Place:Trade, Johnson, Tennessee, United States


Coordinates36.333°N 81.733°W
Located inJohnson, Tennessee, United States
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Trade is an unincorporated community in Johnson County, Tennessee, United States. It is easternmost community in the state and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the headwaters of Roan Creek. The community is located between the towns of Mountain City and Boone, North Carolina, along US-421. The first English-speaking person visited Trade in 1673, making it the oldest unincorporated community in the state.


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The oldest unincorporated community in the state,[1] Trade originated in the 18th century as "The Trade Gap," a trading post established for Native Americans, pioneers, and fur traders to buy and sell their wares. It was located on an old buffalo trail between Snake and Rich Mountains, the easiest route through the mountains to the West. Tom Dula (made famous by the folk song "Tom Dooley") hid out in Trade as he was on the run, suspected of having murdered Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It was in Trade that the posse finally caught up to Dula and arrested him. Dula was working on Grayson farm, "if it hadn't been for Grayson I'd have been in Tennessee", when he was captured in Trade.

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