For over 70 years the earlier citizens of the present Hamblen County had to cross the Holston River or travel out the Dandridge Pike to do formal business at the Grainger, Hawkins or Jefferson County courthouses. With the formation of Hamblen County in 1870 those arduous trips would no longer be necessary.

With the Dandridge route now mostly known as Valley Home Road, the travel down the peaceful valley is often made up of more local folks, while neat farms and homes line both sides of the road. A good deal of that appearance comes from the long time local tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. In our current time, it’s not hard to find other neighborhoods where folks don’t know the neighbors four doors down from their homes.

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