As you drive down many roads in Hancock County, you will begin to notice colorful painted quilt patterns on barns, buildings and historic structures. The Appalachian Quilt Trail is the network of these hand painted blocks that runs across the state of Tennessee. Over 30 quilt blocks can be seen in Hancock County alone, leading visitors to quiet scenery, downtown businesses, century farms and historic barns that have been in Hancock County families for generations. Quilt blocks are painted by students, artists, volunteers and AmeriCorps members. For more information about the AQT and its history and stops, visit www.vacationaqt.com
Elrod Falls consists of three cascading falls of more than 100 feet, making it one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in East Tennessee.
You can swim in the pools at the base of the falls, hike one of the surrounding trails or bring along a picnic lunch while surrounded by the lush beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.
Old County Jail ( Sneedville/Hancock County's Welcome Center)
The Old Jail was built in Sneedville in 1860 and housed prisoners until 1995 when the Federal Prison was built.
The Hancock County Tennessee Historical and Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization, located in the Old County Jail on Jail Street in Sneedville Tennessee. Website
Old Jail before restoration
Old Jail after restoration
Mahalia Mullins Cabin
Over Newman's Ridge is Vardy. Located in Vardy is the Vardy Church, built in 1899 and recently renovated. Across the road is the Mahalia Mullins cabin which has a rich history of the Melungeons that settled this area in the late 1700's. Vardy is located north on Hwy. 63, over Newman's Ridge, then turn right on Blackwater Rd.
Just 20 minutes outside of Sneedville in the town of Kyles Ford, you will find River Place on the Clinch, nestled at the corner of Highways 33 and 70 on the Clinch River. The main building is a historic general store that served the citizens of Hancock County from the 1940s to the 1980s and was renovated and reopened in 2008 by the Clinch-Powell RC&D Council. River Place combines history, the Appalachian traditions of home cooking and local music, and the natural recreation opportunities of the region to create a comprehensive rural East Tennessee experience. River Place offers a market, stocked with groceries and other necessities as well as gifts and home made crafts, and the café serves home cooked food all day long. In addition to the market and café, River Place has cabins and a retreat center for rent, canoes and rafts to float the river, and live music every weekend in the summer and most weekends throughout the year. For more information call 877-483-7211 or visit www.clinchriverecotourism.com