Lenoir City emerged from the Post American Revolution Period. General William Lenoir received a land grant of 5,000 acres for his service in the American Revolution. The land was later transferred to General Lenoir's son, Major William Lenoir. Major Lenoir moved to the area with his wife and family around 1810 to farm the land. The farm quickly grew into a major plantation with early development centered around several flour and cotton mills. The railroad developed and the area became known as Lenoir's Station. Major Lenoir sold part of the land to developers to take advantage of the growth and they established a system of parallel and perpendicular streets that today forms the area of the historic downtown. Lenoir's Station saw a number of minor skirmishes during the Civil War with troops on both sides passing through. This was because the area was along the Tennessee River, the main railroad line, and the major north/south road in East Tennessee. The name was officially changed and the area was incorporated as Lenoir City in 1907 by the Tennessee General Assembly.
Lenoir City has much to offer today's visitor. Make sure to visit the historic downtown district along Highway 11. See Civil War markers for Lenoir's Plantation and the remains of the Lenoir City Cotton Mill, as well as the Lenoir City Museum all located to the side and behind present day First National Bank. This area also offers antiques, shops, and local restaurants.
Enjoy the picnic areas and walking trails around the two TVA dams, Tellico and Fort Loudoun. Visit Fort Loudon Marina, the largest marina in the area. Shop and eat in the newer establishments along Highway 321. There are eight hotels/motels to handle your overnight accomadations. Our area is know as "The Lakeway to the Smokies" as you can enjoy our lakes on a more scenic drive on Highway 321 to the Smoky Mountains. Come check us out.