Sunday, December 7, 2008

Carter Mansion

Maybe not a mansion by today's standards...but when it was built by John Carter and his son, Landon between 1775 and 1780, this was the only frame house in what would become the State of Tennessee. The house was built near the Watauga River on 640 acres bought from the Cherokee Indians. Eventually Carter County would be named in honor of Landon and the county seat of Elizabethton named in honor of Landon's wife, Elizabeth. The house today is in incredible shape with its original over-mantle paintings and detailed hand carvings and decorations throughout the home. It's open for tours during the summer months and on special occasions throughout the year. Click Here to visit the website. Pictured above is interpreter Chad Bogart posing in the snow. Below are some photos taken yesterday afternoon and evening at "Christmas at the Carter Mansion." The candlelit tour of the house featured costumed interpreters, Christmas music, crafts and refreshments. I loved the opportunity to talk with the volunteers, to hear their stories, and to take photos by candlelight!

Directions: The Carter Mansion is located on the Broad Street Extension, near the downtown area of Elizabethton, TN. Click here for a map.


  1. Thanks for the history lesson. Things that you can learn in neighboring towns on your blog. The pictures were great as always.

    Photo Jenni

  2. Wonderful slideshow! And what a great place to visit to see history in early TN interpreted. I'm so glad you shared this!



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