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Fountain City United Methodist Church

Fountain Head Campground

 
 
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By Donald Raby, June 27, 2010
1. Fountain Head Campground Marker
Inscription.  
Fountain City
United Methodist Church
Founded in 1825
In 1824, E.F. Sevier, grandson of Gov. John Sevier, came to this area as a Methodist circuit rider. By 1825, a plot of ground was secured and Fountain Head became a "preaching place." A log meeting house (c 1828) was built followed by a white frame church (1845). The church, campground, hotel, "the Dummy line" train, and lake nearby all made Fountain Head a popular resort by 1891. A red brick church was built in 1892 with the new name, Fountain City Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Reverse:
Fountain Head Campground
1833-1885
In 1851 Fountain Head Methodist Episcopal Church South purchased the Fountain Head Campground, a 12 acre wooded grove with a large spring. The Daily Press and Herald reported this scene in 1869: "All was peaceful since the war with white tents, wagons and buggies dotting the grove. Early devotions, two daytime services and the last at 'early candle light' called campers to the white Methodist church. On Sunday 2000 were in attendance. This campground is now Fountain City Park.
 
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By Donald Raby, June 27, 2010
2. Fountain Head Campground Marker
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Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E 112.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
 
Location. 36° 2.182′ N, 83° 56.003′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on Hotel Road 0.1 miles west of Broadway Street (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Hotel Rd, Knoxville TN 37918, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Adair (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Adair (approx. ¾ mile away); Mary Frances Housley (approx. one mile away); Norris Freeway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mr. Anderson's Log College (approx. 3.3 miles away); Speedway Circle (approx. 4.2 miles away); Knoxville National Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
More about this marker. Reverse of Marker gives information about the founding of the Fountain City UMC.
 
Regarding Fountain City United Methodist Church. The Park has been the meeting place of thousands through the years. Grand Army of the Republic veterans were here in 1890. It is now a great place to walk and play and
Fountain City Park entrance image. Click for full size.
By Donald Raby, June 27, 2010
3. Fountain City Park entrance
picnic with family and friends. The fountain head is a spring in the back of the park that is the head of First Creek.
 
Additional keywords. Fountain City Park, Dummy Line, Fountain Head Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2010, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 925 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 3, 2010, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2010, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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