Category Archives: History

Swimming Pool

Reliving and Enhancing the Past

We have begun the task of digitizing some of the photos in our archives. We think it is absolutely fascinating to look back at old photos like these, especially if you compare them to what Gatlinburg looks like today. You could say the town has changed a little bit! While we’re at it, we are…

Jerry's Restaurant Sign

Jerry Stayed at the Inn

Jerome (Jerry) Lederer (1901-1963) was a former guest of the Historic Gatlinburg Inn. Kentuckian Lederer entered the restaurant business in Shelbyville, Kentucky in 1929. He established a chain of hamburger stands under the name White Tavern (inspired by the chain known as White Castle). World War II wiped out 10 of his 13 restaurants, however,…

History of Gatlinburg

An Abbreviated History of Gatlinburg

The city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has quite an interesting history. Here is an abbreviated discussion of how we got where we are. The Ogle Family The Oglesby family were the first individuals to settle the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The family moved from South Carolina in the 1800’s and would later change their name to…

Rocky Top

A Brief History of Rocky Top

Whether you are a Tennessee Vols fan, or you love country music, there is an excellent chance you have heard the song Rocky Top. Recorded by countless artists, most notably the Osborne Brothers, Rocky Top is said to be the number one college football fight song of all time (USAToday). The real question to ask…

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