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Friday, November 18, 2016

Rain! Please! And the Oldest Stone Dam in Tennessee

We need rain so bad here in Eastern Tennessee! Everything is dry and brown. There's wildfires raging in seven of our southeastern states. North Carolina seems to be the worst. So many fires burning in the western mountains there, just the other side of the mountains where I live. Depending on the wind direction, somedays we have such a heavy haze you can't see the mountains for the smoke and you can smell the burning. There is a warning out for those with asthma and the like to stay indoors most days. Although as I write this we are pretty clear today.

There is a cold front coming in this weekend will drop our temps dramatically and bring a chance of a trace of rain. But sadly they are bringing winds too, 50 MPH gusts in some places! All these dry leaves dropping are making it hard on the firefighters.

We haven't had any fall color, just green leaves falling off and turning brown or leaves just drying up on the tree and falling off. The grass is brown, its so dusty.

We went camping for a couple of nights last week and came across the oldest stone dam in Tennessee (1780). I took some pictures. You can see from these that it is nothing but brown and the dam is bone dry. Even the waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains are bone dry, not a drop coming over them.


This bottom one has some of the remains of the old grist mill that was once here.

This dam is on the property of the Amis (pronounced amys) family. Thomas Amis settled here in 1780. He was one of the earliest settlers in the area. He built a home, a grist mill, a trading post. This was one of the final stops before settlers moved on out west. This land was originally North Carolina and then State of Franklin and then Tennessee. Great great grandchildren of his now own the property and have restored the house and it is open at Christmas for tours. On the spot where the old trading post stood is now a small eatery. You can read about Thomas Amis HERE.

There was also a Civil War battle took place here, Battle of Big Creek. THIS is a lovely little site about the battle if your interested.

Look what the dam looks like in when we have rain!

8 comments:

  1. I did not know you were having a lack of rain and wildfires in your part of the US. We haven't had enough rain to make any difference in a long time. And I know how wildfires can affect the air quality... even if you are not in the path of one. You have my sympathy.

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    1. I know you guys in California are either on fire or hillside sliding off from too much rain! The land of extremes.

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  2. That's awful, I hope you get some rain soon. Remember to put some water out for the birds - if you haven't already.

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    1. I do, Katrina. Have a metal 'dish' I sit out at the tree line at the back property line. They line up at it some days on the barbed wire fence.

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  3. I hope you soon get the refreshing rains you need, without gales.
    - Valerie.

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! It's Saturday morning now and as I'm writing this the rain has started coming down! Hope it lasts. Poor boss an just left for opening day of deer season though, he's going to get wet!

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  4. I'm sorry to learn today of the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It's dreadfully sad that there have been casualties. I hope all is well where you are.
    [Valerie]

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie. We are fine in Greeneville. We are about an hour from Gatlinburg. It has been horrific. It looks like a war zone in Gatlinburg. Our beautiful mountains are charred, but new growth will appear soon. The people will rebuild. It rained all day yesterday and the grass is turning green again already!

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