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Have you ever been curious to know more about Sevierville’s rich history? Well, we are here to feed your curiosity. We have put together a brief history of our beloved hometown in the Smokies! So, maybe the next time you visit you’ll feel a little more at home.
First, let us give you a brief description of the landscape so you can envision our home in the Smokies. Situated at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the signature hilly terrain combined with the rushing Pigeon River makes for an enchanting scene.
The area was once inhabited by the Cherokee Indians who used the land primarily for hunting grounds and around the mid-18th century, the first European settlers came to the area known today as Sevier County. In 1794, the town was named after Col. John Sevier, a leading figure in Tennessee history. And the very first Sevier County Courthouse was built in 1796!
The town continued to grow and with that came several large farms. The river provided a means to transport goods and using flat boats trading expanded in our small town. Distilleries were also a popular means of supplemental income during the early 19th century. By the 1880s, Sevierville began to grow rapidly.
In 1934, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park was established. The areas surrounding the Park, including Sevierville, became a dream tourist destination. Our hometown girl, Dolly Parton, also helped in bringing fame to the area. Today, approximately 12 million people visit Sevierville annually. The rich history, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Pigeon River, the incredible shopping, and many fun attractions make Sevierville a great place to vacation. Next time you visit our hometown in the Smokies, make sure to learn and experience the history firsthand.
Experience the history for yourself!
- You can see the archaeological exhibit of East Tennessee’s first inhabitants at the Sevier County Heritage Museum in historic downtown Sevierville.
- Discover Sevierville’s Walking Tour
Read more about Sevierville’s rich history here.