.
Big Davy Crockett Statue / Greeneville, TN
Folk hero Davy Crockett was born in East Tennessee on August 17, 1786. According to Crockett himself, he was born “at the mouth of Lime Stone, on the Nola-chucky River.” Today, you can visit the very site of his birth at the aptly named David Crockett Birthplace State Park in nearby Limestone. Located along the Nolichucky River, the 105-acre park includes a replica of Crockett’s birth cabin, a museum, and a large campground.
Nonetheless, road warriors and family vacationers who love Muffler Men, Big Johns, and Uniroyal Gals should head to nearby Greeneville. That’s because just off Exit 36 of I-81 at the Davy Crockett TA Travel Center, you’ll find the biggest Davy Crockett statue around. Created by renowned (at least among road trippers) fiberglass artist Mark Cline, the 15-foot-tall statue was erected in January 2019. Clad in buckskins and his coonskin cap made famous by Walt Disney, the statue makes for a great photo op.
Also nearby at the travel center is a statue of Green County native Carl Dana Brandon. Brandon was killed at the tender age of 20 while fighting as a “doughboy” in WWI. However, the statue not only honors Brandon, but all of those who have died in wars fighting for freedom.
President Andrew Johnson / Greenville, TN
While he usually ranks pretty low in From Greatest to Worst Presidents lists, Andrew Johnson seems to be number one with the people of Greenville. In fact, there are no less than two statues (one marble and one bronze), and a national historic site named in his honor. (The latter contains his tailor shop he worked in before entering politics and a replica of the Raleigh, North Carolina home he was born in.)
Also located on the grounds of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is the final resting place of the 17th President of the United States – the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. For hours and admission information, you can visit the National Park Service site here.
Wherever your headed in Tennessee or the rest of America, be sure to take some Stuckey’s along for the ride. After all, is it really a road trip without our famous Stuckey’s Pecan Log Rolls or classic pecan pralines?
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