What’s a South Jersey boy doing writing about Chattanooga and Tennessee? I don’t always have a clear answer to that question. I can tell you that I lived in the Chattanooga area for over seven years, from 2005-2012, but my infatuation with its history didn’t begin until a few years after. In 2014 my new found interest prompted me to start Picnooga on Facebook, sharing historical photographs of the Chattanooga area. That turned into a larger effort to crowdsource, then crowdfund an archive of Chattanooga history from scratch, creating a higher level of access to Chattanooga history at no cost through the internet. 3,500+ old photographs, pieces of paper ephemera, and 3D artifacts later, the hobby regularly is a full-time effort. I also helped by crowdfunding the digitization of over 30,000 of pages of Chattanooga’s newspapers in public domain in partnership with ChattanoogaHistory.com and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
My professional background has been in digital and traditional marketing up until a few years ago. I’ve been sidetracked into another direction involving old things and am looking for a full-time history position in marketing, administration, or social media.
This website is an extension of my personal interests. I plan to use it as a space to exhibit local history, but also Tennessee history. Initially, the content will be Chattanooga area heavy, but in time I hope to balance it out with stories, artifacts, and historical places from around the state.
My mother and maternal grandparents were born in Tennessee. My grandmother was from Oliver Springs and my grandfather, Bristol. My mother was also born in Tennessee before the family migrated north to Southern New Jersey (Philadelphia Area) for better work opportunities between the Great Depression and WWII.
In 2015, in a moment of kismet, Picnooga purchased this rare glass plate of Oliver Springs, TN, circa. 1900 mixed in a batch of over 400 plate images of the Chattanooga area. It was first identified by Sam Hall. The glass plate was donated to the Oliver Springs Historical Society and Museum.