I'm doing research for a contracted novel set somewhere in a small town bed-and-breakfast in southeast Tennessee. There will be Civil War parts interwoven into the plot, so I would like to travel to that area for research. Can you recommend such a place? My initial thought is that it is somewhere between Chattanooga and Knoxville or Chattanooga and Nashville. To me, small-town means under 10,000 people and not particularly close to all the tourist places. Thank you for any help you can give me!
By the way, I had noticed a place called Keith Mansion in Athens but cannot find any information about it. Anyone know?