Near Dandridge in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
One-half mile south, on Seehorn Creek, the first Stokely Brothers cannery was built in 1898 with $3,900 invested by Colonel Alfred R. Swann, Anna Rorex Stokely, and her sons, James and John. In the 30 ~ by ~ 60 ~ foot shed, 4,000 cases of tomatoes were canned that summer, hauled by wagon to a landing on the Stokely farm and shipped to market by boat.
The Stokely Brothers canning operation grew to become one of America's largest companies with 4,500 full-time employees and almost $600 million in annual sales. Known for its canned pork~and~beans, Stokely~Van Camp was the first marketer of the sports drink, Gatorade. In 1983, the Quaker Oats Company purchased Stokely~Van Camp for $238 million.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1C87.)
Location. 36° 1.447′ N, 83° 18.307′ W. Marker is near Dandridge, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 25W/70 and Swansylvania Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 25W/70. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dandridge TN 37725, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pine Chapel (here, next to this marker); Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jefferson County / Cocke County (approx. 4.7 miles away); Kimbrough's Crossroads (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Dike That Saved Dandridge (approx. 6.1 miles away); Attack on Dandridge (approx. 6.2 miles away); Battle of Dandridge (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dandridge.
Categories. • 20th Century • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
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