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Mauris-Earnest Fort House, Chuckey, TN

Mauris-Earnest Fort House - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 78002591, date listed 19780130

. S of Chuckey on Nolichucky River

. Chuckey, TN (Greene County)

. Earnest, like the Native Americans before him, was well aware that he was claiming some of the most valuable land, with excellent river access and plentiful hunting, in all of East Tennessee. By settling on the land permanently, however, Earnest presented an intrusion to surrounding Native American groups, who viewed his farm as a threat to their own access to the abundant natural resources of the area. The Earnest family's rather tenuous relationship with the Native Americans is evident by the construction of the Mauris-Earnest Fort House circa 1782. The house is a large two-story log structure that rests on a full limestone basement set into the river bluff. It provided excellent views of the river and the adjacent trails. Local tradition, repeated in the 1978 National Register nomination of the property, claimed that John Mauris, a local entrepreneur, first built the house. However, thorough research into local deeds and other records do not indicate that Mauris was a settler of this immediate area nor did he appear in the records as having any interests in the area, besides perhaps being the miller at the Earnest Mill, in the late 1770s and early 1780s. It is more likely that Henry Earnest built the fort house. (1)

. References (1) NRHP Nomination Form for The Transformation of the Nolichucky Valley

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