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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sevierville, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Sevier County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Sevier County, TN (107) Blount County, TN (68) Cocke County, TN (17) Jefferson County, TN (37) Knox County, TN (201) Haywood County, NC (47) Swain County, NC (68)  SevierCounty(107) Sevier County (107)  BlountCounty(68) Blount County (68)  CockeCounty(17) Cocke County (17)  JeffersonCounty(37) Jefferson County (37)  KnoxCounty(201) Knox County (201)  HaywoodCountyNorth Carolina(47) Haywood County (47)  SwainCounty(68) Swain County (68)
Sevierville is the county seat for Sevier County
Sevierville is in Sevier County
      Sevier County (107)  
      Blount County (68)  
      Cocke County (17)  
      Jefferson County (37)  
      Knox County (201)  
      Haywood County, North Carolina (47)  
      Swain County, North Carolina (68)  
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1Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 31 — "Old Dutch Settlement"
Here was an early German settlement. First settlers were Jacob Derrick, Jacob Bird, and Adam Fox. A fort stood on Derrick's land nearby. Mark Fox was killed by Indians on Muddy Creek, 1787; he was buried in Fox Cemetery. An early Lutheran church is . . . Map (db m40732) HM
2Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Battle of Boyd's Creek
This shaft marks the site of the battle of Boyd's Creek Dec. 16, 1780 Gen. John Sevier and his command of East Tennessee pioneers defeated with heavy loss to the enemy. A large force of Cherokee Indians who had attacked the settlers while he . . . Map (db m171522) HM
3Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Battle of Fair Garden — Furious Clash of Cavalry
On January 25, 1864, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet ordered Gen. William T. Martin to eject Union cavalry from an area south of the French Broad River stretching from Dandridge to the Little Pigeon River. The next day, Union Gen. Samuel D. . . . Map (db m110558) HM
4Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Dolly Parton — Tennessee Music Pathways —
Distinguished as a singer, songwriter, actor, businesswoman and philanthropist, Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time, and among the best-selling country artists of the post World War II era. She opened one of the . . . Map (db m184490) HM
5Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Dwight and Kate Wade House — National Register of Historic Places
This Property Has Been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m135189) HM
6Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 14 — Forks of Little Pigeon Church
100 yds, N. E. this Baptist Church, established 1789, was reportedly the first of any denomination in Sevier County. Spencer Clack, Revolutionary veteran was first church clerk; Richard Wood; first pastor until his death in 1831. The Church moved to . . . Map (db m62675) HM
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7Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 14 — Forks of Little Pigeon Church
100 yards N.E. this Baptist Church, established 1789, was reportedly the first of any denomination in Sevier County. Spencer Clack, a Revolutionary veteran, was first church clerk; Richard Wood first pastor until his death in 1831. The . . . Map (db m17100) HM
8Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Forks of the Little Pigeon Cemetery
This churchyard is one of the oldest Baptist churchyards in Tennessee, (Established in 1789). It is the final resting place for many prominent pioneers. Deeded to the City of Sevierville by The First Baptist Church of Sevierville in 1975. It was . . . Map (db m17110) HM
9Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Forks of The River Cemetery Park
Established in 1976 as a community bicentennial project, this park is significant because it is both the final resting place for several early settlers and decision makers and it is one of the last undeveloped areas that was part of the State of . . . Map (db m38417) HM
10Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Harrisburg Covered Bridge
The Harrisburg Covered Bridge, located in Sevier County, Tennessee, was built by Elbert Stephenson Early in 1875 and restored in 1972. That restoration was a joint effort through the Great Smokies Chapter and the Spencer Clark Chapter of the . . . Map (db m40731) HM
11Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 55 — Harrisburg Covered Bridge
400 yards south, this bridge was built over the East Fork of the Little Pigeon River in 1875 by Elbert Stephenson Early, an area resident who owned Newport Mills. The bridge had deteriorated and its loss was threatened until it was restored in 1972 . . . Map (db m82601) HM
12Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Historic Jail Bars
On March 31, 1856, Sheriff Lemuel Duggan accidentally started a fire that destroyed the courthouse and adjacent jail, 41 houses, most businesses, and valuable county records. A 13-year-old inmate perished. Witnesses never forgot the dying screams of . . . Map (db m184599) HM
13Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Hon. Lieut. Spencer Clack — 1740-1832
Pioneer settler of Sevier Co. Named Sevier Co. for his friend the great John Sevier Member Convention 1796 Member Legislature 1801 Served under Gen. Washington in Revolutionary War Erected by The Spencer Clack Chapter Daughters of The . . . Map (db m135190) HM WM
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14Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 81 — Isaac Dockery — 1832 - 1910
A native of Sevier County, Isaac Dockery, an African-American brick maker and mason, established brick kilns near Sevierville. After the Civil War, he built or made bricks for many buildings in Sevierville including the Masonic Lodge (1893), New . . . Map (db m82669) HM
15Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Isaac Thomas — 1735 - 1819
A soldier of the American Revolution, Isaac Thomas guided John Sevier's army to King's Mountain as well as serving with him in many battles against the Indians. Believed to be the first permanent white settler in this area, Thomas lived with and . . . Map (db m82670) HM
16Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — James Crawford Murphy — 1807-1894
Benefactor of Murphy College 1890-1936, for whom it was named, this prominent farmer and merchant first come to Sevierville as a tanner in 1833. He returned again to Sevier county 1847 with his wife, Mary “Polly” Smith (1811-1894), . . . Map (db m52079) HM
17Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — James McMahan — 1750 -1831
First Register of deeds of Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1796, James McMahan set aside the original twenty-five acres for the creation of the township at "The Forks of The Little Pigeon" in 1795. An immigrant from Ireland, McMahan was married to . . . Map (db m17107) HM
18Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 44 — John Porter McCown
Born 1/4 mi. SE, Aug. 19 1815. Graduate USMA, 1840. Brevetted captain at Cerro Gordo, Mexican War. Resigned 1861 for the Confederacy; rose to rank of major general. Commanded at New Madrid, Madrid Bend, Island No. 10 and later East Tenn. Dept. . . . Map (db m82671) HM
19Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 88 — Knoxville, Sevierville & Eastern Railway — (KS & E)
The eastern terminal of this 28-mile shortline stood southwest of this site. It was established in 1907 by Knoxville industrialist W.J. Oliver and constructed by his firm. The KS & E and its successor companies were dubbed "Knoxville, Slow & . . . Map (db m82672) HM
20Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 80 — Lewis C. Buckner — circa 1856-1924
Born a slave, Lewis C. Buckner worked as a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and house builder in Sevier County after the Civil War. The talented African-American craftsman hand-carved elaborate furniture, mantels, staircases, and the exterior trim and . . . Map (db m184600) HM
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21Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 13 — Nancy Academy
Founded on this site in 1806, this school was named for Nancy Rogers, first white child born south of French Broad River. First trustees were James Reagan Hopkins Lacey, Thomas Hill, Allen Bryant, Isaac Love. The Legislature authorized a lottery to . . . Map (db m17195) HM
22Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — New Salem Baptist Church — Built 1886
Built as a Union church for the worship of any denomination that chose to use it. Leaders in the church movement were Isaac Dockery, Alf McMahan, John Burden, Mrs. Addie McMahan, Mrs. Nancy Coleman and Witt McMahan. Squire and Mrs. Bob . . . Map (db m133837) HM
23Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C-86 — New Salem Baptist Church
Isaac Dockery, an African-American artisan, along with African-American families of Sevierville, built New Salem Baptist Church in 1886. It is Sevierville's oldest surviving building and the county's oldest brick church and only historic . . . Map (db m133730) HM
24Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevier County Veterans — Past - Present -Future
Dedicated to the Sevier County Veterans Past - Present - Future Nov. 11, 1995 Vernon Dale Gillespie, Sculptor Separate Marker: Honor list of dead Sevier Countians who have given their lives during and since World War I . . . Map (db m17159) WM
25Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevierville — Court Avenue
Regarded as the heart of Sevierville's historic commercial district, the buildings on Court Avenue were constructed after the courthouse was completed in 1896. They have been occupied continually by various businesses through the years. Originally . . . Map (db m184569) HM
26Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevierville — Floods & Fires
Because of its proximity to the rivers, Sevierville was vulnerable to devastating floods from its founding until the late 1960s. As if flooding wasn't enough, disastrous fires have also plagued the town. The oldest record of a major flood was . . . Map (db m184570) HM
27Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevierville — Bruce Street
Bruce Street is one of three prominent streets in Sevierville's historic commercial district. It was named in honor of Bruce McMahan who lived in a house built by his grandfather, James Wellington McMahan, benefactor of the original 25 acres for the . . . Map (db m184571) HM
28Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevierville — Old Slow & Easy
Sevierville's first train was the Knoxville, Sevierville, and Eastern Railway (KS&E). It was notoriously behind schedule and quickly earned the nickname “Old Slow and Easy” because the train averaged only 11 miles an hour, due to many stops along . . . Map (db m184572) HM
29Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Sevierville — Civil War Skirmish
When the Civil War erupted, William Holland Thomas rallied companies of men to fight with him in the Confederate Army. Thomas was adopted into the Cherokee tribe by Native American Chief Yonaguska. Thomas was later appointed chief of the Quallatown . . . Map (db m184573) HM
30Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1B44 — Sevierville
Settled about 1783, this town, first called "Forks of Little Pigeon," was organized as county seat of Sevier Co.,1795. Indian trader, Isaac Thomas' home was first courthouse, fort and tavern. Jas. McMahon gave 25 acre tract for the town, which . . . Map (db m17102) HM
31Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 32 — Sweden Furnace
5 miles northwest, this was first called Short Mountain Furnace, using local orebank ore. Started about 1820 by Robert Shields; William K. Love and brothers operated it about 1830. Micajah C. Rogers bought it and changed its name in 1836. It closed . . . Map (db m100497) HM
32Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — The Great Indian Warpath
The Great Indian Warpath ← Map (db m169715) HM
33Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — The Mayors of the City of Sevierville
Several attempts were made in the incorporation of the city of Sevierville since its founding in 1795, but it was not until 1901 that a continuous chartered city government was established. Ambrose M. Paine was elected Sevierville's first mayor on . . . Map (db m52081) HM
34Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — 1C 69 — The McMahan Indian Mound
This Mississippian substructure,16 ft. high and 240 circumference, built during the Dallas phase (1200-1500), was first excavated in 1881, with artifacts being sent to the Smithsonian. Later excavations exposed nearby villages of the Woodland . . . Map (db m17194) HM
35Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Thomas Atchley — 1755-1836
A soldier of the colonial army of 1776, and a veteran of the American Revolution, 1776-1781, Thomas Atchley served alongside private Andrew Jackson in 1794 under the command of Brigadier General James Robertson in the Indian Wars of the lower . . . Map (db m17103) HM
36Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Timothy Reagan — 1750 - 1830
A soldier of The American Revolution, Timothy Reagan fought in the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 with Major General Marquis de Lafayette where both men were wounded in 1795, Reagan forged into the wilderness of The Middle Creek area of Sevier County . . . Map (db m17105) HM
37Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — Wheatlands
Built in 1825 Wheatlands Est. 1791 National Registry of Historic PlacesMap (db m184601) HM
38Tennessee (Sevier County), Sevierville — William M. Whaley — 1789-1880
One of the many volunteers of the War of 1812 which earned Tennessee its nickname, William Whaley came to Sevier County in 1810. A farmer and later Baptist minister, Whaley married in 1811 Mary Ann Ogle (1793-1880). A resident of the White Oak Flats . . . Map (db m52080) HM
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Nov. 30, 2022