Aerial  view of historic downtown Dandridge

Explore Dandridge, TN

Historic Downtown Dandridge

Situated in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on beautiful Douglas Lake

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Founded in 1783, Dandridge, TN, named after Martha Dandridge Washington, the First U.S. President's wife,  is the state's second oldest town.  When the Tennessee Valley Authority started construction of the Douglas Dam in the 1942, a group of Citizens went to Washington, DC, and lobbied for a stone and earth dike to keep the rising waters from flooding the town.

The downtown is a registered National Historic District that has boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.  Make sure to stop by the 1820 coach house that is now the town's Visitor Center to pick up a a self-guided walking tour map that features 21 sites of historic interest downtown as well as 17 sites that are just a short drive away.

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Main Street in Historic Dandridge
Pick up a self guided tour brochure at the Visitors' Center.
Tinsley Bible Drugs Store Sign
The Tinsley Bible Drug Store, est. 1911
The soda fountain counter at Tinsley Bible Drug Store
Tinsley Bible Drug Store, home to the famous Bible Burger and Milkshake
Shepard Inn
Stay at the Historic Shepard Inn, located on Main Street
Jefferson County Historic Courthouse
Visit the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse Museum on Main Street
Dandridge Visitors Center
Stop in at the historic Dandridge Visitors Center
The shops at Roper Mansion
Discover unique items at our shops and boutiques
Historic Downtown Dandridge
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For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Historic Downtown Dandridge directly.

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