A highlight of this historic tavern, one of four still existing in Dandridge, is the beautiful circular staircase winding to the third floor. The Hickman Tavern was built circa 1820.
This federal style structure was built by the Fain Family and later occupied by James Hickman in the 1840’s. Hickman was known for building the Jefferson County Courthouse. The Hickman Tavern now serves as the DandridgeTown Hall and visitors are welcome to stop by and look around. Hickman Tavern is located in historic downtown Dandridge and is adjacent to the Douglas Lake Dike.
The Hickman Coach House, also built circa 1820, is located directly beside the Hickman Tavern. This narrow, brick, two-story structure was built for stage coach operators traveling between Knoxville and Abingdon, Virginia and on to “Washington City”. The Hickman Coach House is now home to the Dandridge Visitors Center. The Visitors Center is operated by paid and volunteer staff and is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 3 PM and during Special Events and Festivals.