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Named after the first Govenor of Tennessee, Sevierville and Sevier county were originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians.
By 1833 the town had a population of 150.
By the 1880s, Sevierville was growing rapidly as the population of Sevier County swelled. In 1887, the town had four general stores, two groceries, a jeweler, a sawmill, and two hotels. It was also home to the Sevierville Lumber Company, which had recently been established to harvest trees in the area.
Tourists also started to trickle into Sevier County, drawn by the health-restoring qualities of mountain springs. Resorts sprang up throughout the county, with Seaton Springs and Henderson Springs located just south of Sevierville.
In 1910, Indiana entrepreneur William J. Oliver finished work on the Knoxville, Sevierville and Eastern Railroad, which was Sevier County's first standard gauge rail line. Known as the Smoky Mountain Railroad, this line offered passenger service between Knoxville and Sevierville until 1962.
With the opening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, tens of thousands of tourists began passing through Sevierville, which was situated about halfway between the park and Knoxville. US-441, initially known as the Smoky Mountain Highway, was completed to Sevierville in 1934, and later extended to North Carolina.
Country music singer Dolly Parton was born in Sevierville in 1946. The Parton family migrated to Greenbrier sometime around 1850, and later moved toLocust Ridge (near Pittman Center) after establishment of the national park.
Like other towns situated along the Parkway in Sevier County, Sevierville has reaped the benefits of the burgeoning tourism industry brought on by the development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As of 2004, nearly fifty percent of businesses based in Sevierville were linked to tourism. For example, there are over 2,000 hotel and motel rooms in the city today, generating more than $500,000(USD) in hotel-motel tax revenues each year.
In spite of the local tourism boom, however, Sevierville is still the most traditional community in the county. With almost twice the population of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg combined, local industry accounts for twenty percent of the city's economy, and most of the practical services of daily life, such as hospitals and car dealerships, are found nowhere else in the county.
Attractions in Sevierville
Nascar Speed Park: Do you have the need for speed? Well then Nascar Speed Park is just the ticket! Come enjoy the thrill while you drive a Nascar inspired go-cart, available for all ages, or you can play games inside at the arcade. This makes a great birthday venue or family outing.
Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo: A trip to the zoo could never be more fun. Here, you have a zoo specifically showcasing animals that live in the rainforest and some from the “down under”. Listen and learn about unique animals during a group presentation while a staff member reveals specially selected animals. Then, take a walk around the indoors zoo to get a closer look at more of the rainforest species.
Five Oaks Riding Stables: Let the horse be your guide, while you visit Five Oaks Riding Stables. Accompanied by a professional tour guide and horse handler, you will be led on horseback through mountainous trails. Take in the scenic looks for ˝ an hour to 1 hour of horseback riding. Also, right across from the stables is a new addition to Five Oaks, Adventure Park, which offers zip lines rides. Create a combo pack with zip lines and horseback riding and you have a day of family fun.