Truthfully, on most days there's not a lot to do in Pikeville, so if you're in town you might as well stroll down Main Street and take a look at this mural, about a block south of the courthouse.
The mural was painted by local artist Bob McFate of Old Mill Mural Company in June, 2005.
One look at the Rock House Cafe and you'll know that this restaurant is appropriately named, since it is constructed of native fieldstone. It is a favorite of locals, and that about all you will see here, because not too many strangers pass through these parts.
The interior is decorated with antiques and enought license plates from around the country that you will wonder how they all got here.
If you do happen to be in Pikeville on a Friday evening, don't miss the all-you-can-eat catfish dinner. It's famous. In addition to huge piles of fried catfish there will be plenty of other trimmings: potatoes, cole slaw, and hush puppies. Don't be afraid to ask for seconds, and wash it all down with a bottomless glass of sweet iced tea. Be sure to save room for a serving of hot cobbler or homemade pie.
The atmosphere is laid back and the service is friendly. We have enjoyed eating here.
This is a very decent Mexican restaurant near the center of Pikeville. It is operated by a family from Mexico who are very hospitable and also happen to be to be great cooks. I have eaten here on several occasions when I was staying next door at the Coachman Inn, the only motel in town. It is conveniently located, the food is well prepared and reasonably priced, and the service is good.
Favorite Dish: Since I enjoy a variety of dishes, I have tried something different just about every time I have eaten here. On my last visit I had Taquitos Rancheros: Corn tortillas filled with chicken (or beef) then deep fried and topped with sour cream and guacamole, with a mild sauce, sprinkled with grated cheeze. Refried beans and rice came on the side. I loved it.
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This roadside farm market, operated by a mother/daughter team, is open year round, but it especially shines in late summer and autumn when the pumpkins are harvested. Other farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. are available in season. The selection is abundant and the prices are very fair.
Even out of season, this is a great place to get homemade jams, jellies, apple butter, pie fillings and other home canned goods. Also, you'll enjoy the fresh baked goodies. The folks are friendly and they work hard to deserve your business. Stop in here once and you'll be back.
Have you ever seen a valley so beautiful, lush and serene that just gazing out over it brings tears of joy to your eyes and makes you glad to be alive. Tennessee's Sequatchie Valley is that kind of place. In my mind, there is not a lovelier spot on the planet.
Pikeville and Bledsoe County are at the upper end Sequatchie Valley, which cuts through parts of Cumberland, Bledsoe, Sequatchie and Marion Counties. The Valley is is bordered by Signal Mountain and Walden's Ridge on the east and the rock rimmed Cumberland Plateau on the west. It was named for the Cherokee Indian Chief, Sequachee, who entered into a treaty with the colonial government of South Carolina.
The Sequatchie Valley, which measures 125 miles long is never more than 5 miles wide. It is said to be one of only two rift valleys in the world, the other being the Great Victoria Valley on the continent of Africa.
The sparkling Sequatchie River flows southward through the center of this fertile vale, offering sport for fishermen and "gentle thrills" for canoers.
Bledsoe County has a long and interesting history. The county was created by the Tennessee State Legislature in 1807 from part of Roane County. This was the 33rd county created in the state.
Settlers moved into the Sequatchie Valley soon after the treaty with the Indians was signed, ceding the first part of the valley to the state of Tennessee in 1805. Bledsoe county is the northernmost county of the valley. In my opinion the Sequatchie Valley is one of the prettiest settings on earth.
In 2000 Bledsoe County had a population of just over 12,000. Pikeville, the county seat, has less than 2000 residents.
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