The Watchman's House


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "The Watchman's House," this structure was built in 1895.

The railroad, which was built in 1890 to link Knoxville to Atlanta, crossed the Hiwassee River at Reliance, Tennessee. The bridge and trestle were constructed of wood, and the hot cinders falling from the steam engines often threatened to burn the bridge.
The Higdon Family, who owned the farm surrounding the bridge, built the house for a railroad worker who would "watch" for fires after each passing train.