Pittman Center Mission
Continue on Pittman Center Road approximately 5 miles where a bridge crosses the river
affording beautiful views both upstream and downstream. In about 1.5 miles after you
cross the bridge turn left onto Webb’s Creek Road. In about 500 feet the remains of
Pittman Center Mission will come in to view. Founded in 1920 by the Methodist Conference
of Elmira, New York, the mission educated students, provided spiritual guidance and a medical
clinic operated by Dr. Robert F. Thomas. The school, good will store, post office, medical clinic,
farm, and orchards existed on the campus of Pittman Community Center. While activities of the Center
ceased as a missionary outpost, the name Pittman Center remained. Sevier County Board of Education purchased the school in 1955.
On your left, Eugene Huskey Environmental Center is located on the hillside.
Each sixth-grade class in the Sevier County School System comes to the Environmental Center for
a two-day, one-night visit. Students are engaged in the practical application of Stream Ecology,
a study of the plants and animals of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, as well as experiences
with Appalachian Culture such as mountain music, arts, and crafts.