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230th Celebration








On June 11th, 1792, Governor William Blount, by ordinance, formed Jefferson County, originally a part of North Carolina.

Jefferson County became a part of the State of Tennessee in 1796, and three other counties have since been formed out of the original land of Jefferson County. 

On July 23, 1792, the first County Court of Jefferson County was organized at the home of Jeremiah Mathews, and the county court selected a distinguished committee to locate a county seat which was later named Dandridge in honor of President George Washington’s wife.

Celebrate Your Jefferson County

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Our Cities, Towns and Communities- Jefferson County is comprised of five incorporated towns and cities and has nine active unincorporated communities. 

  1. Dandridge
  2. Jefferson City (Mossy Creek)
  3. White Pine (Dandridge Crossing)
  4. New Market
  5. Baneberry
  6. Talbott
  7. Strawberry Plains
  8. Piedmont (Mount’s Crossroads)
  9. Swannsylvania
  10. Chestnut Hill
  11. Parrotts Chapel
  12. Oak Grove
  13. Shady Grove
  14. Mount Horeb 

Preserving Our History

The preservation of Jefferson County’s history has always been utmost in the minds of its citizens. Several organizations have been formed over the years in order to research, maintain and serve future generations.

Be a part of the story!

The 230 Year Celebration Committee has partnered with Jefferson City and the Mossy Creek Station Festival, October 1, 2022. A large exhibit of  230 Years of history will be on display at the event. Fill out the form to submit your community and help us tell the story of Jefferson County’s history.

Space is limited and not guaranteed. You will be notified by the Jefferson County Mayor’s Office if your display has been approved. Exhibitors will need to set up their displays no later than 8:00 AM, October 1, 2022.  More information on location of exhibit will be provided upon approval.

Select one table option and one chairs option.

A Brief Look Into Our History


Dandridge Permanently Settled


Adam Meek Settles in Strawberry Plains


Adam Peck Settles in Mossy Creek


Founding of Jefferson County


Sevier County Formed Out of Jefferson County

1796 – 1811

Davy Crockett Lives in Jefferson County


Cocke County Formed Out of Jefferson County
Dumplin Baptist Church organized by John Cate, Sr.


Samuel McSpadden, a.k.a Gunpowder Sam, home built in Shady Grove


Davy Crockett & Polly Finley Marry at Finley Homeplace


New Market Begins as Tucker Town


Oak Grove Founded


Piedmont Founded as Mount’s Crossroads by John Mount


Jefferson County Courthouse Built


Carson-Newman University Founded


Talbott Station Established
December 29th – Battle of Mossy Creek


January 16th & 17th – Battle of Dandridge


Glenmore Mansion Completed in Mossy Creek (Jefferson City)


Southern-half of Hamblen County Formed from Jefferson County


White Pine, Formerly Dandridge Crossing, Established


Jefferson City Founded


Bush Brothers & Company Founded in Chestnut Hill


New Market Incorporated
Frances Hodgson Burnett writes The Secret Garden while living in New Market


For the First Time, Homes in the Area Receive Electricity

1940 – 1941

TVA Constructs Cherokee Dam, Completed on December 5, 1941

1942 – 1943

TVA Constructs Douglas Dam, Completed In Just Over a Year Establishing a World Record for a Project of Its Size


Maury High School Girls Basketball Wins State Championship


Jefferson County High School Opens Its Doors to Students

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