Pall Mall, TN
Tennessee Crossroads visits the home of Tennessee war hero Sgt. Alvin C. York, a WWI most decorated soldier to which he lived from 1920 until his death in 1964. All items are original, all belonged to Sgt. York, including his grist mill and gravesite. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Area in Pall Mall, TN.
Pall Mall, TN
Owner Joe Sells grew up nearby Pall Mall, TN and always wanted to open a general store, discussed it with his wife and children, tried to be a general store for a few years but did not work financially. So, he noticed a lot of tourists and he did not have anything for them to buy. And that's when a light went off in his head to make and sell fudge. It worked! He's living his dream, and Pig, well it's just something the folks there do to pass the time. They take it seriously, gives locals a place to "hang out", whittle on the front porch in summer, sit by fire in winter and play cards. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Forbus General Store.
Right in the middle of downtown Humbolt, TN there's a restored old building that holds the history of one of the state's sweetest little treasures. And, while it may be small, the strawberry has had a huge impact on Tennessee's economy. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the Humboldt Strawberry Museum.
We first visited Simon Jackson back in 1992. The rural Fayette County, TN artist showed his talent for recreating barns, homesteads and other buildings. On our follow-up visit, more than 20 years later, we discovered that Simon is on a new creative mission. He's replicating miniature military rifles from America's war history. It's a fascinating story of a humble, yet extremely-talented artist who loves new "small" challenges Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Simon Jackson - Miniature Artist.
Early in 2014, Crossroads aired a special called "Riding the Rails." The show is all about railroad culture in Tennessee and features our visit with a group called the MN Steamers. Recently we made a return trip to the Columbia, TN park where club member engineers were sharing the joy of riding the rails, in a small way. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Mid-South Live Steamers.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Mention Pigeon Forge, TN, and many people will think of Dollywood, or outlet malls or amusement parks. But, the town has a history that goes back farther than tourism, and if you know where to find it, you can experience it and even take some of it home. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the Old Mill Square.
Sometimes the most wonderful food can be found tucked away in small towns, with chefs who have no culinary degree but a passion for making people smile with their food. Tennessee Crossroads discovered one such place in Gallatin, TN, called the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cafe. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
It's a trip back in time for NPT's Tennessee Crossroads as we join a group of photojournalism students from the University of Tennessee and revisit the experience of documenting life in one small Tennessee town. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
One of the best kept secrets in the state is recognized as one of the Best Little Arts Towns in Tennessee. And don't let it fool you, Woodbury, TN may be small in population, but it's big on Arts. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the Arts Center of Cannon County.
Silver Point, TN
Lots of folks change jobs and even careers during their lives and most of the times the changes aren't to dramatic. Tennessee Crossroads met a man in Silver Point, TN who went from a small machine shop tool and die maker to a whole new world of painting. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Bill Herren Murals.
There was a time when the general store was the center of every community, particularly in small towns or in the country. You'd go to the general store to get everything from blue jeans to parts for your plow to a hot meal. Most of those places have given way to chains and big-box stores, but Tennessee Crossroads visited a restaurant that started life as a general store and still has the feel of one called Campbell Station Country Store in Culleoka, TN.