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.
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Historic Downtown Dandridge directly.