Sevierville (pronounced Se-VEER-ville) was named for John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. Settlers began arriving to Sevier County in 1781, while the county was still a part of North Carolina. The first settlements were on Dumplin Creek along the route of the Great Indian Warpath. One of the first forts built in Sevier County, "Henry's Station" was one of the most important spots in the county's history, as it became the starting point for settlers heading south of the French Broad River. In 1785, the Treaty of Dumplin Creek was signed here by Chief's of the Cherokee Nation and John Sevier, opening land south of the Holston and French Broad Rivers to white settlers, however in 1782, before the signing, settlers began crossing the French Broad, building cabins along the Little Pigeon River and Boyd's Creek.
By 1785, "Forks of Little Pigeon" had blossomed into a fairly large settlement and became established by the territorial legislature as the county seat. Sevier County's second register of deeds, James McMahan, received a 400 acre land grant that commissioners acquired as the county seat. Today, most of this 400 acres is now the heart of downtown Sevierville.
The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration designated Sevier County as an official U.S. Bicentennial Community on August 16, 1974, becoming the fifth community in Tennessee to attain Bicentennial status. On April 19, 1975 Sevier County celebrated it's Bicentennial with the dedication of the newly restored courthouse.
The Smoky Mountains quickly became a key tourist attraction and Sevierville grew into a city that accommodates area guests with a unique hometown hospitality. A big part of the city's heritage has been in hosting travelers, so it seems natural for tourism to be one of the biggest occupations today. The atmosphere in Sevierville is friendly, relaxed, and fun. Downtown features a beautiful brick courthouse with a four-sided Seth Thomas clock that still chimes every half hour. A bronze statue of Sevierville's own Dolly Parton adorns the courthouse lawn. And the entire downtown area encompasses Sevierville's historic district, where a walking tour unfolds the history of the nation and its expansion westward. Sevierville also keeps the modern traveler in mind, with accommodations ranging from family motels to romantic mountain hideaways. Shopping is some of the best in the Southeast. Offerings ranging from mountain crafts to antique emporiums to outlet malls featuring famous brands. There are restaurants for any taste, from fast food to fine dining, and outdoor activities including tennis, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and golf. Sevierville is also an ideal business location, especially for the tourism industry. More than 11 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year, and Sevierville is located at the crossroads of the major highways entering the park from Tennessee. The workforce is solid and reliable. Sevierville has proven to be a successful location for service businesses, manufacturers, and suppliers to the building and retail trades. Schools are above average, and almost 60 percent of high school graduates are college-bound. Healthcare includes one local hospital and five major medical centers in nearby Knoxville. Sevierville is located in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Take Exit 407 off Interstate 40 just outside of Knoxville, and downtown Sevierville is 10 minutes away on Highway 66. For a more scenic route, try U. S. 441 South from Knoxville or 441 North from Cherokee, N. C. U. S. 411 also connects through Sevierville and provides a journey through the East Tennessee foothills. Knoxville's McGee/Tyson Airport is less than an hour away, with over 90 commercial flights a day. The Sevierville/Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Aviation Center can accommodate a variety of private aircraft and has full service and maintenance facilities.
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