I originally posted this on my old blog on October 16, 2009. Nikki Marasco has kindly let me post some of the pics she took of a house in Sevierville, TN. This house is known as Rose Glen. “At its height, Rose Glen was one of the largest and most lucrative farms in Sevier County…the plantation house and several outbuildings-including a physician’s office, loom house, and double-cantilever barn-have survived intact, and have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.”
Rose Glen was established in the late 1840s by Dr. Robert Hatton Hodsden (1806–1864), a Sevier County physician and politician who by 1860 had become one of the county’s wealthiest individuals. Hodsden was an attending physician for the Cherokee Removal (commonly called the Trail of Tears) in the late 1830s, and between 1841 and 1845, he represented Blount County in the Tennessee state legislature. Although he was a slave owner, Hodsden was staunchly pro-Union during the American Civil War, and was a member of the Sevier County delegation at the East Tennessee Unionist Convention in Greeneville in 1861. After his death, Hodsden’s descendants continued to manage Rose Glen well into the 20th century.