The newly restored Appalachian Clubhouse in the historic Elkmont district of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the setting for a special event celebrating the history of Elkmont. Hosted by the Smoky Mountain Historical Society, the festivities will be held on Saturday September 22nd.

Beginning at 2 pm, our SMHS members and local historians Glenn Cardwell and Carroll McMahan will lead an interpretative walking tour of Daisy Town, Millionaires’ Row and the site of Lem Ownby’s old home place. Entertainment will be available in the clubhouse for those who are unable to participate in the walking tour.
Built in 1934, the 5,000-square-foot Appalachian Clubhouse served as headquarters for social gatherings among the community’s summer residents. Restoration by a historic preservation crew was completed in 2011.The clubhouse and Spence Cabin are among 19 structures the National Park Service has targeted for preservation to create a museum community that tells the story of Elkmont from its early days as a logging camp to its history as a summer resort.
 A lavish buffet meal will take place from 5 until 7 pm in the clubhouse. The entire event including the tourdinner and entertainment is only $30.00 per person. 
The Smoky Mountain Historical Society serves Blount, Cocke and Sevier Counties. The Society meets six times a year, with January, March, July and November meetings being held in the community room of the Sevier County Courthouse annex. The regular meetings are held at 2 pm on the third Sunday in the month they are scheduled. The Elkmont event will replace the traditional September picnic.
The public is especially invited to join this event and enjoy the tour and dinner. For tickets and additional information contact Tim Fisher or Theresa Williams at the King Family Library History Center. The phone number is 865-453-3532. Or any Board Member of the Smoky Mountain Historical Society, Charlotte Leibrock, Larry Fox, Jim Shular, Aileen Fowler, Bob Beckwith, John Beckwith, Gina Fox, and Ruby Hall.
PS: We are told attendance will be limited so get your tickets ASAP.

The Genealogy & History Center located on the third floor of the King Family Library, 408 High Street, Sevierville will add more public access hours of operation beginning Monday, September 10, 2012. The Genealogy & History Center will be open from 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; Thursday hours will be from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.

Volunteers are still working tirelessly to complete volume II of the Sevier County Heritage Book.  More than 400 stories have been submitted and are in preproduction right now.  Soon workers will meet with the publishing company to submit the entire work.  Watch for future articles or check the history link online at www.sevierlibrary.org for an expected completion date.

SCPLS Genealogist Tim Fisher and other volunteers are pleased with the quality of stories and photographs in the volume II submissions.  The book has been a large undertaking, and they express their appreciation for the patience of those who have preordered and are waiting for the new book.

For more information you can contact Tim Fisher at tfisher@sevierlibrary.org, or phone (865) 365-1432


Contact: Andy Madson  

Phone: (865) 365-3666 or 365-1422


October 7, 2010


SEVIER COUNTY, TN – The SCPLS Foundation is sponsoring the Sevier County Public Library System History Center 2010 Genealogy Conference. The conference starts with a historic walk, “Rediscovering Sevierville Walking Tour.” The walk begins at the King Family Library at 408 High Street in Sevierville Thursday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. The conference continues with a local author reception on the afternoon of November 4th. Friday, November 5 begins the conference sessions from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Conference sessions continue through Saturday, November 6 from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Conference sessions presenters include:

· J. Mark Lowe, Certified Genealogist

· Hannah Clevenger

· R. S. (Bob) Allen

· Martha Bowden Burden

· Eric Head, Knox County Archives

· Donna Stinnett

· Glenna Julian

· Entertainment for the story dinner will be the Smoky Mountain Story Tellers and the Old Harp Singers of Sevier County.

The registration fee for the three-day conference, including evening meal on November 5, will be $100.00 or $25.00 per day and $25.00 for the Tall Tales, Tune, & Tasty Fixins’ Dinner & Down-Home Silent Auction. Best value for the conference is to purchase a Sevier County Public Library System Foundation 1-year membership for $75.00 and attend the entire conference for free!

The Sevier County History Center is located on the third floor of the King Family Library at 408 High Street in Sevierville. Brochures and registration forms for the conference are available at the King Family Library, the Seymour Branch Library @ 137 w. Macon Lane in Seymour, and the Kodak Branch Library at 319 West Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak. For more information regarding the Sevier County History Center Genealogy Conference, please contact Andy Madson at (865)365-3666 or (865) 365-1422 or view and print registration from the SCPLS website at www.sevierlibrary.org.

With 2010 being the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the local Daughters of the American Revolution will be honoring Sevier County Vietnam veterans this Nov. 11th at 2:00pm at place yet to be decided.  All are welcome as we honor those who served and those who lost their lives.  I should have more details about the program very soon so stay tuned.

For those who weren’t aware, Sevier County had eleven heroes who lost their lives in Vietnam.  It is with pride and respect that we remember our fallen heroes:

SP4-Carroll David Abbott – Army:  Carroll was born in 1945 and passed from this life in 1966.

SP4-Dannie Arthur Carr –Army:  Dannie was born in 1947 and passed from this life in 1969.

PFC-Randy Ralph Cogdill – Army:  Randy was born in 1947 and passed from this life in 1967.

SSGT-Hobart Earl Covington – Army:  Hobart was born in 1936 and passed from this life in 1969.

PFC-Gary Regan Fox – Army:  Gary was born in 1945 and passed from this life in 1967.

CN-HARRY Gaines Hodges – Navy:  Harry was born in 1947 and passed from this life in 1968.

PFC-Alton Lee Hornbuckle – Army:  Alton was born in 1943 and passed from this life in 1965.

LCPL-Estel Huskey – Marine Corps:  Estel was born in 1947 and passed from this life in 1966.

A3C-Eddie Manis – Air Force:  Eddie was born in 1947 and passed from this life in 1967.

PFC-Jerry McCarter-Marine Corps:  Jerry was born in 1948 and passed from this life in 1969.

CPL-Michael Clarence Vickery-Army:  Michael was born in 1948 and passed from this life in 1970