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About Us

When Annie and I moved from Nashville to Chattanooga in 1988 we were thrilled to be renting a four-level duplex on Shingle Road on the side of Lookout Mountain. It felt as if we were living inside a National Park, and indeed we were surrounded by park property. The Hardy Trail, remnants of the old broad gauge railroad, was just a few feet from our door. Union and Confederate troops had clashed just a stone's throw away.

As I walked the trails of Lookout, I often came across old stonework and wondered what it represented. Fortunately, John Wilson (who lived just down the road below the Cravens House) had written a book called Lookout: the story of an Amazing Mountain which explained much that I saw, yet this only whetted my appetite for more.