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Hixson is named after one of the first families to settle in the area. The Hixsons were from New Jersey and moved to Maryland and Virginia before settling in Greene County. Joseph and Susannah were listed in the 1776 census of Frederick County, Maryland. In 1786, Joseph paid 50 shillings for 100 acres of land south of the Nolichucky River in Greene County. He first visited the Hamilton County area in 1788 when he served under General Joseph Martin during a raid against the Chickamaugas at Lookout Mountain near Moccasin Bend. Some of Joseph and Susannah’s children, including Ephraim, Sr., moved from Greene County to Hamilton and Bledsoe Counties. Ephraim, Sr. settled in Bledsoe County. His son, Ephraim, Jr. was born in 1797 in Greene County, raised in Bledsoe County, and married his first cousin, Margaret. They moved to Hamilton County and bought 640 acres for $5,500. By 1834, Ephraim, Jr. became a Justice of the Peace. In the 1836 Hamilton County tax lists, Ephraim, Jr. and Margaret’s son, Huston was listed as their neighbor. Ephraim, Jr. and Margaret also had a son named Wilson, who married Nancy Hughes. Wilson and Nancy’s son, Ephraim Franklin, built a home near the site of the log cabin of his grandfather, Ephraim, Jr. Ephraim Franklin’s home is located on Adams Road near the train station. It is still standing today. Many descendants of the family still live in the area. They started having family reunions in 1957. In 1961, 560 people attended the reunion.
Things to Do in Hixson, Tennessee
Greenaway Farms is a 180-acre park with six miles of running, walking, hiking, and biking trails. It is along North Chickamahuga Creek, so it has three canoe access points. There is also an off-leash dog park. It is open daily from 6 am to 7 pm and is located off of Hamill Road one mile east of Highway 153.
The Chickamauga Dam
The Chickamauga Dam on the Tennessee River is a hydroelectric dam built between 1936 and 1940 as part of the New Deal programs. It included a 60-by-360-foot lock so boats and barges could travel between the Chickamauga and Nickajack reservoirs. It was designed to allow for expansion of the lock to 110 by 600 feet. In 2003, a project to replace the lock was started with a completion date of 2014. Funding issues developed, but additional funding was eventually provided. However, during the delay, the cost of materials to complete the work had increased. In 2013, the estimated cost of the project had nearly doubled, and the estimated completion date was set back five years. As it stands, the current lock will be unsafe to use before 2023.
The reservoir is a recreational area that provides the opportunity for swimming, paddle boarding, fishing, and boating. The recreation area is located at 3012 Kings Point Road.
The Battles for Chattanooga Museum
Located on Lookout Mountain, the Battles for Chattanooga Museum focuses on the battles fought in November 1863 for control of the Chattanooga area that precede General Sherman’s March to the Sea. The show features multimedia projection mapping with 3-D modeling software. After the show, view the display of Civil War relics and weapons. The museum is located at 1110 E Brow Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The rest of the year, the museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Hixson Real Estate and the Cost of Living