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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dandridge, Tennessee

I had occasion this afternoon to spend a couple of hours in Dandridge, Tennessee, the second oldest town in the state, incorporated in 1793. It's a lovely little town -- population 2,078 -- and, needless to say, it is veritably suffused with history. Today being a gorgeous day, I couldn't resist snapping a few photos.

The Tinsley Bible Drug Store, where I had lunch. It's basically a combined restaurant and general store. Locals apparently say that "if you can't get it at Tinsley Bible Drugs, you don't need it." Oh, and the food is really good!

The Dandridge Revolutionary War Graveyard. The folks buried here were members of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in Jefferson County, founded in 1785 when the area was part of the State of Franklin.

A view of the Highway 92 Bridge, Douglas Lake, and the earthen dike that protects Dandridge from being flooded by said lake. When the lake was created by the damming of the French Broad River in 1942, the initial plan was to simply let it flood much of Dandridge -- until, according to Wikipedia, "the citizens of Dandridge appealed to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, pointing out that the town was the only place in the United States named for Martha [Dandridge] Washington."

Full Flickr gallery here.

UPDATE: Welcome, InstaPundit readers, to my brand-new photoblog! I know there isn't a lot here now, but this site will be a prime focus of my blogging energies, now that I've shut down the Irish Trojan blog. [UPDATE: Stylesheet problems fixed. If you previously viewed the linked page when it was messed up, you may need to reload it, and possibly clear your browser's cache.]

Since I'm living in Knoxville, there will undoubtedly be a lot of East Tennessee photoblogging here. So, if you like that sort of thing, you may want to bookmark and check back occasionally.

In the mean time, you can already view my Flickr galleries of Springtime in Knoxville, Harriman Cruisin', the Porters Creek Trail in the Smokies, Super Tuesday in Knoxville, and various other photo sets. Enjoy!
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