Sherry sent some information about an event on April 17 for anyone interested.
The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will hold its annual Patriots Day Service in Greene County on April 17, 2010 at 10AM EST. TNSSAR President Rick Hollis has announced the service will be part of the grave marking honoring Lt. Joseph Conway, one of five Conway brothers that served in the American Revolution. It will mark the first time the service has been held in the eastern part of the state. Three of the Conway brothers settled in Greene County. The Conway’s are a story of frontier America, they served in the war, settled on the frontier, then saw their sons and daughters move west to impact other areas of the expanding country. Three of the Conway children married members of the Sevier family. Major James Sevier married Nancy Conway and John Sevier Jr married Elizabeth Conway. James Sevier Conway was the first Governor of Arkansas. Other Conway’s have served as Governors, Senators and Congressmen, and in each of the nations wars. Conway Arkansas is named in their honor. The program will take place on Lt. Josephs Conway’s farm which he settled in the 1780’s and where he spent the rest of his life and is buried here on his family land.
The Tennessee Society Sons of the Revolution will also be participating; state president David Whaley and National Society General President Terry Davenport will be part of the activities. The Commander in Chief of the Society of the Descendents of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge will be honoring the Conway’s as four of the brothers served under Washington at Valley Forge. Other participants will be the Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, the Watauga Volunteer Fife and Drum, the TNSSAR Color guard, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Historian Donahue Bible will speak about the buying of the four North Carolina land grants by Lt. Joseph Conway, in what is now the Briar Thicket Community of Cocke County.
C.J. Popadops restaurant at Briar Thicket will open at noon to accommodate any of the Patriots Day participants who wish to dine following the program.
Directions for those interested in attending: 1.Coming from the west, north or south on Interstate 75 or Interstate 40, come to Knoxville, Tennessee. At Knoxville get on / or stay on Interstate 40 EAST to the Interstate 81–Interstate 40 SPLIT. At the SPLIT—Take Interstate 81 NORTH to Fish Hatchery Road Exit, which will be Exit 15. (15 miles from the SPLIT). Those coming southwest from the northeast on Interstate 81, will also take Exit 15 (Fish Hatchery Road).
2 When you take the exit ramp at Exit 15, turn right if headed north on I-81..Or left, if headed south on I 81. That road will be Tennessee State Route 340 SOUTH (also called Fish Hatchery Road). Stay on 340 SOUTH for 5.7 miles, until you see Knob Creek Road in a curve, which will turn off to your right at the foot of a long hill. 3 Stay on Knob Creek Road for approximately one-quarter mile…where you will drive across the Nolichucky River on a narrow concrete bridge (Conway Bridge). The Conway Cemetery will be about another one-quarter mile on the left- hand side about 300 yards across a grassy field.