Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The resorts at Elkmont, including the Wonderland and Appalachian clubs, helped expose the Smokies’ scenic beauty to a wide variety of influential visitors, and also provided gathering places for park boosters in the 1920s.
”I watched them dance at the Wonderland Club Hotel. I used to go down on Saturday night and watch them dance. We’d stay outside on the porch and you could look through the windows and see them dancing.”
—Winfred Ownby, Elkmont native
Erected by National Park Service, United States
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 35° 39.752′ N, 83° 35.37′ W. Marker is near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Elkmont Road 1.1 miles east of Fighting Creek Gap Road (Little River Gorge Road), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located within the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 4½ miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quite a Social Place (approx. ¾ mile away); The Appalachian Club (approx. ¾ mile away); Appalachian Clubhouse (approx. ¾ mile away); Elkmont Historic District: Appalachian Club (approx. ¾ mile away); Daisy Town's Eclectic Architecture (approx. 0.8 miles away); Back to Nature (approx. 0.8 miles away); Laurel Falls Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rare Mountain Forest (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gatlinburg.
Regarding Wonderland Hotel. Site is included within the Elkmont Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #94000166.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Elkmont Historic District
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1. Wonderland Hotel (Wikipedia). The Wonderland Hotel was built in 1911 at Elkmont, Tennessee by the Wonderland Club Company and was dismantled and partially preserved in 2005 by the National Park Service. It burned down in early 2016. The Wonderland Hotel was a two-story wood frame structure, built from local materials, including large chestnut boards harvested nearby. The steps to the Hotel originally started at the Little River Railroad tracks and went to the top of the hill that the hotel sat upon where river rocks were cemented into the top of the stairs spelling out the word "Wonderland". (Submitted on May 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Elkmont, Tennessee: Resort town. In 1911, Townsend gave Charles Carter several acres of land on a hill overlooking Elkmont with the stipulation that Carter build on it within one year. In 1912, Carter made good on the promise when he opened the Wonderland Hotel. Billed as a resort lodge, the hotel contained 50 rooms with an extensive balcony looking out over the valley and Meigs Mountain. As membership in the Appalachian Club proved remarkably difficult to obtain, several rejected Knoxvillians purchased the Wonderland Hotel site and formed the Wonderland Club in 1919. Along with the hotel, 10 or so cottages were erected on (Submitted on May 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.