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Archives of Appalachia
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The Deery Inn Collection

Collection Number:

Accession No. 41

Physical Description:

1 audiocassette; 29 color slides


Richard Lawson


Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University


Provenance: The Deery Inn Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Richard Lawson in April 1979. The collection has been open to research since that time, but a guide was not prepared until July 1991.

Access: The collection is open for research.

Processing Information: Marie Tedesco completed processing in 1991, and revised the finding aid in 1996.


The Deery Inn was built around 1800 as a store and home. William Deery, a native of Londonderry, Ireland, occupied the building until his death in 1845. Subsequent owners of the property transformed the structure into an inn. One of the more recent owners Virginia Caldwell, has renovated and restored the building. (For additional information on the inn see Families and History of Sullivan County, Tennessee. Volume One, 1779-1992, p. 211.)


The Deery Inn Collection consists of one audiotape and 29 slides which make up a slide-tape program on the inn prepared by Richard Lawson as a research requirement for English 4650, folklore, in 1970.

Organization: Numbering of the slides follows Lawson's order, with unnumbered slides placed before the numbered ones. The audiotape has been listed after the slides.

Important subjects covered in the collection are:

Caldwell, Virginia Byars
Derry Inn (Blountville, Tenn.)
Hotels, taverns, etc.--Tennessee--Blountville
Lawson, Richard



Unnumbered include:

2 slides with title and credits.
1 slide of historic marker on the inn.
4 exterior shots of the inn.
1 shot of an interior roof beam.

Numbered Slides:

6 Fireplace and mantle.
7 Woodwork around an interior doorway.
8 Stairway and window-interior.
9 Exterior roof shot.
10 Exterior-outbuilding.
11 Woman in inn (probably Mrs. Joseph A. Caldwell, the inn's owner).
12 Woman in inn (Caldwell perhaps).
13 Interior-study.
14 Loft.
15 George Washington painting.
*17 Exterior-side of inn.
18 Interior-doorway.
19 Interior-stairway.
*22 Mantle of fireplace.
23 Exterior-wall with brush growing near it.
24 Unknown.
25 Interior-room with spinning wheel.
26 Exterior entrance.
27 Exterior-decorative window.
28 Exterior-outbuilding.
29 Woman (Caldwell perhaps) at entrance.

*16, 20, 21 There were no slides with these numbers on them.



1 audiocassette: Narration by Richard Lawson and Mrs. Joseph Caldwell (Tape accompanies slides.)


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