Dollywood

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Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain family adventure, is Tennessee’s number one attraction with more than 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the variety of rides, from thrilling roller coasters and daring water excursions to family rides and things for the little ones. Experience the Smoky Mountain way of life through heritage crafts made on site. You’ll love the award-winning entertainment and toe-tapping music.

There’s a new festival each season, so come back to enjoy them all. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations offers five weeks of international cultural events. Come hungry for Barbecue & Bluegrass in May and June, featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music and the country’s tastiest barbecue. The whole family will enjoy fun-filled days at Dollywood’s Great American Summer. Southern gospel music and master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Bring the entire family to make new memories at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I have heard that there is so much more to Dollywood than an amusement park. I have not made it there yet, but we plan on going to Dollywood to see the shows and entertainment. There is even a kennel for your dogs. I read somewhere that Dolly Parton wanted to give back to her home town by building this amusement park. I believe the park is closed January – March.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/

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Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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This museum is located in Dollywood, but there is no extra fee to visit. It chronicles the history of Southern Gospel music and has sections of the museum dedicated to different artists and eras. Each year, the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame inductions are held at Dollywood so it draws in a lot of different people.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Park Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/rides/Southern-Gospel-Museum-and-Hall-of-Fame.aspx

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 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 dollystatuedowntown 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