Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Joseph Roark Homestead

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Location: on Birchwood Pike (route 312) north of Grasshopper Rd., Harrison, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 18.955    W 085° 01.587
  35.31591666    -85.02645
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3BTK


Joseph Roark Homestead
Circa 1833

Joseph Roark and wife, Juda Ann Carr Roark, were among the original settlers of Cherokee lands East Tennessee, moving into this area from Claiborne County in the early 1830's. This homestead, constructed with the wall of split walnut logs and with chimneys of hand fired brick, was built circa 1833 and served as the principal dwelling of the Roark Family through four generations. As a major landowner in the area, by 1850 Joseph Roark owned and framed over 1,000 acres surrounding the homestead. The original structure is being preserved and restored by Marleita Roark Carmichael and other children of William Grover and Willie Myrtle Roark.

Roark-Conner Associations