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Near Birchwood in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Joseph Roark Homestead

Circa 1833

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 16, 2020
1. Joseph Roark Homestead Marker
Inscription.  Joseph Roark and wife, Juda Ann Carr Roark, were among the original settlers of Cherokee lands of East Tennessee, moving into this area from Claiborne County in the early 1830's. This homestead, constructed with walls of split walnut logs and with chimneys of hand fired brick, was built circa 1833 and served as the principal dwelling of the Roark Family through four generations. As a major landowner in the area, by 1850 Joseph Roark owned and farmed over 1,000 acres surrounding the homestead. The original structure is being preserved and restored by Marleita Roark Carmichael and other children of William Groyer and Willie Myrtle Roark.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1833.
 
Location. 35° 18.953′ N, 85° 1.596′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Birchwood Pike (County Road 605) 0.1 miles north of Grasshopper Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13406 Birchwood Pike, Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the
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crow flies. Site of Salem Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conner Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hiwassee Campground (approx. 3.4 miles away); Dr. Luther Lee Friddell (approx. 3˝ miles away); This Venerable Oak Tree (approx. 6.1 miles away); Native Americans of the Hiwassee Area (approx. 6.2 miles away); Blythe Ferry (approx. 6.3 miles away); General Winfield Scott (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
 
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Joseph Roark Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 16, 2020
2. Joseph Roark Homestead Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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