From the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden to numerous beautiful rivers and lakes, Carter County, Tennessee offers breathtaking landscapes and is rich in early American history. For instance did you know that the first documentation of visitors to this area dates all the way back to 1673? Or that the agreement for the Transylvania Purchase was signed in Elizabethton back in 1775? There was even a time when this area was part of North Carolina and another time when it was part of the “State of Franklin”. Even the fact that Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State is the result of freedom fighters that were mostly from this area. This site has been developed to allow you to explore the heritage and history of the area now known as Carter County, TN. Find facts that you never knew about the town you grew up in. View a timeline of important events leading up to today. Enjoy photos of downtown Elizabethton as it was almost a century ago. Learn why it was once predicted that Elizabethton would have 150,000 residents by the year 1950 and find out why that did not happen. Explore the history of local industry and railroads. See photos and videos of current and nearly forgotten former landmarks. Hear sounds that once echoed through our area. After searching the pages of this site, you will better understand why the local residents call this one of the most beautiful places on earth. We hope that you enjoy your experience and visit often. Please provide feedback to help us make your visit more enjoyable.
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