The Mahala Mullins Cabin was the home of a legendary moonshiner who, because of her large physical size, was know by law enforcement to be "catchable, but not not fetchable." Following Mahala's passing, a portion of the cabin was dissessassembled in order for the community to carry her to her final resting place. The cabin was dissembled from its original location on Newmans' Ridge, then restored at it's present location down below in Vardy Valley.

Across the road is a Presbyterian church building. It is the last remaining structure of the Vardy Community School. Presbyterian missionaries not only provide this historic building for worship, but an additional modern building behind the church for quality education and health services. Although that building is no longer there, a model of it and the stories of those who lived in the community are on display for viewing.

Tours of both facilities are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in the months of May thru October.

The cabin restoration project and the museum inside the church museum are sponsored by the Vardy Community Historic Society, who's mission is to document the lives and history of the people and culture of the Vardy community and the contributions of the Presbyterians to Vardy.

 

 

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image of museum shed with mullins cabin in the background
Museum shed with Mullins cabin and Newman's Ridge in the background.
Image of Vardy Community School Church/Museum
Vardy Community School Church/Museum located across from the cabin.
Model of Vardy Community School museum
Model of Vardy Community School
Pictures and artifacts inside Vardy Community Church Museum
Inside Vardy Community School Church Museum
Vardy Blackwater Community sign
Entrance to the Vardy Blackwater Community. From Sneedville, drive four miles along Hwy 63, over Newman's Ridge. Then turn right on Vardy/Blackwater Road.
View of Mullins Cabin from the church steps across the road.
Mullins Cabin viewed from the steps of the Vardy Community School Church/Museum
Mahalah Mullins' Moonshine Cabin

Vardy Blackwater Road
Sneedville, TN 37869

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10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays from May thru October.
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