Sevierville’s Historic Court House
The white steeple of the Sevierville Court House is a beautiful beacon welcoming tourists to the Great Smoky Mountains. It is clearly visible from both the Parkway and Chapman Highway (Routes 66S and 441S) as you approach Sevierville. Sevierville is the county seat for Sevier County, home to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.
The Court House is Sevierville’s claim to architectural fame. It was built in 1896 in the Beaux Arts style, popular at the end of the 19th century. It draws on classical architectural features such as columns and arches. The Court House features 21 golden tin domes and a 75-ft square clock tower, also topped with a golden tin dome. The historic Seth Thomas Clock still keeps excellent time.
This beautiful and distinctive Court House was almost torn down in the early 1970’s. By only a 2-vote lead of 13 to 11, Sevierville’s commissioners voted to keep the historic Court House. Instead, only the inside was gutted and remodeled to modern standards and an annex was added. In 1976, the Sevier County Court House became the first court house in Tennessee to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior of the Court House is currently undergoing some renovations.
Visitors to the Sevierville Court House often pause to have their picture taken by the bronze statue of Sevier County’s most famous daughter, world famous singer, Dolly Parton. Cast by local artist Jim Gray, the six-and-a-half foot statue shows a young Dolly Parton sitting on a mountain rock holding her guitar with a big smile on her face.
Today, the Court House is one of the most recognized and photographed court houses in Tennessee. It is also where thousands of couples go every year to get their marriage license, so they can be married in one of the area’s popular wedding chapels and venues. The Sevier County Clerk’s office where couples purchase their marriage license is located on the first floor of the historic court house. Its address is 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, TN 37862. You can even apply online at www.seviercountytn.org.
Story and photos by Olga Wierbicki with Stellar Wedding Services and secretary for the SMWA. One photo also by John Saunders, commercial and wedding photographer with Saunders Productions.
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July 19, 2016 at Bear Pen Gap from 5:30pm to 7:30pm $15 per person with an RSVP, $20 per person at the door without an RSVP. RSVP to Ellen@smwba.com or EventBrite.
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About the SMWA
The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association is a collaboration of various businesses that specifically offer a venue, product, or service that will make planning your Smoky Mountain Wedding quick and easy. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the wedding industry in Sevier County, TN, and the Great Smoky Mountain area.
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