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Aug 31, 2011 - 2/3 of the way home

Just a brief update. We got on the road this morning around 9AM. 479 miles, 8 hours of driving time, 9 1/2 hours of total time with two fuel stops brought us to one of our favorite campgrounds in Norris, TN. We're about 17 miles north of Knoxville, Tn and 1 mile from the Museum of Appalachia where we try to spend a weekend at the Mountain Homecoming every October. Tomorrow, we'll finish the trip and get downtown for a meeting of a CFO Networking Group I facilitate that is meeting in Buckhead Thursday night and Friday. The traveling weather...

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Oct 17, 2010 - A Visit Back In Time To Southern Appalachia

From Escapees Raccoon Valley RV Park – Heiskell, TN At the suggestion of his Grandfather Rice who had collected an interesting array of primitive items going back three to four generations relating to the lives of the “old people” of Southern Appalachia John Rice Irwin decided that he would follow the advice given him as a young man……“you ought to start a little museum of these old-timey things some time.” So it was in the early 1960’s because of his love for these kind, gentle, compassionate yet resourceful mountain folk of Southern...

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Home Sweet RV - 2010

Oct 7, 2010 - Museum of Appalachia Mountain Homecoming

We left Atlanta about 4PM on Thursday, getting out of town ahead of the worst of the evening traffic jam and had a relatively uneventful trip ~225 miles north to Norris, TN about 17 miles north of Knoxville. Norris, is the home of Alex Haley who wrote the Roots book. Across the street, a high school teacher named John Rice Irving created what I believe is the largest and most comprehensive living museum of Appalachian culture. Every year, the museum has a homecoming and we have attended most of the past 18 years. We never get tired of a...

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Oct 11, 2007 - Tennessee Mountain Homecoming

Our annual visit to the mountain homecoming in Norris, TN. Nice weather with highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s. The number of vendors is way down. We're told the museum went way up on vendor fees. Ed Addison did not make the fesival because he did not make enough knives over the winter. There has been virtually no foilage change due to the warm temperatures. Fall seems to be coming later every year. Saturday was another beautiful day with it almost getting too hot in the afternoon. Wayne McKinney, the campground owner did a...

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