During the Indian alarms the family of Adam Meek frequently retired at evening to a deep sink three quarters of a mile from their cabin and there spent the night. A fort or station was at a later period formed at the Strawberry Plains, now the residence of the Reverend Thomas Stringfield. In this station the settlers collected together for mutual protection and defence It soon became the centre of an enterprising respectable and intelligent population and there is still one of the most flourishing and enlightened neighbourhoods in the country distinguished for its Institutions of learning its churches its thrift and general prosperity.(Source: Link)
Strawberry Plains is said to be named for the wild strawberries that grew there in abundance when white settlers from North Carolina first arrived in the area. According to a history of the community written by local high school students circa 1935, the name Straw Plains was a shorthand name used by railroad porters and flagmen on trains that passed through Strawberry Plains, and that came to be used as the name of the local railroad depot and on some local post office .
Early in the Civil War, in 1861, the railroad bridge at Strawberry Plains was one target of Union sympathizers who aimed to burn several East Tennessee bridges to hinder Confederate military progress. The conspirators failed in their efforts to burn the Strawberry Plains bridge, but succeeded in their attacks of some of their other targets. Strawberry Plains remained a strategic site throughout the war because the bridge was important for transportation of men an supplies.