A favorite gathering place for picnics and corn roasts was at the Stoke’s Grove on the farm of J.C. ‘Deacon’ Stokes on the Knoxville Pike. His huge barn and stately white oak trees made a picturesque setting that complimented the broad lawn and snow white homestead of this hospitable couple. This grove of oak trees with its closely cropped greensward provided an ideal setting for summer outings or acorn roasts in autumn. Mr. & Mrs. Stokes were known throughout the district for their sincerity and friendliness to anyone who might halt at their home. Stoke’s Grove was located across from Pytash’s on State Route 213. STOKES CEMETERY - The WPA map lists William Stokes Sr., William Stokes Jr., and John Stokes as serving in the War of 1812.
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