Jefferson City

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In 1788, Adam and Elizabeth Peck followed the Holston River from Virginia into east Tennessee and settled in what would become Mossy Creek. Utilizing the waterway, the Pecks' gristmill thrived within a growing community. The outbreak of the Civil War brought the Battle of Mossy Creek on December 29, 1863. During the next century, zinc mining, the establishment of Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary (now Carson-Newman University), and the town's inclusion as a stop on the new railroad ushered a steady flow of people to this picturesque region of promise. In 1901, Mossy Creek joined the Carsonville and Frame Addition communities to be incorporated as Jefferson City. The Tennessee Valley Authority began work in 1940 on nearby Cherokee Dam, generating both jobs and tourism.
ISBN: 9781467112604
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 225
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Images from Carson-Newman University's archives, private collections, and various businesses and city services tell the story of this historical, scenic town located at the feet of the Smoky Mountains. A lifelong resident of Jefferson City, Linda T. Gass worked at Carson-Newman University from 1973 until her retirement from cataloging in 2003, when she assumed the role of archives assistant. Albert L. Lang has served as special collections librarian and university archivist since 1996.
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