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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Henry Earnest Fort House - Chuckey, TN

Henry Earnest Fort House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Mauris-Earnest Fort House. This house is located just south of Chuckey, TN in Greene County, TN along Chuckey Pike.

The house was built ca. 1784 and is one of the oldest houses in Tennessee. It was built as a fort back when defending Cherokee threats were important. The house is on the banks of the Nolichuckey River and the surrounding farmland is now its own entry on the National Register, listed as the Earnest Farms National Historic District, and is the oldest single-family operated farm in the state. This house also reflects German log contruction traditions brought to America by the Earnest family.

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