WHAT TO DO IN DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE
Explore Historic Sites in Downtown Sevierville.
Dolly Statue – Sevierville’s tribute to hometown girl Dolly Parton is one of the area’s most iconic works of art. Completed in 1987 by renowned regional artist Jim Gray, the statue stands at six and a half feet and depicts a young, barefoot Dolly as she looked before making a name for herself in Nashville.
Located at 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville , the Dolly Parton statue is a favorite photo spot for visitors.
Dolly has referred to the statue as the honor that’s dearest to her heart – because it was bestowed by her friends and neighbors and meant the world to her father.
Sevier County Courthouse - Built in 1896, the Sevier County Courthouse is the fifth and final courthouse constructed in Sevierville since the county’s initial incorporation in 1796. An excellent example of Victorian architecture, the building’s elegant tower features a four-sided Seth Thomas clock.
Also located at 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, the building provides a picturesque backdrop for the Dolly Parton statue as well as significant monuments honoring veterans, law enforcement, and others on the lawn.
“Train Tracks” on Bruce Street - The shiny metal rails running the length of Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville serve as a tribute to the Knoxville, Sevierville & Eastern Railway that once serviced the town. Running down Bruce Street from 1916 until 1961, the notoriously slow train (nicknamed the Old Slow and Easy ) delivered goods and travelers.
Today, pieces of the original railroad can still be seen if you know where to look. In downtown Sevierville, find two additional nods to the area’s famous railway – the Tracks of Time sculpture located at 136 Bruce Street, Sevierville, and an interpretive history marker and section of original railway located outside the Sevier County Heritage Museum at 167 Bruce Street, Sevierville.
The Old Jail Bar Storm Drain - To the right of The Appalachian Restaurant, near the Red’s Café Mural , is a storm drain forged more than 150 years ago from salvaged prison bars – remnants of the community jail after a horrific fire ravaged downtown Sevierville in 1856. This devastating fire destroyed 41 homes, the new courthouse, jail, and most downtown businesses.
Venture to 129 Bruce Street, Sevierville to locate this historic drain and learn more about Sevierville’s 1856 fire.
The Pines Theater – Originally opened in 1944, The Pines Theater seated over 700 people, showed motion pictures, and hosted live performances by some of the biggest celebrities of the day. There, eventgoers saw acts like Chet Atkins, Charlie Acuff, Archie Campbell, and the Carter Family. The Pines Theater also bears the honor of being where Dolly Parton played her first paying gig at the age of 10. Many of the famous faces who graced the stage here are honored on a colorful mural located on the outside of the building and Dolly has a special mural inside The Pines as well.
Today The Pines Downtown, located at 103 Joy Street, Sevierville, is an entertainment venue with great food, drink, and games the whole family will enjoy.
Murphy College Originally opened in 1892, Murphy College served to educate students from primary grades through college and was operated as an auspice of the Methodist-Episcopal Church. The college moved to a new site in 1923 and its last class graduated in 1935. Today the building, at 226 Cedar Street, is the headquarters of the Sevier County Board of Education.
Eat in Downtown Sevierville
The Appalachian – Traditional Appalachian cooking methods and old recipes with a modern twist are the hallmarks of this chef-driven restaurant in the heart of downtown Sevierville. Visit at 131 Bruce Street, Sevierville
Trotters Whole Hog BBQ – Located in the former Trotter’s Motor Company building, this restaurant is working to define whole hog BBQ in East Tennessee using locally sourced hogs and local sorghum-based sauce slow smoked over local hardwoods. Visit at 127 Bruce Street, Sevierville
Seasons 101 – Indulge in seasonally-driven foods at this affordably-priced, elegant eatery in downtown Sevierville and is located on the ground floor of the Historic Central Hotel at 101 East Main Street, Sevierville.
The Central Hotel is a reincarnation of the original hotel that once sat on the same corner and welcomed visitors to Sevierville. Built in a renovated 1960s bank building (which was the former Sevier County Bank headquarters), the hotel boasts two- and three-bedroom units with excellent views of downtown Sevierville and the surrounding mountains.
Graze Burgers at – Dig into craft burgers at Graze, located in Sevierville’s first official post office building. Built in the early 1900s, the original post office featured a wide alleyway built to accommodate turn-of-the-century horse-drawn mail wagons. Today diners can enjoy a cold beverage from the open bar window that postal workers once hurled mail bags through. Visit at 125 Bruce Street, Sevierville
Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Company – Find fresh, New England seafood in the Smokies at Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Company. The downtown restaurant is located in a portion of what was once Rawlings Funeral Home, and brings a lively indoor and outdoor dining experience to the heart of downtown. Visit at 212 Court Avenue, Sevierville.
Shopping Downtown Sevierville
Beyond 436 – One of several delightful new boutiques in downtown Sevierville, Beyond 436 offers stylish clothing and accessories for men and women as well as home provisions. The building, once home to recording and production studios, is located at 104 Church Street, Sevierville.
Sweet Pea’s & Ivy – Shop for locally crafted items, home décor and more in this early 20th century home located on Sevierville’s main Parkway. Visit at 113 Parkway, Sevierville
Jolene’s on Bruce – Shop all things inspired by Dolly at Jolene’s on Bruce Street. Located in the heart of historic downtown Sevierville, this stylish shop’s merchandise pays homage to the city’s own queen of country. Visit at 112 Bruce Street, Sevierville.
D’Garden Floratique – Home décor, gifts and eccentric finds abound at D’ Garden Floratique. Located in the old Sevierville Hardware, the shopkeepers have done an excellent job maintaining the historic integrity of the building. Stop by the shop to browse and see the original watermarks from two of Sevierville’s most significant 20th century floods. Visit at 128 Court Avenue, Sevierville.
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