Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
From the Green Meadow

You can't live in Blountville and not know Harold Barr. An icon in Sullivan and a consummate genealogist, Harold is the "go-to" person for the history of Blountville, and for all of Sullivan County for that matter.


His most recent accomplishment is the publication of his family genealogy, an exhaustive study which weaves the branches of his family tree backward in time to Colonial days and beyond. His new book, From the Green Meadows, begins with his research on the lineages of his parents, Clarence W. Barr and Mellye Faust. In addition to the Barr and Faust families, his work defines the Anderson, Susong, Akard and other related families, many of whom reside in Sullivan County today. Diligently tracing each of his lineages to the earliest known progenitor, Mr. Barr subsequently chronicled several generations of descendants for each of the patriarchs. The book provides a unique perspective on twentieth-century American history. Containing autobiography, correspondence during wartime,  and a rich array of studies from the author's perspective, this volume is a unique offering for people connected to the Barr-Faust family, genealogists, and readers of memoir. 


From the Green Meadow is available at

From the Green Meadow
Sullivan County

About Harold Barr
Harold Barr of Blountville

A native of California, Harold Barr attended Blountville Elementary School and later Blountville High School where he graduated as salutatorian. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force where he attained the rank of sergeant. He earned a B.S. degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. After teaching two years at Blountville High School, he returned to Vanderbilt as a teaching fellow while working on his Ph.D.  He taught English and French at Blountville High School (later Central High School) from 1957 until early retirement in 1985. An accomplished musician, he studied piano and organ at Davidson College. In 1957, he became organist for the Blountville Presbyterian Church where he served as organist for 29 years. He enjoys local history and is an avid genealogist. He is married to the former Sara Akard, and they reside on the family farm at Barr Road in Blountville, Tennessee.  Today, Harold Barr is truly a well-loved and well-respected pillar of the Blountville community.

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