Take this interesting tour to see the sites and places that played an important part in Dolly Parton’s early years and early career.
103 Joy St. Sevierville, TN 37862 – The Pines Theater was Sevierville’s first movie theater. Opened in 1944 with capacity just over 700, the Pines featured first run movies, action movie double features and Saturday westerns. The Pines also offered live shows on Friday nights. Dolly Parton also gave her first performance to a paying audience here in the mid 1950s during a “Cas Walker Amateur Hour” show. The Pines Theater closed in 1957, and the building is now home to BJ’s Florist and the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry Thrift Store. However, Dollywood has created a tribute to the Pines Theater in their Jukebox Junction area of the park and offers live shows daily.
126 Court Ave # 202 Sevierville, TN 37862 – The statue is a life-size bronze, part of a 28-stop downtown walking tour of Dolly’s hometown. Nearly everyone claims to know her personally. Under a shady tree, the figure by artist Jim Gray depicts the young, starry-eyed Dolly, barefoot, sitting on a rock with her guitar. Her father would often go downtown in the evenings to clean the statue honoring his little girl located on the courthouse lawn.
441 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862 – Today’s Goodwill store in Sevierville, TN was yesterday’s Cas Walker Grocery store. An East TN legend, Cas Walker was known for his outlandish publicity stunts like throwing live chickens from the roof of his grocery store, dropping coupons from a crop duster plane and burying daredevils alive in the parking lot. Cas Walker is also known for giving Dolly Parton her start – and her first paying gigs – on the Cas Walker Amateur Hour show at The Pines Theater in the mid 1950s.
1200 Dolly Parton Pkwy Sevierville, TN 37862 – Sevier County High School is the alma mater of Dolly Parton. A 1964 graduate, Dolly was a member of the SCHS marching band, in which she played the drums.
1020 Dollywood Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 – In 1986 Dolly partnered with the Herschend family to create Dollywood Theme Park in Sevierville. Dolly had a desire to do something for the people of her hometown. The theme park was a way of creating many new jobs, enhancing tourism, and offering both entertainment in her hometown and opportunity for entertainers to have a stage to develop their own talents as she had in Sevierville, Tn.
3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway Kodak, TN 37764 – Sevierville Visitors center
110 Gary Wade Blvd. Sevierville, TN 37862 – Sevierville Chamber of Commerce