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Walden's Ridge: The Early Years
Interviews with Col. Creed Bates, Martha Bachman McCoy, Ellis A. Smith, Jr., Dr. J. Livingston White, and others.
Origins of Place Names of Walden's Ridge.
Author Karen Stone
ISBN 0-9779189-0-4
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 8.5" x 5.5" (oblong); softcover; 106 pages; archival paper $12.95
Availability April 2006
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The springs, roadways, schools and individuals that influenced the first communities on Walden's Ridge near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Also featured are oral histories and personal accounts on local place names and Civil War influence.

About the cover: The face of Walden's Ridge in autumn seen from East Brow Road near Albion Drive. Photograph by Charlie Stone.



  • Discover the springs, roadways and schools that determined mountain settlements.
  • Learn how and why places on the mountain received their colorful names.
  • Enjoy recollections and first person accounts of early residents.
  • Find how the Civil War impacted the lives of the people.
  • Explore the Bachman-McCoy home and tradition.
  • Help preserve the spirit of Walden's Ridge.
About the author:
Karen Paul Stone is a native of Walden's Ridge in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Kentucky, where she studied folklore under the world-renowned Dr. William Hugh Jansen.
Other works include: Little Brown Church in the Wildwood: the First 90 years of Union Chapel, Walden, Tennessee; and
Educating for Eternity: A History of Boyd-Buchanan School, and 100 Years The Little Bron Church in the Wildwood.
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