History of Parrottsville, TN

Distinguished as the third oldest town in Tennessee, Parrottsville has a unique and varied history. It is located in Cocke County on Highway 321 between Newport and Greeneville, TN. Parrottsville was incorporated in 1949. The only other incorporated city in Cocke County is its County Seat, Newport. This county is nestled up to the East side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and is the last county in Tennessee on I-40 before one enters North Carolina.

Parrottsville was settled in 1769 by John Parrott, an American Revolutionary War Soldier, who received a 640-acre land grant for his service. His father was Frederick Parrott, who came from Alsace-Lorraine, and his mother was Barbara Edwards from England.

One of John Parrott's son, Jacob, built the first house in Parrottsville, In the 1820's he also built a tavern on the Old Stage Road which led from Washington DC to the Southwest. It is reported that Andrew Jackson stopped at this tavern in 1829 on his way to his first inauguration.

1836 - the first Post Office was established.
1873 - population was 300 and 3 local newspapers were published here.
1846 - The first school was started by Professor Benjamin Bolder form University of Virginia.
1875 - several Parrottsville citizens purchase the Robert Roadman mansion with 3 stories and 12 rooms and turned it into Parrottsville Academy. By 1890 the Parrottsville Academy Board of Trustees sold their property to the Episcopal Church, which then operated a seminary for many years at this location. The current Parrottsville United Methodist Church was built ont the academy's foundation in 1902.
1926 - Parrottsville School was built and, in 1974, Parrottville High School was consolidated with Cocke County High School in 1975.
1974 - J. Lacy Myers donated land for a new elementary school.
1992 - installation of a sewer system in the city limits.

Today's residents enjoy the Parrottsville Fire Department and Ambulance Service, a local U.S. Post Office, both city water and natural gas, its own sewer plant, a library, two convenience stores/gas stations, two restaurants, a car wash, and a laundromat.

There are many historical homes and churches in the area.

Traditionally, farming was the main business, which included dairy and beef cattle, tobacco, and grains. Today several new farms are raising horses, angora goats, sheep, alpacas and llamas. We also have a local Vineyard, Goodwater Vineyard and Farm.

We have Sweet Dreams Bed and Breakfast (an historical home) available for visitors and also cabin rentals provide views of the mountains as well as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking..

There are two convenience stores/gas stations: J.D Market and Parrott's Place.

2005 - Local business owners formed the Parrottsville Business Association to promote Networking among members was sponsored by the Natural Bridge Ruritan Club of Parrottsville.

Each October, the citizens of Parrottsville welcome hundreds to the annual arts and crafts festival in the LaRue-Myers Park. See the Event page.

The First Saturday in December the city hosts a Christmas Parade.

Other sources for Parrottsville History

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