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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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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