Orchard Knob

     Orchard Knob is a beautiful historic neighborhood near other downtown favorites like Highland Park and Jefferson Heights. Its name dates back to a significant Civil War battle fought there in 1863, which is memorialized on the knob itself with statues, cannon, and sign markers. After the war, around the same time that Highland Park was developing as one of Chattanooga's first suburbs, the battlefield surrounding Orchard Knob was turned into another middle class neighborhood. It shares the late 1800s, early 1900s architecture seen in surrounding neighborhoods, especially beautiful Craftsman bungalows, four squares, and late period Queen Annes.

      Like many of Chattanooga's downtown neighborhoods, Orchard Knob fell into hard times in the 1970s and 80s after white flight and a tough economy had taken their toll. Orchard Knob is slightly behind its neighbors in terms of renewal. The progress Highland Park made in the 1990s was only just beginning in surrounding areas just before the recent recession. The number of rehabilitated homes in Orchard Knob are fewer, foreclosures are higher, and crime is still more common than in the neighborhoods closer to Main Street and the successfully revitalized Southside district. However, the flip side is that home prices are lower, and that a lot of money is being invested in the neighborhood to help it catch up to others nearby.


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