History Tour Amid BBQ Festival

I made it out to the 10:00 a.m. walking history tour in downtown Sevierville. We met in front of the Sevier County Heritage Museum although I remember it as a post office when I first moved here.

Local historian, Carroll McMahan, and Laura Martin led our tour.

13275280_10204432502052401_1118635400_oWe saw so many things that I was glad that they gave us a brochure of the tour so I could just concentrate on taking pictures. Of course, there are many interesting things and so many stories. I couldn’t even begin to cover the floods, the fires, the fights, etc. But here are some interesting photos…

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Cracks in the road because that is where the old railroad tracks went down Bruce Street.

13241601_10204432502332408_2075681409_oSims Barber Shop was open for business despite the crowds.

13275022_10204432503052426_1962701700_oIn 1856, there was a catastrophic fire downtown. Courthouse records were lost. These are salvaged bars from the jail which was also destroyed.

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Remember when there was a bus station downtown? Two doors down from this alley. Well, buses used to drive down this narrow alley! Someone commented that they were especially good drivers back then?

Inside D Garden. You can see where it used to be a post office at one time. Beautiful store! I loved the stepping stones in the back aisleway floor.

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I think that Andrew Temple was going to lead the 2:00 history tour.

Things that I didn’t realize were downtown until I walked by them.

Back to the museum.

Bill Yett’s baby crib with an interesting history.

13282566_10204432501972399_1125139894_oI loved this Jim Gray painting of the old court house.

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There is a lot of history downtown and artifacts to see in the museum. I hope to take another look sometime soon.

Then it was time to walk around the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. It turned out to be a good time to beat the crowds and rain showers.

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Lots of food to choose from. Rib King from Spartanburg, South Carolina had the longest line when I was there.

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These vendors come from Grainger County and only do festivals. Cobblers baked the old fashioned way. Divine!

13271822_10204432509412585_1300175317_o13241541_10204432509652591_1270631792_oI settled on a to-go box from this bbq vendor and took a brisket home for lunch before heading back to the Wilderness Wildlife Week.

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Here is the best sauce dispenser.

13275489_10204432509932598_698110726_o.jpgMust do this next year for lunch while we are out and about!

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