A peek into the daily life of an early Knox County landowner

Samuel McCammon (1801–1860), son of John and Elizabeth Upton McCammon, was a farmer in Knox County, TN. Between January 1, 1846 and December 31, 1854, McCammon kept a detailed diary, which has been digitized and is available on the Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection. The diary is a wealth of information about the McCammon family, antebellum Knoxville, the daily life of a farmer of that era, and the building of a house. While he was building the house—which is still standing at 1715 Riverside Drive—he probably lived in an earlier dwelling which was built by Knoxville's founder, James White. The house and site is on the National Register of Historic Places.