Saturday, November 10, 2007

the Indian Mound

This local marker is located a few miles east of Rose Hill on "Old Highway 58" (now the "Dr. Thomas Walker" Road). The information below was prepared by a local resident, Alan Crockett.

"Indians were living in the Rose Hill area since the time of the earliest Indians, called the Paleoindians. Evidence of their presence here is a rare type of projectile point called a Clovis point. Clovis points have been found in nearby Ewing and Clovis points have reportedly been found in the eastern section of the Rose Hill district.

Indian continued to travel through and hunt here up into colonial times. Southwestern Virginia and Lee County have been called a “Cultural Crossroads: by C.G. Holland, of the University of Virginia. He coined the term because of the many Indian tribes that have traveled through our area and the Cumberland Gap.

Not all Indian groups traveled through western Lee County without staying. One group did build permanent structures and became residents. The Ely Mound is a well-known example. This mound, the best preserved mound in Virginia, is a special type of mound called a “temple mound”. It is the only temple mound known in the entire state of Virginia. The Ely Mound was excavated in 1877 by Harvard University/Peabody Museum. Unfortunately, the mound caved-in, killing one person and crippling another one. The Rose-Robinson Mound is another notable mound in Lee County. "

Thank you for the wonderful write-up, Mr. Crockett! I think Mr. Crockett might write-up some more such interesting information for us, if a few folks post comments on this blog entry, saying that they'd like to read more about Rose Hill's Native American history.

You can see the Ely Mound from the four-lane. A local resident pointed it out to me. It looks like an unusual little hill. I reckon that "little hill" has been there for a long while now...

What is a "Clovis Point"?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wonderful Rose Hill heritage event & books!

Here's a copy of an email I received today, maybe through the Lee County Chamber of Commerce or the library or whoever (below)...

If you can't make it to the event on Saturday... you can always buy a book or two...

Hello,My name is Joe Tennis. I am the author of a new book featuring LEE COUNTY called "Beach to Bluegrass." It's a collection of photos and stories along U.S. Highway 58, the longest road in Virginia.

In this week's edition of the POWELL VALLEY NEWS, you will find a few paragraphs about my book and my upcoming visit to the Lee County Public Library on Saturday in PENNINGTON GAP on Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m.

I would like to invite you to visit me at the library.This is my first booksigning/lecture event in Lee County for this book. I will be signing copies during that time and speaking, as well, about the project and reading chapters pertaining to Lee County concerning the death of Daniel Boone's son; Joseph Martin's connections to Martin's Station; the Ely Mound cave-in near Ewing; and the Civil War Battle at Jonesville.

"Beach to Bluegrass" also profiles stories ofAdolph Coors' ghost at a hotel at Virginia Beach; how a UFO was seen at South Hill; why Eleanor Roosevelt's father's drinking problems caused so much trouble in Abingdon; the "lost" lake on the New River; and how the Natural Tunnel keeps getting mixed up with the Natural Bridge. My point to "Beach to Bluegrass" is to display the diversity of U.S. 58 - the longest road in Virginia - and share stories about the people and places along the route at Clarksville, Damascus, Mount Rogers, Bristol, Norfolk, Stickleyville and the Great Dismal Swamp. Much of this highway, in Southwest Virginia, is now called "The Crooked Road." I will have advance copies of the book available at the signing. The cost of each is $18.I will also have copies of my previous book featuring Lee County, "Southwest Virginia Crossroads," which is an illustrated history and guide detailing waterfalls, parks and lakes plus stories on how 750 places took their names - from Lee County to Floyd County, including Frog Level, Caylor, Stone Face Rock and Goose Pimple Junction. That book is $26. Also, I am signing copies of my recent ghost story collection, published by Backyard Books in Johnson City. That book, "The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia," features stories from Honaker, Wise, St. Paul, Big Stone Gap, Johnson City and Abingdon. It is $7. If you are unable to make it but are interested in learning more about any of these books, please visit or Barnes and, or call the publisher directly at (800) 992-2691. All of the books - including "Beach to Bluegrass" (after Nov. 20) - are available at Waldenbooks in the Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport; Barnes and Noble in Johnson City; or B. Dalton Booksellers in Bristol. "Southwest Virginia Crossroads" and "The Marble" are also both stocked at the June Tolliver House in Big Stone Gap and the Mountain Empire Community College bookstore in Big Stone Gap.

Thank you for reading this. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Bristol VA"
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