The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association (TOHA) began in 1990 when the southeastern Tennessee counties of McMinn, Monroe, and Polk were selected as a pilot area for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Heritage Tourism Initiative.” At that time a diverse group of people, organizations, and government agencies serving the three counties came together to build a different kind of tourism program, one that honored local history, traditions, culture, and natural resources. Those early visionaries included museum directors, business owners, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, tourism professionals, managers of public lands, farmers, civic volunteers, and ordinary people who love this place they call home. The name Overhill was selected for the area to honor our earliest residents, the Overhill Cherokees.

An ongoing project of TOHA has been the development of a listing of area artists and craftsmen. If you would like to review or be added to this listing, please click this link: