Friday, August 26, 2011
The Cumberland Homesteads
The stone and timber used in construction of houses, barns, and outbuildings were obtained locally. At the request of Eleanor Roosevelt, each house had indoor plumbing, which was uncommon in the rural area at the time. Running water was supplied from a 50,000 gallon tank housed in the tower shown above. Also, each house was wired for electricity in anticipation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which began supplying electricity in 1937.
Originally built to house administrative offices, as well as the water tank, the Homesteads Tower now serves as a museum for the National Register of Historic Places district. The Cumberland Homesteads are located 4 miles south of Crossville, Tennessee, near the Cumberland Mountain State Park.