Poke Sallet Festival
The 2013 Gainesboro Poke Sallet Festival will once again be on Mother's Day weekend. This year the "Miss Poke Sallet Beauty Pageant will be on Thursday May 8th with the downtown activities statring mid day Friday May 9th. We will have our usual slate of fun activities including our famous Out House Race and Poke Sallet Eating Contest. As well as a contimued emphases on folk art and tradtional "Mountain Music." Gainesboro has a long history of celebrating our southern heritage by paying tribute to this unique aspect of our local cultural cuisine.
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we have designed this site with the intention of helping you experience the sites and sounds of our community and its signature event. You'll find lots of stunning pictures and a good bit of music. We also want to make it easier for you to be a part of the fun and activities. Look under the "Documents" menu to find vendor applications, event guidlines and many other fun and exciting offerings. Although we have put a lot of effort into this site we can't give you the full expierence of all the hospitality and activities that will be going on. I guess you'll just have to come on down and enjoy it for yourself!
A noble plant.
Poke Sallet has been a part of life in this neck of the woods since long before the white man set foot here. The natives used it for, among others things, one of the main ingreidents of thier love potions. Many a Cvil War soildier wrote letters to loved ones using ink made from "Poke Berries." In modern times much research around emerging cancer treatments center around the chemicals found in the Poke Weed plant. So the usefulnees of this noble plant continues into our day and beyond as no doubt new uses will be discovered for our beloved weed. Somethings are just hard to improve on.
A wonderful place.
Established by an Act of the Tennessee Legislature on November 06, 1801, Jackson County consisted of
land that had been designated by the Six Indian Nations as Hunting Ground. The river running through it
was first called the Ouasioto; French explorers called it the Shavanon, and in 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker, an
explorer for the Royal Land Company of Virginia, named the river the Cumberland. In 1775, the
Transylvania Company was organized to negotiate with the Cherokee Indians for the purchase of “the
country included between the Ohio, Kentucky, and Cumberland Rivers.” The treaty was signed in 1786,
and settlers began migrating into the area.
Named in honor of Andrew Jackson, the newly designated county’s area in 1801 covered all or part of
twenty of the present Tennessee counties. The first court was held in the residence of John Bowen on
Roaring River. Temporary county seats were used until 1806 when Williamsburg was designated the
county seat. Williamsburg was named for Sampson Williams, an early pioneer in the area. In 1817, a more
centrally located area was selected and Gainesborough was selected as the permanent county seat and was
incorporated in 1820. In the early years, river traffic was the most important means of travel, and with both
the Cumberland and Roaring Rivers traversing the county, Gainesborough (now “Gainesboro”) was an
important river port. When the Cordell Hull Dam was built, the Cumberland River was flooded to make
Cordell Hull Lake, and a deepwater port was established at Gainesboro with the anticipation that the river
can once again become an important factor in the commercial interests of Jackson County.
Over the past two hundred years, Jackson County has been home to many people—some who have stayed
on the family farms that were established two centuries ago by their ancestors, others who stayed for a
while and then traveled on to other parts of the country. No matter where you travel, you may meet
someone who says, “My family is from Jackson County.” As one Jackson County native said: “For over
200 years the families of Jackson County have raised children to become: Hard-working pioneer farmers,
loving mothers and wives, preachers, elders, musicians, artists, doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, soldiers
for the Confederacy (as well as the Union), brave defenders in World War I and II, servants for their
country in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, leaders in the world of business, and hard workers in
many other noble endeavors.”