People are the Key
Maryville, TN sits in the shadow of the Smokies but has always had a huge connection to the mountains. A quite little town with its own definite culture, Maryville has lots to offer those that come across its borders for the day. Looking for shopping, an event or a stroll through a classic downtown, Maryville has
With the establishment of Fort Craig, Maryville really started to become a going concern in the Smoky Mountains. The 50 acres next to the fort became the first plot of the town that would be Maryville and it has grown to become the county seat of Blount County. In 1808, Sam Houston’s family made the move from Virginia to Maryville. Houston was 15 at the time. Though he lived for a time with the Cherokee, he came back to Maryville to open a one room school house in 1811. Maryville was the base for the abolitionist movement during the 19th century and though it was under Confederate control throughout most of the Civil War (it was liberated in 1864) the people of Maryville were pro-Union the entire time. In fact they elected the second African American mayor in US history in 1869.
Today, Maryville is a city with plenty to offer its citizenry. Manufacturing powers lots of jobs in the area, moneys are spent to renovate the downtown area and of course its proximity to the National Park has made it a jumping off place for many adventures into the Smokies.
- 27,258 population
- 1,452’ (average altitude)
- 35°44′59″N 83°58′33″W
- Blount, TN