New Salem Baptist Church in Sevierville. Earliest surviving brick church in the county.

This 1886 church is Sevierville's oldest surviving public building and the only church in Sevier County to be built for and by its African-American congregation. From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: "Isaac Dockery, an African American brickmason and builder, was born a freeman in the Jones Cove community of Sevier County. Dockery moved … Continue reading New Salem Baptist Church in Sevierville. Earliest surviving brick church in the county.

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Historic Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The Old Mill is the only structure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee listed on the National Register of Historic Places The Old Mill is the only structure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

This route follows the Little Pigeon River to Trillium Gap. No trucks, trailers or RVs are allowed. The road leads to the John Messer Barn and the trailhead to Ramsay Cascades, arguably the best waterfall in the Park. The hike is 8 miles roundtrip and is challenging. A lesser visited area of the Park, the … Continue reading Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

Aging Ole Smoky Moonshine

Thanks for the Ole Smoky recipe

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It is legal to buy Ole Smoky Moonshine at your local liquor store.  The product is offered by the makers of the television show, Moonshiners, through the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located in Gatlinburg, TN.  There are likely a couple flavors available, but the 100 proof Ole Smokey moonshine is a good choice.  It is a little higher in octane than most other spirits and from the show.  For under $20, you can purchase a 750 ml bottle.  Sold in a Mason jar, the flavor is bold.  It taste just as you would expect moonshine to taste.  You will feel like you could breathe fire directly from your mouth.

If you have an Oak Barrel that you have used for aging another spirit for a few weeks, that other spirit will be deeply soaked into the oak.  While it is possible to remove the other spirits by soaking in water…

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Ogle log cabin

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a place which boasts a very rich history. Of course, all the attractions and shops lining the Gatlinburg Parkway are fun, but behind all the touristy stuff lies quite a few historic sites you can visit to experience the essence of what makes our quaint Smoky Mountain town so special. In about … Continue reading Ogle log cabin

Andrew Johnson Historic Site

Andrew Johnson was presided over the American government during the turbulent years immediately following the Civil War. He did not fare well, nearly becoming the first president removed from office by Congress. The Andrew Johnson Historic Site in Greeneville is a place that puts in perspective his life and the era in which he lived. … Continue reading Andrew Johnson Historic Site

Mingus Mill

Just a few hundred feet off of US441, and just a 1/2 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor's Center you'll find the Mingus Mill. The mill still works and is water powered (it is not a water wheel). The Park Service Volunteers grind both wheat and corn and sell the fruit of their labor. Youngsters … Continue reading Mingus Mill

Dolly’s Hometown Tour

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 … Continue reading Dolly’s Hometown Tour

Odis Clinton Abbott

We had one of the best trips to Cades Cove we have ever had.  We stopped at the Primitive Baptist Chursh on our loop tour.  We met a man that was born in Cades Cove and lived there until he was 13 years old.  He was born in 1919.  The mans name was Odis Clinton … Continue reading Odis Clinton Abbott

The Old Mill Square History

History of The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee In the early 1800's, a water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main hubs of activity in the small mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In those days, the mill faithfully produced the meals and flours that were crucial for … Continue reading The Old Mill Square History