Tag Archives: Crossville TN

Indoor privies for country people at Cumberland Homesteads

Today, it’s Tennessee’s largest historic district, at approximately 11,400 acres. During the Great Depression, the Cumberland Homesteads community came into being as part of a nationwide New Deal agrarian movement to create subsistence farm communities to aid out-of-work, rural residents. President Franklin Roosevelt assigned the homesteads project to Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes. […]

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The tree rooted at both ends – Believe it or Not!

Two photographs show the bent hickory tree that is rooted at both ends. One includes the mess hall in the background and two shirtless C.C.C. workers sitting upon the tree. Included with these photographs is a letter and envelope from Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which states that this item will be depicted in the […]

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