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.
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.
Wears Valley General Store – snacks, collectibles, old-timey comic books, souvenirs, jam and sugar cured hams. 3239 Wears Valley Rd.
Part of the General Store
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.
Bears Valley Antiques – antiques, log cabin décor, vintage jewelry, soaps, gemstones – 3360 Wears Valley Rd.
Mountain Brothers General Store – inside they have a variety of things. outside they have a chainsaw craftsman making bears. 4149 Wears Valley Rd.
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 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.
Cemetery by the school