Showing posts from March, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is held every year on March 17th. It is to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It originally started as a religious feast, but is now a holiday full of celebration and tradition around the world. Check out this post for a traditional recipe, fun around our town, and fun facts. 
Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage may just be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Fix this recipe, the family is sure to love. 

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hoursYIELD:10 servings
1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bay leaves
3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup horseradish
MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
1 cup (8…

Historic Places: Elkmont

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont is definitely a treasure to find. What appears to be a "Ghost Town" actually started as an Appalachian Club vacation community. 

The land was once owned by Little River Lumber Company and in 1910, they started selling off the land in order to create an elite private social club. Later the Wonderland Hotel was purchased and the Wonderland Club was created. This area quickly became a favorite vacation spot among wealthy East TN families. Elkmont became the home for the birth of the National Park. 

In 1926, Colonel Wilson B. Townesend, the owner of Little River Lumber Company, sold the 76,000 acres so that it could be turned into the national park. While most people in park boundaries were forced to sell their land and relocate, those in the Elkmont area were able to sell their cottages at half the price in exchange for lifetime leases. Most of the leases expired in 1992 and the final two expired in 2001. 

Much debate …