The History of Crab Orchard Stone in Crossville, Tennessee
By Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
(A Serendipity World)
Crab Orchard stone is a rare sandstone quarried from the Crab Orchard Mountain of the Cumberland Plateau. Predominately rose in color, this mottled stone is streaked in irregular patterns by different shades of brown. Its unique and beautiful color was used mostly for chimneys and foundations in the immediate region until the late nineteenth century, when Cumberland County officials built a courthouse with the stone and erected stone curbing and sidewalks in Crossville. In Cumberland County, you can see this stone in use in the hundreds of "Homestead Houses" that were built during the depression as part of the New Deal. The historic "Homestead Tower", the showplace of the New Deal, is another example of the beauty of this stone, as is the dam at the Cumberland Mountain State Park. It ca...