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McCoy Farm and Gardens oral histories

Identifier: MS-077

Scope and Contents

This collection includes interviews regarding the history of McCoy Farm and Gardens and Walden Ridge located on Signal Mountain in Tennessee. The interviews offer insight into the lives of the Bachman and McCoy families and buildings and grounds on McCoy Farm and Gardens, including the arboretum and apple orchard. Interviewees detail mountain culture, historic mining and bootlegging industries on the ridge, and memories of artist, author, and naturalist Emma Bell Miles. Members of the McCoy Farm and Gardens Board conducted the interviews in 2022.


  • Creation: 2022


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is closed for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

McCoy Farm and Gardens is a nonprofit organization located in Walden, Tennessee that aims to preserve the McCoy home which dates to the late 19th century. Senator Nathan L. Bachman purchased the property in 1912, and he and his wife, Pearl Duke Bachman enjoyed sharing their home with the community on Walden Ridge. Their daughter, Martha Bachman McCoy carried on her parents' tradition of engaging with the local community by conveying her family's farm to the town of Walden in 2004.

The grounds of McCoy Farm and Gardens include the homesite of Emma Bell Miles, a local author, naturalist, and artist who chronicled the lives and surroundings of the community on Walden Ridge in the early 1900s.

McCoy Farm and Gardens. “The Story of McCoy and its People and the Place.” Accessed May 13, 2022.

Robinson, Ruth. “Memories Of A Remarkable Woman, Martha Bachman McCoy.” TheChattanoogan.Com. January 14, 2009.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Interviewers and interviewees donated these interview to McCoy Farm and Gardens in 2022. McCoy Farm and Gardens authorized the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to use, retain, and publish the interviews on 2022 January 19.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at

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Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States