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The small community of Orme is nestled in the mountains along the Tennessee-Alabama line, just four miles from Russell Cave National Monument, an archeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. In the early 1900s, Orme was a base of extensive mining operations, at one point shipping 1,000 tons of coal per day out of Doran’s Cove. Mining operations closed in 1941 after several mining accidents and when coal veins became depleted. While many of the buildings from the community’s mining days – including a schoolhouse and a commissary and hotel - have been demolished, the wood-framed railroad depot still stands in the center of town, proclaiming you’ve arrived in Orme!

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