Sullivan County Department
of Archives and Tourism
1 July 2015
July 4 Festivities to Include Storytelling

Historic Blountville, Tennessee

Historic Blountville Knows How to Celebrate!


The Blountville Ruritan Annual Independence Day Parade is set for 2 PM on July 4, 2015, in downtown Blountville, and the Old Deery Inn will throw open its doors for tours beginning at 11:30 AM!  What more could you ask for?  Well, how about some old-time storytelling by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff at the historic Anderson Townhouse?

That's right! Beginning at 10:30 AM, Dr. Acuff will present a story-telling session for children, followed by a session for adults at 11:30 AM. Stories will include "The Black Rose", along with the patriotic tale of John Isaac Cox and the Battle of Blountville.

Born in Bristol, VA, Dr. Acuff graduated from Appalachia High School, and later earned her Masters Degree from U.T. and her doctorate from Ohio State University. Dr. Acuff taught school at Bristol and Knoxville, and later taught at ETSU for approximately 30 years where she founded the Early Childhood Program and Child Study Center.  Dr. Acuff has completed a book on folklore of Northeast TN and Southwest VA. More recently, she has recently begun a series of depression and wartime stories of Southwest VA for the Big Stone Gap Post.


The storytelling event is set to run concurrent with other Independence Day celebrations set for Historic Blountville on July 4. Sure to be lots of fun!

About Us
The mission of the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism is to preserve our history, share our heritage, and to promote regional tourism by showcasing our area's richest history and finest attractions, both old and new. Contact us at or 423.323.4660. For additional upcoming events, please visit our Regional Calendar.