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When attending our Hamfest , Sevierville is a great place for the Family as well, to enjoy while at our Hamfest.
Founded in 1795 and incorporated in 1901, Sevierville, (pronounced Se-VEER-ville) was named for John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. It is the oldest and largest of Sevier County’s four cities and is the eighth oldest town in Tennessee. More than just a beautiful place for a vacation, Sevierville is a community with a proud heritage and history. One of its most enduring symbols is the classic white clock tower on the 105-year-old Sevier County Courthouse with a clock that strikes every half hour in the time-honored tradition. The statue of Dolly Parton on the courthouse lawn was sculpted by local artist Jim Gray and unveiled by Miss Parton herself on May 2, 1987, with her parents in attendance. There’s also a statue on the courthouse lawn in remembrance of our veterans. About 200 years ago, Sevierville was no more than a small rural community with one church, two mills, one tavern, one trading post, two lawyers and a stable for a courthouse. It was a stopping off point for settlers heading West toward the frontier, and as East Tennessee was settled, Sevierville became an important trading and commercial city. The city celebrated its bicentennial in 1995. Sevierville, the county seat of Sevier County, is the first city many people see when they arrive in the Smokies. Just minutes from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville combines a relaxed hometown atmosphere with ready access to hundreds of vacation attractions and recreational opportunities. Over the years, Sevierville, as the county seat, has known five different courthouses, with the last being built in 1895-96 for $22,000. The courthouse was later renovated in 1970-74 for $577,000 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places
Sevierville is located in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Smokies. Take Exit 407 off Interstate 40, about 18 miles east of Knoxville. For a more scenic route, try U.S. 441 South from Knoxville or 441 North from Cherokee, N. C. U. S. 411 also connects through Sevierville and provides a journey through the East TN foothills. Knoxville’s McGee/Tyson Airport is about an hour away, with over 90 commercial flights a day. The Sevierville-Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Aviation Center can accommodate a variety of private aircraft and has full service and maintenance facilities.
Sevierville has preserved its southern charm and the quaint personality of a small, historic town. The atmosphere in Sevierville is friendly, relaxed, and fun. . And the entire downtown area encompasses Sevierville’s historic district, where a walking tour unfolds the history of the nation and its expansion westward.Sevierville also keeps the modern traveler in mind, with accommodations ranging from family motels to romantic mountain hideaways. Shopping is some of the best in the Southeast. Offerings range from mountain crafts to antique emporiums to outlet malls featuring famous brands.There are restaurants for any taste, from fast food to fine dining, and outdoor activities include tennis, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and golf, and much more !
Sevierville is one of those rare cities where you can honestly say that it’s a nice place to visit — and live. It’s often been called “your hometown in the Smokies.”
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Sevierville and Sevier County both take their name from John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. A native of Virginia, Sevier first came to prominence during the Revolutionary War, when he led the Overmountain Men to victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain. After serving as brigadier general of the Southwest Territory, John Sevier was elected governor of the newly formed state of Tennessee, a position he held for six terms. Sevier is also famous for his bitter rivalry with Andrew Jackson, a feud that nearly culminated in a duel in 1803!
Before Tennessee existed, Sevier County briefly formed part of “The Lost State of Franklin.” Named after Benjamin Franklin, this territory in modern-day Northeast Tennessee petitioned Congress to become America’s 14th state in 1785. When their bid for statehood was rejected, Franklin thumbed its nose at the federal government and essentially became an autonomous nation with its own constitution and court system.
John Sevier served as Franklin’s governor, where he earned an annual salary of 1,000 deer skins, as the state had no paper or coin currency. The experiment in self-rule ended in 1788 after North Carolina re-assumed control of the region. The new state of Tennessee was admitted to the Union in 1796.
The Civil War was the most trying time in the history of Sevierville TN. Although Tennessee had joined the Confederacy in 1861, the Smoky Mountain area was a bastion of abolitionist and pro-Union sentiment. In fact, Sevierville was home to a relatively large community of free African Americans. During the war, the residents of Sevierville suffered from frequent looting, harassment, and confiscation of property at the hands of both Union and Confederate troops.
Dolly Parton is undeniably Sevierville’s most famous resident. Born in 1946, the fourth of twelve children, Dolly was raised in a two-room cabin in Locust Ridge. As a child, Parton performed on local radio and TV shows in nearby Knoxville. After graduating from high school, Dolly moved to Nashville where she launched an incredible career in country music that has spanned five decades. Despite her success, Parton never forgot where she came from and has helped make her hometown the popular vacation destination it is today. As a way of saying thank you, the city of Sevierville erected a statue in Dolly’s honor in front of the Sevier County Courthouse in 1987.
The Lodge at Five Oaks has its origins in 1925 when Dr. John W. Ogle and his wife Blanche purchased around 128 acres in Sevierville. They named their farm “Five Oaks” after the five small oak trees that John planted in the front yard. Dr. Ogle traveled to most of his patients on horseback, so he wanted a home that was near the center of Sevier County. The Ogles’ estate was famous for its beautiful farm house, Tennessee Walking Horses, and welcoming atmosphere.
Sevierville is fun. Our attractions range from museums warbird aircraft to NASCAR themed go-kart tracks, underground cave tours, petting zoos and even interactive mini-golf courses. There is so much to see and do in Sevierville.