Take a trip with me to Rogersville, TN to the Amis Mill Eatery and to the former home of Thomas Amis, 1744-1797. I want to introduce you to a remarkable couple with a passion for our American heritage that is contagious to all who meet them. Even the most “uninterested in history” will leave the home of Wendy and Jake Jacobs with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the guests and families who have called the Thomas Amis homestead their home for more than two centuries. Wendy just so happens to be the 5th great granddaughter of Thomas Amis and the hospitality her grandfather possessed clearly was passed down through the generations to his granddaughter.
The Jacobs welcome guests into their home to share the rich heritage of the Rogersville area and the contributions that Thomas Amis and his family made to the the nation we call these great United States of America. Upon entering the property, stop at Big Creek Visitor Center to learn more about the property and it’s guests as well as see some Civil War history. You can spend some time on the back deck enjoying the view or take a walk down by the creek toward the remnants of the grist mill and the stone dam that Thomas Amis had built in 1780. This is a great place for a photo op!
Further extending the hospitality of our hosts, to the left up the hill you will find the delicious Amis Mill Eatery owned by the Jacobs. The eatery is located on the property directly beneath their home and with a view of Big Creek and the waterfall created by the dam. Before moving to the Rogersville area and purchasing the family homestead in 2008, the Jacobs spent some years in Louisiana. This is a great blessing to the diners at the Amis Mill Eatery as you get to enjoy a Cajun influenced menu. Don’t worry, if Cajun isn’t your thing, there are also delicious steaks, smoked pork and brisket, catfish, and many other delicious options. However, we really encourage you to expand your palate and at least have some Crawfish Tails.
If you haven’t made arrangements for a guided tour of the home by the Jacobs, feel free to still walk the grounds for a self guided tour before or after dinner. There are maps available in the menus or you can pick them up at the Visitor Center. You can visit the graves of Thomas Amis and his wife as well as other family members. The grounds are simply beautiful and the view of the rolling hills from the where the house sits makes the leisurely stroll to the top well worth your time.
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I love history, great food, and warm friendships. While I am a bit bias, I honestly believe Appalachia possesses all three of these in perfect harmony.
It was a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to meet the Jacobs and “Amis” families, and I am so excited to share this great hidden gem with you. As you can see, Northeast Tennessee has a rich American history, friendly welcoming communities, and amazing food. Come and visit us sometime!