Bean Station, TN

Bean Station? Did that sign we just passed say Bean Station? Stop the car! Please, STOP the car!

My father-in-law is 83 years old and I have picked his brain for 24 years about his ancestral roots. I’ve heard the story of how he was born in a little hollow up a gap in Bean Station, TN. I’ve heard how the original homestead was covered over with water when the Tennessee Valley Authority came in and built a dam flooding the whole Cumberland Gap area.

Digging a little further into the history of this beautiful area, thanks to all the historical markers around the area, I discovered a little more history that I can pass on to the father-in-law.
Have you guys figured out how much I love history?

Bean Station was one of Tennessee’s earliest settlement. The valley you see in the picture was a warpath for the Cherokees, led Daniel Boone to Cumberland Gap and was traveled by Davy Crockett. Bean Fort once stood here and was built by William Bean, the first permanent white settler in Tennessee. In front of the fort stood Bean Station Tavern, the largest tavern between Washington D.C. and New Orleans. The tavern housed President Polk, Johnson and Jackson. During the Civil War, the Battle of Bean Station was fought around the tavern. My father-in-law was the only son of an only son. My husband is his only son. Since I only birthed two daughters the Wilder name will now die with my husband. I find it bittersweet that our daughter will be settling in this area. The oldest known ancestor was from Bean Station and now the youngest generation comes back to the area. I know…..I’m nostalgic and old-fashioned. DH and DD were not nearly as nostalgic, in fact, it was all I could do just to get them to get out of the car for this photograph!

This is the last of my traveling posts. I came down with a nasty bug and slept my way through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Thanks for traveling along with me!

7 Comments on “Bean Station, TN

  1. Congratulations on both of your graduates. You must really be proud to have “produced” two very smart talented women. But I must sympathize with you on the living out of state stuff on their own independently – mine all do that too. I am so proud of them but sometimes I wish they all lived across the street. I work with people who have never left their parents’ property and sometimes I am envious. It’s a good thing we have knitting and the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The views look beautiful! May everything go well with your daughter’s new job.

  3. What a great story! I’m glad you made it back safely. And I must say, you slept through the right states!!!

  4. Beautiful photos!

    I so hear you about the family name dying out. When my brother died, he ended the line as the only son of an only son. Since my ex had four boys, I changed my two boys to carry on my family name. (I asked first.) So far there is only one more boy to carry it on down. I fear it will not go far.

  5. Oh I am so sorry about the family name. I am the last of my maiden name so all my children have 4 names ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn;t about to let it die!

    I know you do genealogy too. If you even need anything in the way of census records, please let me know. I have a subscription to the census records on

    And if you ever need a sounding board about your research, let me know. I know I talk my husbands ear off about his family history and my brickwalls, but he isn;t much help at suggesting a new research route!

    I really hope you are feeling better!

    Oh and Bean Station is such a great name. It’s only one letter off from my maiden name ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. poor you and the nasty bug ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    i love the photo of the valley!

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