Claiborne County

Claiborne County was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1801.

Cultural Sites

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Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail - Multiple Counties in TN

The Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail is part of a commitment to preserve the historical craft of traditional quilting. By following the maps you will see not only the beautiful and historic barns owned by local farm families but gorgeous quilt squares displayed on businesses and homes in the various communities. Quilt squares range from 2’x2’ to 8’x8’ wood squares. The blocks are replicas of treasured family heirlooms. In painting their favorite patterns on barns, businesses and homes, we are honoring local quilters who are well known for their skills of using every piece of scrap fabric to create a beautiful work of art that is also a useful item in the home.

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Mountain Hollow Farm - Tazewell, TN

Mountain Hollow Farm is a cashmere goat farm that also raises angora rabbits, sheep, llamas, chickens, dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. Our unique country store features yarn, fine handcrafts, loose leaf tea, Raven's Brew coffee, gourmet food mixes and goat’s milk soap. The farm offers tours; birthday parties; and knitting, crochet & spinning lessons are available.

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Little Congress Bicycle Museum - Cumberland Gap, TN

The museum was Established June 18th 2003 and is located in famous Cumberland Gap, TN, where the borders of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia come together. Forty-one years of collecting unique bicycles that reflect style, engineering, and an American way of life; Judge R.E. McClanahan II has put together one of the finest selections of bikes in the world. The Museum is a monument to a machine that has influenced our country in everything from motorized flight to women’s rights. We invite people of all ages and walks of life to come to Cumberland Gap, TN and experience a piece of American and World history.

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White Lightning Trail Festival - Cumberland Gap, TN

From the Civil War to modern day America, The White Lightning Trail Festival will tell the story of those rugged, self-reliant people that made this area the topic of movies and gave birth to one of America’s fastest growing sports – stock car racing. The White Lightning Trail, which begins in Knoxville, TN travels through eight other counties including Anderson, Union, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Hamblen and Cocke. These communities share a rich heritage that will be on display in the form of demonstrations, food, antique cars, craft vendors, games, bike run and a variety of music. Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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Battle for Cumberland Gap Reenactment - Cumberland Gap, TN

The Town of Cumberland Gap invites you to the annual “ Gap Divided,” an authentic War Between the States living history and reenactment. Visitors will be able to see battles close up as well as infantry, calvary and artillery demonstrations. There will be opportunities to visit authentic Civil War encampments, and eight stations presenting civil war talks and demonstrations on equipment and different branches of the army. The ladies will have a Period Tea and Fashion Show. Sunday is an abbreviated day with period church services and other Civil War activities before the soldiers start moving out at 4 PM.

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Hensley Settlement - Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Hensley Settlement is an Appalachian living history museum on Brush Mountain, Bell County, Kentucky. The settlement is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. It is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of the park visitor center on Ridge Trail, and contains twelve homestead log cabins, a one-room school house, and a blacksmith shop. A restored spring house on the property was used by the settlement as food storage. The settlement was established by in-laws Sherman Hensley and Willy Gibbons, and most inhabitants belonged to either the Hensley or Gibbons family. The last resident was Sherman Hensley, who left in 1951. The school and some forty-five settlement structures and the agriculture environment were restored to their original state in the 1960s by the Job Corps.