Jefferson City and White Pine, TN

Knoxville to Jefferson City 20 miles – Sevierville to Jefferson City 27 miles

Jefferson City was originally named Mossy Creek.  The first explorers to the area chose the name because of the vivid green moss growing in the creek bed.  In 1901 the name was changed to honor Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson City is the largest city in Jefferson County.  It is a College Town.  The chain stores & restaurants are on Broadway Blvd., the town has grown around Broadway Blvd/Hwy 11.

The Downtown is very sad.  It is truly unfortunate that they have allowed the buildings to get in such bad shape.  There is one business, The Creek Cafe that had cars parked in front, the building looked good but the building next door what a mess.

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I believe it is our obligation to preserve the history and buildings for future generations, so I hope they find a person who is passionate about the downtown, because it will not be easy to revitalize the area.

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John Roper Branner built the imposing Branner-Jarnigan mansion, (Glenmore Mansion 1867-69) on the eastern edge of their city.  He did not live to see it completed.  His heirs sold it to Milton P. Jarnigan who moved there in 1882. Open May-October, Sat & Sun 1-5

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In 1880, the University was named Carson College for James Carson, who left $15,000 to the school, Carson College existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women named for William Newman, who donated money to the women’s college. In 1889, the two colleges united as one of the first coeducational schools in the South. The school operated as Carson–Newman College until 2012 when the board of trustees voted to change the name to Carson–Newman University.

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Rowena’s Gift Shop – 162 W. Broadway – nice shop

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I had to take a picture of this building – it makes me smile

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 White Pine

Knoxville to White Pine 40 miles – Interstate 81 is north of White Pine within 1-mile.  There are a few stores in White Pine, Smoky Mountain Mercantile, a flower shop and furniture store.

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European settlers first arrived in what is now White Pine in the 1780s. The community, originally known as “Dandridge Crossing,” did not become a town until after the Civil War, when a railroad route was constructed in the area. According to tradition, the town was named after a large pine tree that once stood along Main Street.  In August 2015 the town had its 100 year celebration.

Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center – 1615 Pavilion Dr. – The facility has livestock events such as horse shows, horse/cattle sales, boat shows, sportsman shows, concerts, rodeos and motor cross.

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Really Small Towns, Villages, Settlements and Hamlets

Mountville, Georgia

Atlanta to Mountville 63 miles SW

Hwy 109/Greenville Road runs through Mountville

Mountville was so named because it is the most elevated spot in the county-a little city set upon a hill.  Mountville is the oldest settlement in Troup County. Land was drawn by Neal McRea in the land lottery on March 12, 1827. All of the houses at this early period were two-room log cabins with stick and mud chimneys.

Mountville is the oldest settlement in Troup County

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Has a Dollar General – no other stores

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Shiloh, Georgia

Hwy 27 runs through Shiloh

Shiloh is a city in Harris County.  The population was 440 at the 2014 census estimate. No Stores. Park with walking path through center of town.

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Below – City Hall and Volunteer Fire Dept.

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Park with walking path through center of town.

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Epworth, Georgia

Blue Ridge Drive toward McCaysville turn on Madola Rd.

Epworth is in Fannin County.  A former name was Atalia.  Had a population of 500 in 2015.  No Stores, has a park.

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Epworth United Methodist Church founded June 25, 1865, cemetery across the road.

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Clermont, Georgia

Between Gainesville and Cleveland – off Hwy 129/Cleveland Hwy turn on King St.

Clermont is in Hall County, population 875 in 2010.  Incorporated 1994. Has festival called Clermont Days in September.

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Below – There was a hotel in Clermont it looked empty not sure what it is being used for.

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Historic Sautee Nacoochee, Ga

From Cleveland take Hwy 75 & 17/Helen Hwy toward Helen.  When you see the mound, turn right onto Unicoi Turnpike/Hwy 17.  This area is on the National Register of Historic Places.  There is a historic marker about the Mound on the right.

(Picture of Indian Mound above) Part of the marker reads: Nacoochee Indian Mound was the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by DeSoto in 1540 in his search for gold, according to legend. On this ceremonial mound, 190 feet long, 150 feet wide and 20 feet high, stood the town House where a sacred fire burned unceasingly.

 

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Across the road from the Indian mound is the 162 acre Hardman Farm.  Built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols.  The last owner was Lamartine Hardman who was Governor of Georgia from 1927-1931. There are 22 structures on the property including the Italianate farmhouse.  The property was donated to the state of Georgia in 1999.

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Continue on the Unicoi Turnpike/Hwy 17.  Nice valley view I like this drive.

The next marker is not far from the first, it is also on the right.  Part of the marker reads: NACOOCHEE VALLEY – VALLEY OF THE EVENING STAR  This valley has long fascinated travelers, writers and artists. It was farmed for centuries by Indians and white men alike. The valley was devastated by Spanish and American gold hunters and timbermen and has been carefully nurtured by prosperous summer residents and progressive farmers.

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The next historic marker is on the left, a portion of it reads: EARLY TRADING POST – At this point, just north of the safest ford in the Chattahoochee River, the first white settlers in this area built their campfires in 1822. A trading post was soon established on the site.

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There are two historic markers on the left at the Methodist Church. One is next to the road, a portion of the marker reads: A Methodist Church has stood on this site since the early 1820’s when one was built by the first white settlers in Nacoochee Valley. The other marker is up by the church it is about Bishop Marvin A. Fanklin.

 

 

 

Sweetwater Coffee House  their motto is “Sleepless in Sautee” , the tea and coffee is certified organic.  They also have breakfast and lunch and seasonal smoothies.

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The Sautee Nacoochee Valley is on the National Register of Historic Places it extends from The Old Sautee Store to the Stovall Covered Bridge

Continue to Old Sautee Store – circa 1872, The front is a museum the rest of the store sells cheese, candy, clothes, etc.   There is a café/restaurant next to the store that has ice cream and sandwiches.  The building is rustic with a sod roof. 2315 Hwy 17.

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Just past the Old Sautee Store on Unicoi Turnpike on the right is the Village Market  –  it’s a restaurant/grocery store.  This is a delightful store, upstairs is an art gallery, downstairs Stonewall Creek Winery has a bar/tasting room.  They have sandwiches, chicken salad, etc.  Also they have pottery, jewelry, sweetwater cheese, and lots more.  2454 Hwy 17

 

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Inside of Village Market

Return to Old Sautee Store and turn right on Rabun Rd/Hwy 255. Just past the Post office on your left is the Sautee Nacoochee Center they have an Art Gallery, Folk Pottery Museum, Valley Heritage and History Museum.

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There is also a cabin on the grounds of the Sautee Nacoochee Center the plaque reads: Nacoochee Cabin c. 1850 – This slave dwelling once occupied by “house servants” of E.P.Williams, provides a focal point for the story of a people whose labor contributed in countless ways to life in North Georgia.

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Nacoochee Presbyterian Church – across the road from Sautee Nacoochee Center. on national register of historic places

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Continue on Rabun Rd/Hwy 255 to – Stovall Covered Bridge.

Stovall Covered Bridge – there is a historical marker at the bridge it reads: Fred Dover constructed a bridge and nearby grist, saw and shingle mill complex here in the late 1800s. The original bridge washed away in the early 1890s and Will Pardue replaced it in 1895 with the present 38-foot structure. Dover sold the operation to Fred Stovall, Sr. in 1917. The mill and dam washed away in 1964. Constructed as a modification of the queen post truss design, the bridge’s trusses have two vertical posts (with iron rods) separated by a horizontal crosspiece. The bridge was featured in the 1951 movie, I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, starring Susan Heyward.

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The Glade of Gatlinburg – The Arts and Crafts Community

Around 1937 the craftsman decided to move from downtown Gatlinburg to the Glade to be nearer their homes, tools and supplies.  Opening workshops, galleries and studios alongside their homes or even inside them.  Now there is over 120 craftsmen on a 8-mile loop.

In Gatlinburg turn at light #3 onto East Parkway/Hwy 321, the 2nd light on the right hand side starts the artisan shops.  Turn on the Glades Road for the rest of the shops.

Pick up a map at one of the shops or the visitor center, it will list each shop, if they give demonstrations and what they make and sell. Or check out the website www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

I visited at least half of the 120 shops, below I have listed a few that had buildings I liked.  There are very talented craftsmen in the Glade Arts & Crafts Community

Lorelei Candles – watch candles being handcrafted, established 1979.  Next door is Bearfoot Art Gallery – demonstrations of painting waterfalls and mountains.

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Alewine Pottery – established over 30 years ago, this is a family business.

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Jim Gray Gallery – in a 100 year- old church. The gallery has watercolor, oil, pencil and sculpture of renowned American artist Jim Gray, the gallery also has his signed limited edition giclee and lithograph prints and reproductions.

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Paul Murray Gallery – In paint and pencil he records the lives of Southern Appalachian people.  One of his pieces hangs on the back of his barn that faces the road.

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Webb Gallery – he creates beautiful watercolor scenes. His daughter also has her artwork displayed in the gallery. The gallery is in a restored 1910 homestead.

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Highland Craft Gallery in Hemlock Village – Traditional and contemporary crafts of metal, fiber, glass, clay, wood and leather, handmade by regional artisans.

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Turtle Hollow Gallery – bronze and stone sculptures made by Ross Markley.  The gallery has jewelry, wind chimes, ceramics and wood.

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Brandywine Pottery – Brandy has been in pottery for 23 years.  The forests of the Smokies is her inspiration.

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Cliff Dwellers Gallery – artists working daily – fine crafts, art, baskets, hand weaving, jewelry and pottery. Building 1933

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Dandridge, Tennessee – 2nd Oldest Town in Tennessee

Sevierville to Dandridge 20 miles. – Knoxville to Dandridge 32 miles

From Sevierville take hwy 66/Winfield Dunn Parkway, turn right onto Douglas Dam Road it’s a really nice drive to Dandridge, the road follows the edge of Douglas Lake.

To visit Douglas Dam turn when you see the sign, the upper overlook has the best view of the lake and dam.  The dam was built in the 1940s to meet energy demands at the height of World War II.  The Dam is 1705 feet long and 202 feet high, impounding the 28,420-acre Douglas Lake. The dam was named for Douglas Bluff, a cliff overlooking the dam site prior to construction.

 

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Continue on Douglas Dam Rd. on the right there will be a historic marker in front of the Samuel McSpadden house, part of the marker reads:  Samuel McSpadden, powdermaker and Revolutionary War veteran, built this house in 1804, and died here on August 3, 1844.

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If you want to visit Valentine’s Mill turn left onto Deep Springs Rd.  the mill is on the left.  The website says they are open M-F dusk to dark.

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Dandridge is named for Martha Dandridge Washington, wife of George Washington. In 1783, thirteen years before Tennessee became a state, the first permanent settlers were attracted to the Dandridge area by the French Broad River and a good spring, around which the town was laid out.  By 1792, the settlement had grown to such an extent that Governor William Blount designated the new county of Jefferson.

The Dike that Saved Dandridge –  A portion of the town of Dandridge would have been flooded by the waters of Douglas Lake if the Tennessee Valley Authority had not built a dike. The top of the dike is an elevation of 1009 feet, seven feet above the dam’s crest gates

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A county museum, established in 1957, is located inside the courthouse, which displays Indian and Civil War relics, historic documents and artifacts from the area

Dandridge has a map with a description of the historic buildings in their town, get a walking  tour map from the visitors center. There are 34 buildings on the map, taverns, homes and churches.   

Revolutionary War Graveyard it was there the first commissioners chose the spot for the county seat in January 1793.  The stone path led to the Oldest church in Jefferson County, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, which was organized in 1785. #1 on the walking tour map

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Shepard’s Inn, 1814 – Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson stayed at the Inn.  Stepping blocks for ladies in the located in the front.  Originally, this was a two-story log house.  Shadrach Inman added the frame exterior in ca.1823.  #2 on the walking tour map

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Thomas Tavern, 1843 – James Mitchell built this early tavern and boarding house on a lot purchased from Hopewell Presbyterian Church after the church relocated.  It features a double pen style used in log construction from 1780 to 1830.  It now serves as the Thomas Tavern Smoke and Gift Shop. #5 on the walking tour map

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Shoppes of Roper Mansion –  In 1820, John Roper began to build the Roper Mansion as a wedding gift for his daughter Mary and her husband-to-be, John Branner.  The house was completed in 1821. The parlors, butler’s pantry, kitchen, ballroom and foyer have lots of things to buy, plus you get to tour the house while looking.  328 W. Main St.  #9 on the walking tour map

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Roper Tavern, 1817 – This Federal style brick structure was built by Col. John Roper and served as an early stage coach stop. #14 on the walking tour map

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Vance Building, 1823 – It has been Dandridge Telephone Exchange, post office, J.W. Vance Furniture and Funeral Parlor, Harris General Merchandise.  Recently the building underwent certified historic restoration. #15 on the walking tour map

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Rachels Attic – Antiques, paper items, glassware and advertising pieces. The building is circa 1826.  The store is at Main St. & Gay St.  #17 on walking tour map

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The Maxwell House – unusual ladies clothing, jewelry, accessories, candles and baby gifts. 139 E. Main St. #19 on the walking tour map

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The Visitor Center at 133 W. Main,  The building is the Hickman Tavern Coach House circa 1820.  #20 on the walking tour map

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Steamer Trunk / The Shoppes at the Harris-Goddard House ca 1850 – Funky handbags, gourmet and party needs, custom mugs, gifts for him and baby’s first Christmas.  106 W. Meeting St. #34 on the walking tour map (picture below)

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Lighthouse Pointe Marina rents wakeboards, skis, tubes and boats. 139 Hwy 139 Dandridge

Smoky Mountain Balloon Adventures – take a hot air balloon ride. www.smokymtnballoons.com  2745 Forest Ridge Rd. Dandridge

Dandridge has a Scots-Irish Festival in September with entertainers, pipes and drums, Scottish and Irish food, merchandise vendors, kids playground and dog friendly.

Alpine Helen, Ga

Atlanta to Helen 87 miles

Habersham Winery – Georgia’s oldest and largest winery. In addition to the wines, the tasting room also has a gift shop with gourmet foods and wine specialty items from around the world. 7025 S. Main St.

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Nacoochee Village Antique Mall is 3 stories of unique gifts, they have kitchenware, china, clocks, Comics, Folk Art, Furniture, Glass, Holiday Decor, Jewelry, Knives, Linens, Pottery, Quilts and Tools. 7091 S. Main St.

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Nora’s Mill – The mill was built in 1876 by John Martin, it is a four-story building complete with 1,500 pound French Burr Mill Stones and a 100 ft. wooden raceway that feeds water to a water turbine. In 1902 Dr. Lamartine G. Hardman, governor of Georgia from 1927 -1931, bought the mill and named it “Nora Mill” in memory of his sister Nora. Nora Mill remained in the Hardman Family until 1998. They grind and produce grits, cornmeal, pancake & waffle mixes, flours, biscuit & bread mixes and pioneer’s porridge.  7107 S Main St.

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Jumpin Goat Coffee Roasters – coffee beans from around the world. 7082 S. Main St.

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Unicoi Outfitters – fly fishing professionals – they offer an intensive 2-day course for anglers. They also sell rods and reels. 7280 S. Main St.

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Willows Pottery is a working studio and gallery featuring handmade stoneware pottery. The gallery has works from 20 artists you will find pottery, jewelry, baskets, wood working, photography, fiber art and soaps.

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In 1968, local businessmen met at a restaurant to discuss what could be done to improve their town. They approached an artist friend, who had been stationed in Germany. He sketched the buildings, added gingerbread trim, details and colors to the buildings, giving an Alpine look to the entire town. In January 1969, business owners and local carpenters began turning ideas into reality. The buildings were painted with scenes of Bavaria and North Georgia

 

Visitor Center – 726 Brucken Strasse

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There are a lot of stores in Helen selling pottery, quilts, antiques, shoes, t-shirts, wooden toys, jewelry and accessories and more.

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There is a lot to do in Helen besides shopping:  Mini golf, tubing, hiking, waterfalls, water park and ziplines

Bavarian Mountain Mini Golf – two 18-hole golf courses both courses include winding rivers, greenery and great views.  8065 S. Main St.  at top of the hill

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Alpine Mini Golf – they also have an ice cream shop. 7914 S. Main St.

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Cool River Adventures Zipline & Aerial Park they have state-of-the-art gear, including automatic braking system to provide a hands-free adventure.  112 Poplar Stump Rd.

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Helen Water Park and Tubing – they offer 4 waterslides over 50 feet, rock wall, 1000 ft. lazy river around perimeter of water park, kiddie play area and free unlimited tubing on the Chattahoochee River with a water park pass.  If you decide to go tubing, go early, I mean really early, the traffic will back up for miles on a Saturday. 222 Edelweiss St.

 

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Outpost Gold and Gem – pan for gold – the owners were friendly and provided instruction on how to pan for gold. 7901 S. Main St. across the road from Alpine Mini Golf.

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Glass Mountain Gallery & Studio – Open Labor Day to Christmas – artists Philip and Janine Shelby’s stunning hand-blown, hand crafted objets d’art.

 

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Helen Art Gallery  and History Museum– If you are interested in the history of the area, this is worth a definite look. 25 Chattahoochee Strasse – 12-4 closed Wed & Sun

 

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From Helen take Main Street toward Cleveland, the road becomes Helen Hwy/Hwy 75 turn left onto Duncan Bridge Rd. The Gourd Place will be on your left, continue on and the road to Serenity Cellars will be on your right.

The Gourd Place is a North Georgia delight featuring educational nature displays as well as gourd art and pottery handmade on site.

 

 

Serenity Cellars is a family owned boutique winery. The tasting room has a Tuscan look and you can shop for wine related gifts, they also have meats and cheeses.  265 Laurel Ridge Rd.

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Townsend, Tennessee – Winter Not Much Happening

Knoxville to Townsend 33 miles – The above picture taken on the Foothills Parkway at Townsend

Hwy 321/Lamar Alexander Parkway is the main road through Townsend.  On each side of the road is a paved walking & bike trail it runs the length of the town, about 10 miles.

In 1900, Colonel W.B. Townsend purchased a large parcel of land and established a logging operation in what is now The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He built a band saw mill in Tuckaleechee Cove. The town that was formed in the vicinity of the Little River Lumber Company was named Townsend.

Little River Lumber Company Museum –  The Museum is housed in the former railroad depot.  The Museum has restored trains with plaques that describes the history.  They also have photos, tools and artifacts.  There is a replica of the Elkmont Post Office it is now a gift shop. www.littleriverrailroad.org

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A historical marker is in front of the Museum it reads:   This is the former site of the Little River Lumber Company mill complex. Founded in 1901 by Col. W.B. Townsend for whom this community is named, the company was one of the largest commercial lumber operations in the Smokies from 1901 to 1939.   7747 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center   The Heritage Centers mission is to preserve the heritage and culture of the inhabitants of the Smoky Mountains, which includes Native Americans, pioneers and residents of the Appalachian communities. The Center has over 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits. There are 2 cantilever barns, log cabin, a chapel, sawmill and a used still. There is a large collection of Native American artifacts.  Also, furniture, tools and musical instruments used by the mountain region folks. 123 Cromwell Dr. www.gsmheritagecenter.org

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Captain Dave’s Little River Artistry  from wonderful to weird, I liked the humor in some pieces and love the bears over his driveway.  Laughed when I spotted the toilet bowl. 125 Wears Valley Rd.

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There are several tubing businesses in Townsend.  There is Tube Junction, Cowboy Tubing, River Rage Tubing, River Rat Tubing and Jake’s on the River.  I was there in December so no tubing, but will go back in May when they re-open.

Smoky Mountains Visitor Center – 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Tuckaleechee Caverns825 Cavern Road – Open March 15 to Nov 15.
Indian Legend
According to legend, the Cherokee Indians knew of the Caverns and hid in them before the white man discovered them about 1850.

White Man Finds Caverns
The first white men began to settle in this area in the late 1700’s and the early 1800’s. Written reports tell of the discovery of the caverns by white man about the middle of the 19th century when sawmill workers watched water from a heavy rain pour into a sink hole in the area. The whole was filled with debris but one of the men found an opening in the rock and made his way to what is now the entrance of the caverns. The legend was taken from the website: www.tuckaleecheecaverns.com

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Apple Valley Country Store & Café – Apple Valley is actually 3 stores.  The Country Store has home and garden décor, fudge, jelly and souvenirs.  The Café serves breakfast & lunch.  Country Elegance Store has quilts, handbags, candles, lotions & jewelry. 7138 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

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Cades Cove Cellars – Open every day they have a complimentary wine tasting. They also have a gift shop with artwork, local pottery, jewelry, Sweetwater Valley cheeses and sausages.  I do not care for sweet wine so I did not try the wine, but I enjoyed the store. 7126 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

“What wine goes with Captain Crunch”?   George Carlin

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The Foothills Parkway is 10 miles from Townsend toward Maryville.  Look for the entrance on your left.  This section of the Parkway is 18 miles long with 16 overlooks.  One side looks toward the Mountains, the other side overlooks Maryville.  There is a trail to a Tower overlook.  The views from the Parkway are especially great in the fall.  I usually turn around at the tower as the other end tees at the lake and it is nothing special.

 

 

 

 

 

Sevierville, Tennessee – The historic side of Sevierville

McMahan Indian Mound – on Rivertrail Lane next to the Shoney’s Restaurant. There is a historic marker it reads: This Mississippian substructure, 16 ft. high and 240 ft. in circumference, built during the Dallas phase (1200-1500), was first excavated in 1881, with artifacts being sent to the Smithsonian. Later excavations exposed nearby villages of the Woodland Indian dating from 200 A.D. to the Cherokee who roamed this valley when pioneers settled in the late 1700’s.

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Sevierville Courthouse – Dolly Statue, Veterans Memorial and a historic marker about Isaac Dockery (1832 – 1910)

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Several historic markers on Main Street/U.S. 411 near Court Avenue, in front of the BB & T Building.  There are columns on the corners of Court Ave. with plaques.

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The historic markers are: James McMahan (1750-1831) – James Crawford Murphy (1807-1894) – Isaac Thomas (1735-1819) – Thomas Atchley (1755–1836)    

Harrisburg Covered Bridge – at the intersection of Old Covered Bridge Road and Harrisburg Road.

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There is a historic marker near the bridge it reads:   400 yards south, this bridge was built over the East Fork of the Little Pigeon River in 1875 by Elbert Stephenson Early, an area resident who owned Newport Mills. The bridge had deteriorated and its loss was threatened until it was restored in 1972 through the joint efforts of the Great Smokies Chapter and the Spencer Clack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Forbidden Caverns was known to the Eastern Woodland Indians hundreds of years ago.  Used for shelter, they used the flint and chert to make arrowheads, scrapers and knives.  During the twenties the cavern was used to make moonshine.  Tours take 55 minutes. Open April through November. 455 Blowing Cave Rd. Sevierville.    www.forbiddencavern.com

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Blowing Cave Mill – Turn right onto Blowing Cave Road.  The two and a half story frame structure features a raised limestone foundation, a gable roof, and four-over-four wood sash windows. Recently the owners have built a new trough and support to carry the water to the wheel.

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From the Mill turn right onto U.S. 411 to Bush’s Visitor Center about 4 miles.

Bush’s  Visitor Center is located in Chestnut Hill. It has the original general store A.J. Bush started the company in 1908.  The first thing he canned was tomatoes, baked beans came later in 1934. The theater has a short film showcasing the Bush’s Story.  There is a café and store selling souvenirs. 3901 U.S. 411, Dandridge

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Wears Valley, Tennessee – Mountain Views

Wears Valley is named after Samuel Wear (1753-1817), he erected a fort near the entrance to the valley what is now Pigeon Forge he was a Revolutionary War veteran. The original name of the valley was “Crowson Cove,” after its first settler, Aaron Crowson (1774–1849).

Wears Valley started as a farming community, but in the last few years, homes, businesses and RV Parks are building on the farm land.  I like progress but there has to be limit or the beauty of Wears Valley will be lost forever.  The Valley has a great view of the Mountains, but in some places homes are being built further up the mountain.

8:30am the foggy mist over the smokies.

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I like the rustic look of the stores in Wears Valley, some of my favorites are:

Harvest Moon – kettle corn, handmade candles, apple cider, jams & jellies, local honey and general store.  2881 Wears Valley Rd.

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Wears Valley General Store – snacks, collectibles, old-timey comic books, souvenirs, jam and sugar cured hams. 3239 Wears Valley Rd.

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Jakes Creek Distillery – Ten generations ago the McGinnis family lived in the Elkmont Settlement on Jakes Creek. Centuries of using one recipe with mountain water and homegrown corn in copper stills. 3303 Wears Valley Rd.

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Bears Valley Antiques – antiques, log cabin décor, vintage jewelry, soaps, gemstones – 3360 Wears Valley Rd.

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Mountain Brothers General Store –  inside they have a variety of things. outside they have a chainsaw craftsman making bears. 4149 Wears Valley Rd.

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Greenbrier School & Church on the National Register of Historic Places. From Wears Valley Rd turn on Lyon Springs Rd.  go 2 miles, when you see a couple of parking places by a gate on the left walk up the gravel road (if the gate is open its all right to drive up the road)greenbrier

Greenbrier was built in 1882, the building was used as a school and church until 1936.  The land   was donated by Gilbert Abbott, and the logs were provided by Ephraim Ogle and hauled to the site by oxen teams. Dozens of Little Greenbrier residents, gathered in January 1882 and raised the schoolhouse.  Classes were held in the Fall 1882.  Students throughout the Little River Valley attended the school, some making a 9-mile daily journey from the Meigs Mtn. community.  The school was also used for church services by a Primitive Baptist congregation, which established the cemetery. The schoolhouse, is one story with an attic, and measures approximately 20 by 30 feet. The walls are built of hewn poplar logs resting on a stone foundation.

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Cemetery by the school

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