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Something I love about Sevier County, Tennessee, is the incredible mix of historical, contemporary, city, small town and wilderness. There are decendents of original families who settled here along with people from all over the world who were called to the mountains by a dream that they all had.  

The First Settler to Gatlinburg


"Paradise". That's what the 1st settler to Gatlinburg called it when he told his family about the new place he found to build their home. 


The story goes like this :


In 1802, with the help of some Cherokee Natives, William Ogle cut some logs in the mountains of Tennesse to build a home for his family.


Unfortunately when he went to South Carolina to bring his family back, he died of illness before he could realize his dream. But a few years later, his widow Martha, brought the family to Gatlinburg to find the spot William had left the notched logs. The logs were still there waiting for them! This is the story of how Gatlinburg began. 


Over 200 years later, I understand why William Ogle called it paradise. Alot of people have referred to this part of the Smoky Mountains as "magical" or say "There's just something about this place".  It's true. 


If I had to sum up Sevier County, Tennessee in one sentence,

I might say "Something new is around every curve".  The options are many.


And options are always good.

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 we call home-the Sevier County area and the beautiful 

 Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. 


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