If you are looking for something cool to do next week and you are a history buff, I think I have just the thing for you. “Tennessee’s First Hero: John Sevier” officially opens at the Sevierville Visitor Center on February 13 with the ribbon cutting at 3pm. While in the area, be sure to check out all of these other great things to do in Sevierville, Tennessee. Need a place to stay? We recommend either the Appleview River Resort or the Clarion Inn Willow River.
Tennessee’s First Hero: John Sevier Opens At Sevierville Visitor Center 2/13
A frontiersman, Revolutionary War hero, and politician, John Sevier helped forge America’s expansion westward – and gave the city of Sevierville its unique name. The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about this larger-than-life historical figure with its museum quality exhibit Tennessee’s First Hero: John Sevier, on display until December 31, 2018.
The exhibit features artifacts from Sevier’s life including his walking stick, a briefcase he carried during his days as Governor of Tennessee, a bronze bust, and more. Interesting panels detail his life and exploits – encouraging visitors to consider whether he was a traitor or a hero, and marvel at astounding stories about his life. There is also an opportunity for visitors to snap fun photos of themselves in tri-corn hats, wigs, jabots and cuffs to share on social media.
“John Sevier is such an important historical figure, not only in our county’s history but also in the history of our state and nation,” says Sevier County historian and Sevierville Chamber of Commerce special projects facilitator Carroll McMahan. “We are proud to bring his story to our visitors and are already receiving rave reviews from those who have seen the exhibit.”
Last year the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center featured 30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze, an exhibit that detailed the story behind Dolly’s famous statue. It was the first such installation and proved successful at helping bring in more visitors to the center – with numbers growing nearly 13 percent in 2017.
The official ribbon cutting event for John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero will be held February 13 at 3pm at the Sevierville Visitor Center located at 3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Kodak, TN.
John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero Ribbon Cutting & Media Event
Sevierville Visitor Center
3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway