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Eidson, Tennessee
Eidson as seen from Clinch Mountain
Eidson as seen from Clinch Mountain
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hawkins
Settled 1790s
Named for Samuel Eidson Sr.
1,523 ft (464 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 423
GNIS feature ID 1315008

Eidson is an unincorporated community located on the north side of Clinch Mountain in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.


Prior to any frontier settlements, a few Cherokee hunted along Clinch Mountain. Longhunters began exploring the area during the 1770s. They named some of the places found in the region. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine runs through Highway 70 just a few miles off the old Wilderness Trail in Virginia. The first settlements of the area took place during the 1790s. Families from the Carter Valley settlement crossed Clinch Mountain, and families from Virginia took the Lonesome Pine trail and crossed the Clinch River. It was during that time when a group of Chicamaugan Indians raided the settlers along War Creek. Some of these battles took place at Big War Gap in Lee Valley and Little War Gap in Eidson. From that time on, the area north of Clinch Mountain was called War Gap in Hawkins County, Tennessee. During the mid 19th Century, Eidson was called Stringtown, and was later renamed after Samuel Eidson Sr., a local rancher of the area, and Andrew Jackson Eidson, a patriarch of the branch of Eidsons found throughout East Tennessee. Many Eidson are concentrated around upper Hawkins County. Hallelujah Acres was once located in Eidson, before moving to Shelby, North Carolina.

Postal service

Eidson is also the site of a post office, assigned the zip code 37731. In July 2011 the U.S. Postal Service identified the Eidson post office as one of 3,653 U.S. retail post offices proposed for closure.

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