I’ve recently started a bibliography page for Blount County resources. Look for the tab at the top of the screen that says “Bibliography.” You can access it here.
While the list is currently short, I will remain on the lookout for items to add to it. If you have any suggestions, let me know! One of the books on the list is particularly interesting to me, it is the book by Dean Stone, formerly of the newspaper, the Daily Times – Snapshots of Blount County History and the Calderwood Story. It is a visually engaging book with lots of photographs and illustrations and tells stories from Blount County history. In my quick perusal of it while on a trip to the state archives, I felt I had quick glimpse into many of the unique aspects of county history.
One of the stories most interesting to me was that of Polly Toole, a former slave of James M. Toole of Blount County that saved records from the burning courthouse after it was set afire in a strategic move by the Confederate army that went awry. So, Polly saved several minute books, estate books, deed boxes and more and moved them to a hiding place. The article in the book talks more about the creation of a statue to honor her. You can see the statue here.
Very cool book.