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Pigeon Forge, "Home of Dollywood"

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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN  37865

Pigeon Forge, once a quiet farming community, is named for the passenger pigeons that flocked to the beech trees along the Pigeon River and for the iron forge that Isaac Love established in 1820. Home to over 50 major attractions, over 200 outlet stores, more than 90 fine dining establishments, unlimited accommodations and music theaters, Pigeon Forge dishes up family entertainment, festivals and award-winning events


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Once hunting grounds for the Cherokee Indians and other native American tribes, the establishment of Sevier County, the State of Franklin, and the signing with the Cherokee of the Treaty at Dumplin Creek opened the valley, known as Pigeon Forge, for settlement in the late 1700's. 

Settlers followed old Indian trails through the Smoky Mountains along the Pigeon River to what is today, known as Pigeon Forge. Pioneer Isaac Love established an iron forge in 1820 and his son, William, built a tub mill by damming the Pigeon River. The iron forge mill, now known as the Old Mill and a National Historic Site, remains in working order today. 

Although mainly a farming community, the formation of the national park in the 1930's brought tourists to the area. In 1841 the first post office was formed under the name Pigeon Forge. Settlers continued trickling in and the town remained as a small, rural farming town until shortly after 1940 when the Smoky Mountain National Park was dedicated. Tourists stayed in private homes due to the lack of commercial hotels, stores and restaurants, but by the mid 1940's, the first land parcel was sold and the town began to build it's first church and 2 general stores.

Incorporated in 1961, Pigeon Forge realized it's potential as a tourist town and the city's Department of Tourism began promoting the town seriously in the 1980's. In 1986, Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, was opened, creating a major boost in tourism numbers. 

Pigeon Forge has no shortage of family fun! Offering attractions and entertainment for every age, the possibilities are endless. Voted one of the South's favorite shopping spots and the People's Choice by Southern Living readers, Pigeon Forge is famous for its more than 200 factory outlets and specialty stores. Music theaters line the parkway serving up live shows and exciting entertainment with old time rock and roll, traditional country music, gospel, bluegrass, comedy, animals and more! 

Pigeon Forge accommodations include standard rooms, luxury suites, modern campgrounds and charming, rustic to modern cabins, or business meeting facilities and convention centers. Whether you're on a Smoky Mountain vacation, honeymoon or on business, finding the perfect Pigeon Forge hotel or motel is not an inconvenience. Many of the Pigeon Forge accommodations are within walking distance to attractions, theaters, outlet malls, golf courses, fine dining establishments and wineries and distilleries. Don't feel like walking? Take the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley anywhere you need to go for an affordable fifty cents.

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the nation's population east of the Mississippi River. The resort town, along with it's surrounding cities and the Great Smoky mountains National Park, receives more than 10 million visitors a year.

The Island in Pigeon Forge is one of the newest developments and is home to over 60 specialty shops, the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris wheel, arcades, entertainment and restaurants, including Paul Deen's Family Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant and Dick's Last Resort. Opening soon is the 4 Star Margaritaville Island Hotel featuring 132 upscale rooms, a rooftop pool and a blender in each room! Thursday nights enjoy FREE Movies on the Island from April 3rd - May 15th. Movies begin at 8 pm. Bring a chair and blanket!

Other developments in the works are a new convention center, a $300 million expansion to Dollywood and a Hard Rock Cafe.


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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN 37865

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