Bean Station, Grainger County Real Estate

A Brief Overview of Bean Station, Grainger County

Bean Station, Tennessee is the famous location of the Battle of Bean Station and the historical crossroad of the Kentucky Road and New Orleans-to-Washington Road. The city is located on the eastern end of the county near Morristown, and is presently Grainger's most populated community. Although the city gets its name from early resident and pioneer, William Bean, residents have a sense of humor — at the October Harvest Pride Days festival, officials plan to cook the world's largest pot of beans, setting a Guinness world record. The city was founded in 1776 and incorporated in 1996, driven by a growing demand for municipal utilities. Meanwhile, the city has expanded in population and size. District 3 Congressman, Zachary Wamp predicted the county will grow in toward the middle.

Bean Station Local Business & Government


Hospitals/Medical Centers Near Bean Station

Bean Station Schools & Libraries

Bean Station Public Library (Nolichucky Region)
Phone 865-993-3068 Fax 865-993-3068

Physical Address: 895 Broadway Drive Bean Station, TN 37708-0100
Director: Ada Rhea, Director

Hours: M-F 9:00 - 5:00 (Closed daily from 12:30 - 1:30)

Bean Station Churches

  • Adriel Baptist Church 215 Adriel Drive Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-4264
  • Barnards Grove Baptist Church 405 Broadway Drive Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-4934
  • Bean Station Church of God 171 Bylo Road Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-3599
  • Bean Station First Baptist Church RR 1 Bean Station, TN 37708 865-767-3236
  • Central United Methodist Church 994 Main Street Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-3363
  • First Baptist Church of Morristown, Prophet's Chamber Harrell Park Road Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-0300
  • First Baptist Church of Morristown, Harrell Park Harrell Park Road Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-3145
  • First Independent Freewell Baptist Church Highway 25 East Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-0707
  • Noeton Missionary Baptist 359 Newman Hollow Road Bean Station, TN 37708 865-993-4083

Bean Station History

Civil War

The famous Battle of Bean Station occurred in 1863 in the very location where the Bean Station Tavern and Mineral Springs Hotel once stood.

Bean Station Historical Marker, Veteran's Outlook, 25e

Ritter Farms hosts a civil war reenactment of this battle at their farm in Rutledge every spring. [See Things to Do in Grainger Co.]

The Tennessee Historical Commission has erected this historical marker [photo, right] in Bean Station at the top of 25e at what is now called Veterans' Outlook.

Read more Bean Station History at the City of Bean Station website. An excerpt from a 2007 Bean Station press release related to the October 20-21, 2007 Bean Station Harvest Pride Days Festival:

"The City of Bean Station was not actually named for legumes, but rather two brothers, Robert Bean and William Bean II, who established the first permanent settlement in the area in 1776. The Beans were captains in the Revolutionary War, and were granted 3,000 acres of land along German Creek for their services when the still wild and largely unexplored territory was part of North Carolina. Later, a fort was constructed at the intersection of the Kentucky Road and the Cherokee's Great War Path to protect settlers from attacks by Indians. The two paths quickly turned into major roads for frontiersmen heading west, and travelers heading north and south, and the intersection soon attracted many merchants and businessmen.

By the early 1800s, three taverns and inns had been licensed to operate at Bean's Station. The most notable was a two-story log tavern built between 1811 and 1814. As the community continued to grow, so did the tavern. In 1825, a 40-room addition was built, bringing the total number of rooms to 52. With a spacious parlor and ballroom, and extensive wine cellar, Bean's Station Tavern was the largest inn between Washington, D.C. and New Orleans and was, for a short time, one of the most well known places in Tennessee.

Among the famous Americans who passed through Bean's Station were Davy Crockett, Henry Clay, Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson, and James Polk.

In 1863, during the Civil War, Bean's Station was the scene of a fierce battle between Union and Confederate forces. Both sides suffered heavy casualties."

Grainger County Early Migration Routes

Early Migration

Migrating herds of bison seeking salt licks to the north beat a worn path though the wilderness, a path that was long traveled by Indians for hunting, trade, and warpath. This route later became the "Wilderness Road" in Daniel Boone's day. The pass through the northern valleys and onward toward Cumberland Gap was the early settlement route. Later, what is today Hwy 11w became a southern branch of the Wilderness Road to Kentucky, converging with the Great Wagon Trail heading west. It was soon the "Kentucky Road" and later dubbed "Dixie Highway." This intersection led to the formation of Bean Station, one of Grainger County's largest and newest cities. It broke north through the mountains along the route of what is now Old Highway 25e. The route passed through Clinch Mountain at "Bean's Gap". Later, it continued westward from Bean Station toward White's Fort (Knoxville) and intersected with the Emery Road at Blains Crossroads (present-day Blaine). The Emery Road veered upwards, skirting Knoxville and moved on to Nashville. Later, Hwy 11w was connected from Knoxville to Nashville. This route was, at various times, called the "Emery Road" and also "Avery's Trace" and today, Emory Road.

Tennessee and Kentucky had no permanent Indian settlements when the emigrants arrived. According to Cherokee, Chief Little Corn Planter it had remained unsettled for around 150 years; ever since the Cherokee and and Chickasaw Indians killed most of the indigenous Shawnee and drove the rest out. After the Shawnee vacated, it was treated as a shared hunting ground and place to settle disputes between rival tribes. The Great Trading Path (also called the Great Warrior's Path) ran from Chattanooga, through Jefferson County, and crossed the Holston near Rogersville before following the route shared by the Great Wagon Trail northward. The area containing Grainger County was officially off-limits for some time by royal decree. Even after the American Revolution, the area was slow to settle due to attacks by roving bands of angry Shawnee who lost land in the Treaty of Fort Stanwix. The actual boundary of the territory was determined by Hawkins and Pickens in 1797. The county formed in 1796 from parts of Hawkins and Knox Counties. At various times, Grainger County included parts of Campbell, Claiborne, Hamblen, and Union Counties. Washburn was originally the county seat. Rutledge became the permanent county seat in 1801.

Turn of the Century Resorts

During the Victorian era and early 1900s, the tourism industry reached its height in the Appalachian Mountains...before the Great Depression. Wealthy industrial tycoons once flocked to the region for the mountain resorts, scenery, to hike the mountains, to hunt wild game, and boat and fish along the Clinch and Holston rivers. Resorts and sanitariums were built around mineral springs, which were thought, at the time, to offer homeopathic miracle cures for a wide variety of ailments. Resorts served as package-vacation destinations that were especially attractive at the time since people got around on foot or by horse and buggy and occasionally by boat or train. As it was, the nearest train stop was in Washburn on the other side of the mountain. Automobiles such as the Model-T were still a highly rare commodity and gas stations were uncommon. In the early 1900s, a popular passenger train route led from the top of White Top Mountain in Grayson County, VA to Abington, VA near the border of North Carolina. From there, the Kentucky Road led a straight shot west to Bean Station, the location of the area's most successful resort and exporter of mineral water, Tate Springs. Several other resorts popped up in Tennessee around this time. The nearest was Mineral Hill Springs Hotel and Sanitarium a few miles down the road nearer to Bean Station Tavern. Both the Mineral Hill Springs Hotel and the Bean Station Tavern were razed by Tennessee Valley Authority around 1930 to make way for the Cherokee Dam and Reservoir and today, those locations, along with the original Lee Highway/Kentucky Road crossroad are under water for most of the year.

Although the Tate Springs Hotel is no longer in existence, the bathhouse of the hotel now houses Kingswood Academy and has become a nationally recognized historical location. A large, Victorian gazebo also still remains. A modernized replica of Tate Springs Resort is in development along Cherokee Reservoir in Bean Station.

Relocation info

Bean Station Things to Do

Location: Bean Station
County: Grainger
State: Tennessee
Area Code: 865
Zip Code: 37708

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Local Snapshots

  • Bean Station Harvest Pride Day

    Harvest Pride Days October 20-21,2007

  • The Original Location of Bean Station Tavern and the Mineral Springs Hotel, facing south.

    Cherokee Reservoir The Original Location of Bean Station Tavern, now underwater. Fort Bean was located on the hill (tiny island) on the right.

  • Lakeside Marina at dusk.

    Lakeside Marina

  • Lee and Dixie Highway Junction, facing north

    Kentucky Road Lee and Dixie Highway Junction, facing north