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Jeffrey Stoner to present history program on railroads and their part in Appalachian history

Southern Railway 4501 is a 2-8-2 “Mikado” type steam locomotive built in October 1911 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Southern Railway. The locomotive 4501 served the Southern hauling freight until being retired in 1964. The engine appeared in many movies and television shows. In the TV show “Christy,” the engine pulled the train that took the main character from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, to the fictional town of Cutter Gap, Tennessee.

From Staff Reports

Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center Gallery will host a special program by photographer Jeffrey Stoner on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Unicoi Information and Visitors Center.

Professional photographer Jeffrey Stoner will give a talk on Appalachian history focusing on railroad photography from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Unicoi Visitors Center. He will showcase some iconic railroad images, including historical images of the trains that ran through Unicoi County and Erwin, as well as his own striking images of railroads in the southeastern United States.

Stoner’s program is the eighth event to be held through June 2022 under an “Arts Build Communities” grant that Tanasi has been awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, funded through the First Tennessee Development District.

Admission is free. The event will be live streamed on Facebook at Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center.  

The visitors center is located at 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi. 

For more information, call the Tanasi Gallery at (423) 735-0217, or contact Victoria Hewlett by email at [email protected] or by phone at (423) 707-8798. The public is invited to visit Tanasi Gallery on the web at or follow the gallery on Facebook at