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The Miller House was built in 1909 and is now preserved by the State of Tennessee as a reminder of and to show what life was like and the way folks used to live in the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the last century. A barn, corn crib, hog pen, root cellar, smoke house, chicken house, spring house and, of course, an outhouse surround the old frame house. During the summer months, local musicians, storytellers and demonstrators of traditional folkways visit the house on Saturday afternoons to share their talents. October’s autumn colors make a trip up to the house a treat. Every November the house gets decked out in holiday finery for the Old Time Christmas at the Homestead. Hot cider and snacks are served and live music fills the house.
The land was farmed by three generations of Millers from the late 1800s on into the 1960s — with the home you see above built in 1909 by Nathaniel Miller. Near the visitor parking area is a short, gravel road that leads to the family cemetery.
A sign at the homestead tells their story:
Three generations of Millers carved a home and a living out of this rocky mountain soil. Mountain farmers were compelled to be tough, strong, practical, and innovative. They were bound to one another by the bounds of family, hard work and faith. … This farmstead is preserved as a testament to the grit and courage possessed by the people who farmed the ridges and valleys of the southern Appalachians.
The homestead is open for tours Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and weekends in October. Old Time Christmas is being celebrated on November 8th this year at the old homestead.
Directions: Take Route 19E to the town of Roan Mountain, turn onto Route 143 and travel 12.8 miles to the TN/NC state line (Carver’s Gap). On your way up the mountain, you’ll pass by the Dave Miller Homestead and the Roan Mountain State Park.
Contact Sue Boyle for exciting information regarding this Beautiful Area of East Tennessee.