The Bryan House is a very special stop on the AQT. The Bryan House is home to Clinch-Powell RC&D, the not-for-profit organization that brought the Appalachian Quilt Trail to our region. Clinch-Powell RC&D acquired The Bryan House in 2004 following the death of Doc Bryan, for whom the house is named. They have since restored and renovated the house and opened it up to the community for tours. It is also used as a local meeting area for community groups.
The Bryan House has a long and interesting history in Rutledge, Tennessee. It was originally built in 1869 for Michael Goldman, who was the County Court Clerk of Grainger County as well as a merchant. He was not originally from Grainger County and the locals referred to him as a “Jewish Yankee carpetbagger”. After Goldman’s death, the house was passed on to his son John N. Goldman, a lawyer who practiced in Rutledge. When he died it passed on to his daughter Johnnie Alexander Long. She had left it unattended for some years when Doc Bryan purchased it in 1937.
Dr. L.C. Bryan and his wife purchased the house from Johnnie and began extensive renovations. The Bryans were an interesting family with a big presence in Rutledge. Doc Bryan practiced medicine for sixty-seven years, retiring at the age of 93. From 1927-1968 he delivered 3,424 babies. The Bryans hosted Sunday Suppers at the house, along with croquet in the summer on the lawn. The croquet tournaments were such serious business that the children could not participate; they had to watch from the side as the adults played.
Bryan House is open for informal tours Monday-Friday, from 8:30-4:30. Clinch-Powell RC&D staff and resident Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps members are on-site and will do their best to answer any questions you may have about this remarkable structure and the families who have called it home.
****If you are in the area the week of June 16-21st, it is Clinch-Powell RC&D’s special 25th Anniversary Open House. Staff and volunteers will be conducting tours between the hours of 1-4 pm. Light refreshments will be available.****