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Host of Christmas Past | Tennessee Crossroads

Host of Christmas Past | Tennessee Crossroads

Tammi Arender travels to Lincoln County and the 20th Annual "Host of Christmas Past" festival in Fayetteville. Visit www.tennesseecrossroads.org for more information about this story and how your contributions to Nashville Public Television will keep this show on the air.

Crossroads To Destiny

Camp Blount, Lincoln County, Tennessee-1813

Heritage is preserved and cherished in Lincoln County. Long hunters hunted here as early as 1784, and North Carolina land grants date as early as 1790. Before the first cabins in 1806, there was an Indian village on the Elk River. It is believed that Spanish explorer DeSoto camped at this village, near the county seat of Fayetteville, during the winter of 1540.

Lincoln County was established in 1809 with an effective date of 1810, the same year North Carolina settlers, coming over the mountains from a town of the same name, founded Fayetteville. Always compelled to move west, frontiersman and statesman Davy Crockett lived in Lincoln County in the vicinity of Mulberry in 1809-10.

The Tennessee Militia encamped in Fayetteville in 1813, near four ancient oak trees (still growing today), before fighting the Creeks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Among the troops under the command of Major General Andrew Jackson, were Tennessee leaders, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. Fayetteville physician Charles McKinney was also a witness of these events.

War swept through the county again in 1861-1864 as the War Between the States raged across Tennessee. As with other Tennessee volunteers, Lincoln County also sent many soldiers to fight in World War I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. One of the county’s most famous modern military leaders is former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Frank Kelso.

Today, Lincoln County is a rare blend of historic and modern prosperity. Visitors can expect a warm welcome at many scenic and historic attractions. Enjoy our wealth of celebrations, interesting shops, unique restaurants and modern accommodations.

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