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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