Along The Byway
The settlement was referred to as Crossville, and that name was chosen in the 1830s.
Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce
Crossville, TN 38555
Less than five miles from Crossville travelers will enter into Crab Orchard known for the unique Crab Orchard Stone that is quarried there. The Byway generally realigns with the old roadbed about midway between Crossville and Crab Orchard.
View to Agricultural Land, Looking Southeast Toward Crossville
Continuing on US 70/TN 1 the next stop is Ozone, a small town known for its remarkable waterfall located just off of the Byway. Heading east on the Byway, visitors will follow US 70 Scenic/TN 1 to the Cumberland/Roane County line.
During the Civil War, Cumberland County’s population was evenly divided between pro-Union and pro-Confederate sentiments. Though no battles were fought here, the county suffered from war-torn families. As with other areas in Tennessee rich in natural resources, Cumberland County attracted northern developers after the Civil War. Timber and coal were the foremost products, though agricultural crops did very well here, too. The Tennessee Central Railroad came through the county in 1900, expanding access to a wider market. Further infrastructure development occurred after World War I with new highways such as US 70 linking Crossville with other commercial centers, such as Sparta to the southwest and Jamestown to the northeast.
World War II brought new employment opportunities to Cumberland County, including a POW camp where captured Germans and Italians were detained. The building of Interstate 40 through Cumberland County following the war opened up the rural county for rapid development of manufacturing operations, retirement communities, and world class golf courses. The county’s population boomed in the late twentieth century.
Cumberland County Courthouse
Tennessee Highway Patrol Office
Cumberland Mountain School
Visitor Sites & Attractions
Cumberland County Playhouse
Military Memorial Museum
Obed River Arboretum