Saturday, May 15, 2010
Part I - Kyles Ford, Hancock Co., Tennessee: Home of my Wallen ancestors, photos I love!
Kyles Ford is located at the base of Clinch Mountain along the Upper Clinch River approximately two miles from the Tennessee/Virginia border on Highway 70, which is also known as the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine", an auto trail from Detroit to Florida. The 1908 novel by John Fox, Jr. was named for this Trail and was a romance novel based on the struggles of the Applachian mountain folk.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine begins at the
state line in the valley formed by Blackwater Creek. It follows that creek past Blackwater, but soon leaves it to ascend Tennessee , which it crosses at Hunter Gap. The Trail then comes down off that mountain and rises once again, crossing Wallen Ridge before descending again and crossing the Powell Mountain Powell River on . From there it heads north across a relatively flat area, ending at U. S. Route 58 in the eastern part of Jonesville. Sewell Bridge
In 1998 my husband Mike and daughter Hallie and I took nearly two weeks to explore parts of
Tennessee, Kentucky and . Kyles Ford was our first main stop and where my Wallen roots run deep. My father's family lived there for several generations. Our Revolutionary War ancestor was born there in 1760 when it was still a part of the state of Indiana . In 1852 Dad's great, great grandfather finally packed his family up and left for North Carolina and most of the family ended up settling there for a time. Kentucky
These are just a few photos of why I love Kyles Ford. They were taken in and around the area as we blindly followed every little road back into the hills, much of the time singing the little commercial advertisement "Like a Rock!" referring to our fairly new Chevy Astro Van that got us out of every sticky situation and took us over rocky paths and steep inclines.
I love these old buildings. I hope some still remain. It's been a dozen years and I'm afraid a few may be gone now. Do click on the pictures to enlarge them!
To be continued.....