Named for the First United Methodist “Church on the Hill” located downtown, Church Hill is the largest municipality in the county and the only one officially chartered as a city Our city is located in beautiful North East Tennessee, approximately 80 miles east of Knoxville. Church Hill is just minutes away from several area lakes such as Cherokee, Boone, Wautauga, South Holston and others. The community was established as a trading post and stagecoach stop called Spencer's Mill, then Patterson Mill in the late 18th century. The name "Church Hill" came later, following the establishment of a Methodist church overlooking the Holston River Valley. The church still stands today on Grandview Street downtown. One of Church Hill's most notable landmarks is Canton Hall, an antebellum mansion built by slaves and owned by the Hoard family. Other landmarks include Smith Place, built in the early 20th century and the site of Carter's Store, home to the first settlers west of the Appalachians.
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