The Kimbrough Home
From: The Harriman Record, Thursday, 22 Feb 1923, Vol. 57, No. 25.
Fire Destroys Historic Home. Old KIMBROUGH Home. Old KIMBROUGH Home Near Rockwood Razed. Was Headquarters of Gen. MORGAN; Housed Many Notables for Nearly 60 Years. The following account of the destruction of the famous old KIMBROUGH home, which was supplied the Chattanooga Times by their Rockwood correspondent, will be read with interest by all Roane countians: Monday afternoon shortly after the noon hour, the historic old KIMBROUGH residence on the Dixie highway, about two miles from Rockwood, was destroyed by fire. The original homestead on the same site was built by Joseph KIMBROUGH in the year 1810 and was used as a stagge (sic) tavern, being located on the old stage coach line between North Carolina and Nashville. Joseph KIMBROUGH married a Miss HAZEN, who was a first cousin to the M0RGAN family, of Kingston, who were to write their name on the history of the South. Of the four sons, first cousins of Mrs. KIMBROUGH, one was the father of Senator John MORGAN, of Alabama; the second married the daughter of an Indian chief, "June Riley," and he commanded a regiment of Cherokee Indians who served under General Jackson in the battle of Horseshoe Bend; their third son went to Kentucky and was the father of the noted Confederate raider, John MORGAN, who was killed at Greeneville; the fourth was the father of the man who superintended the construction of the state capitol building in Nashville. [Several words illegible] was built in 1854 after the old home was destroyed by [fi]re, which was set by a crazy woman. During the Civil War it was used as headquarters for General John MORGAN, while he was camping in this vicinity. General FORREST also stayed at the old home two days while camped here. It was further connected with history, being used as a rendezvous for the famous Champ FERGERSON when this noted Confederate captured the regimental horses while the regiment was camped at Post Oak Springs. The old KIMBROUGH tavern was also used as a postoffice, being called "bells."