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Dandridge, Tennessee, the second-oldest town in the state, was founded in 1783 by a group of Scotch-Irish settlers. It was 13 years before Tennessee became the 16th state. The town began as a small frontier settlement along the banks of the French Broad River in the short-lived state of Franklin. In 1793, Dandridge became the county seat for the newly formed Jefferson County. The county was named for then U.S. secretary of state Thomas Jefferson. Dandridge is the only town in the United States named for first lady Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Davy Crockett married his first wife near Dandridge, and the courthouse still has his marriage bond in its archives. Over the years, it has played host to presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. During the Civil War, the Battle of Dandridge was fought there in winter 1864. In 1942, the town was saved when the Tennessee Valley Authority built a dike to protect it from the waters of Douglas Lake.
ISBN: 9780738587110
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Today Dandridge is a National Historic District. What started as a small settlement on an Indian trail continues as a thriving town. Its many festivals and proximity to Douglas Lake make it a popular tourist destination. Seventh-generation Tennessean Lisa Whillock Ellis is a professor of art at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She grew up in Dandridge on a farm that has been in her family for over 150 years.
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