oldest house in Polk County, TN, the nearly 200-year-old Pinhook
Plantation House has a varied and somewhat mysterious history. It is
believed to have been built In 1810 by the Alexander family who
settled Ashville, NC.
The Plantation was originally 641 acres, and the house itself was
built high on a hill overlooking the Hiwassee River where the river
makes a huge bend. It has been an inn to shelter farmers when they
brought their livestock and crops to a barge at the river just below
the house. There was a ballroom at one time, and a duel was fought
over a lady, during a ball. The original kitchen building
unfortunately, was torn down during remodeling decades ago. There is
one small original log building still on the property.
The House was occupied by both Confederate & and later Union Officers
during the Civil War. It was the perfect vantage point to see anything that moved along the river,
the pastures and Cherokee
Mountains for great distances. The views are still spectacular
the original four fireplaces now equipped with gas logs, were
uncovered during the current renovation, started in 2001. They are
constructed of are original hand-made brick. The original exterior
was constructed with the same brick, three layers thick.
Heart pine floors with square nails were uncovered when the old
carpet was removed, The winding stairway is constructed with both
round and square pegs. It's amazingly solid for its age. The front
doors are original, with iridescent glass above. The hardware to
hold the board to batten the doors is still in place.
Imagine all the history, from day-to-day happenings like building a
fire in the fireplace, to celebrations like weddings, which makes
the Pinhook Plantation House a charming place to visit.
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