Historic Loudon Tennessee

Historic Loudon is a charming little town along the Tennessee River with an easy-to-walk downtown area filled with quaint shops, good food and friendly faces. Whether you’re stopping for ice cream, looking for a special gift, or discovering the area’s deep heritage, Loudon will make you feel welcome and relaxed. While it’s less than 30 minutes from Knoxville, this scenic mall town remains a long way from big-city hustle and bustle. Come enjoy history, hospitality and Southern charm in historic downtown Loudon.

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Latitude: 35.7414356 Longitude: -84.3367624 Elevation: 786 ft

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About this Establishment

A Unique Heritage

Historic Loudon has a deep and interesting past tracing back to the late 1700’s when settlers first built homes on the banks of the Tennessee River. The busiest part of early Loudon was the waterfront, where steamboats lined the wharf to load and unload cargo. Around 1817, James Blair and family begin controlling traffic across the river. They dubbed the community Blair’s Ferry, which would eventually become the town of Loudon. The small town consisted only of a steamboat landing, a store and a few houses.

The town grew with the arrival of the railroad in the 1850’s and wasrenamed Loudon in 1852. The Loudon Railroad Bridge became a key strategic objective during the Civil War. Loudon was chosen as the seat of county government in the 1870’s and you can visit the beautiful County Courthouse right in the middle of town.

We invite you to take our self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Loudon to see the significant architecture and symbols of our past and learn thestories of the men and women who shaped the future. Loudon is a stopon the Civil War Trail of Tennessee and the Appalachian Quilt Tour.

Come enjoy the unique heritage of historic downtown Loudon.

Time Period Represented

1817 to Present

Hours Open

All Day

Visitor Fees

Free

Seasons Open

All

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA Compliant

Pet Friendly Notes

Dog Park within City Limits

How to Get There

Take Exit 72 or Exit 76 off of Interstate 75 and follow sign to city center.

Comments

We lived in Loudon for only one year. I worked at the Charmichael Inn. We were fortunate to lease a fantastic townhome right on the river! It was a very special year in my life...Loudon Tennessee is truly a special town.

Michelle Wright, 7/9/2014

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