Just outside Crossville a historic camp can be found. For many years it was known locally as Jap-Camp with the misconception that Japanese soldiers were held at the camp during World War II. Upon further research though, we find out there were no Japanese prisoners at the camp, but rather German soldiers. Here is a little history of the camp from Tennessee Magazine including a recollection of being held captive at the camp by a German soldier:
(BILL CAREY, THE TENNESSEE MAGAZINE)
Most people do not know that there were prisoner-of-war camps in Tennessee during World War II. They were at Camp Forrest, near Tullahoma; Camp Campbell, near Clarksville; Camp Tyson, in Henry County; and Camp Crossville, in Cumberland County.
Best I can tell, there isn’t much left of any of these camps, except Crossville. The same land that used to be the Crossville POW camp is now the Clyde York 4-H Center. Thousands of kids go there every year to learn about archery, swimming and teamwork. I suspect most of them don’t know that the long, white building near the entrance used to be part of a prisoner-of-war hospital.