The exact spot where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet is not easy to see on the ridge line below. Nor was it easy to determine.
In 1665, Great Britain's King Charles II declared his Virginia colony was to be separated from his Carolina colony by a line drawn at latitude 36 degrees 30. Surveyors started at the Atlantic Ocean in 1728 to run the line westward to the Mississippi. Decades of boundary disputes followed, first between Virginia and North Carolina. Later, Tennessee and Kentucky joined the fray. The most ragged segment of the old Carolina-Virginia boundary -- here in the Cumberland Mountains -- was not finally resolved until 1803.