History of Sevier County, Tennessee




Every year, millions of people come to our area to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. Our area is full of interesting history that people may or may not be aware of, and how rich and abundant that history is in this area. Such history helps to create a truly unique community and area, and today, we want to give people an opportunity to learn some of this history of Sevier County, and how it continues to influence our area’s culture and communities.

Prior to the 18th Century, Sevier County was largely inhabited by nomadic and semi-nomadic Native American tribes, including the Muskeogan tribes, and then the Cherokee by the 17th Century. Spanish explorers, such as Hernando De Soto and Juan Pardo also first visited this area during the 16th Century. In the mid-18th Century, settlers began to arrive into what would become known as Sevier County.

On September 18, 1794, Sevier County was formed from a part of neighboring Jefferson County, and was named after U.S. Brigadier General John Sevier, who also was the Governor of the one-time State of Franklin, which bordered modern-day Tennessee and North Carolina, and then was Governor of Tennessee. Sevier played a large role in settling the area, and in 1795, the county seat of Sevierville was established.

During the Civil War, Sevier County had divided loyalties between the Union and the Confederacy, but was largely pro-Union on part of many people in the area at the start of hostilities. Both Union and Confederate forces fought frequent skirmishes throughout the area, as each side jockeyed for control of the area,including nearby Knoxville, which was a strategic focus during the war, especially later into the conflict.

After the war, Sevier County continued to grow and expand on through the start of the 20th Century. In 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park officially opened, along with the completion of U.S. Highway 441 to Sevierville and then into North Carolina, shortly thereafter. This led to ten of thousands of tourists to come and visit the area, which now numbers in millions of people that visit our area every year. Tourism is now the largest part of the local economy in Sevier County, and continues to grow to this day. A large part of this tourism every year also centers around Dollywood, the theme park named after the world-famous singer and entertainer, Dolly Parton, who is a Sevier County native.

Today, Sevier County remains steeped in its unique history, while also welcoming many to the area to see the wonder of the Smokies, the many attractions of the area, and much, much more. There are numerous other events each year, as well, involving the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

With such a unique area as Sevier County, it is no wonder why so many people decide to come to visit this area each year, and possibly even making this area their home. Why not see what else the Smokies can offer you today? Please feel free Our Featured Properties and see what The Jason White Team do for you and your home ownership needs today! You can also browse our Team page to learn more about us, and also visit our Facebook page to “Like” The Jason White Team today!


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