Quality of Life
The Secret's Out: This is the Place to Live.
Jefferson County, Tennessee, has all the peace and untouched beauty of a small, rural community with the amenities of and proximity to larger cities. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant, including state and national protected areas nearby, lakes and rivers. One-of-a-kind local shops and a family atmosphere mark each quaint city and town, and much of the historic charm throughout the county has been preserved and restored.
Jefferson County is home to two manmade lakes, Douglas Lake, created by the damming of the French Broad River, and Cherokee Lake, created by the damming of the Holston River. These bodies of water are home to water sports of all kinds—fishing, boating, skiing, canoeing and swimming. Additionally, fishing competitions, triathlons and other events and festivals take advantage of Jefferson County's natural treasures.
Small Town Lifestyle
Jefferson County is home to many unique shops, historic buildings and hometown restaurants, like Tinsley Bible Drug Store and Bible Burger. Shops, outdoor concerts and historic sites add to the charm of historic downtowns. The Jefferson County Fair, in its 75th year, is a community-wide event held on the Jefferson County fairgrounds. The natural beauty of the area is a perfect backdrop for attending local events and enjoying the scenic trails.
History and Heritage
With the county seat, Dandridge, being the second oldest community in Tennessee, Jefferson County is full of historic charm. Glenmore Mansion, a large three-story home built in 1868, is a well-preserved example of Second Empire architectural style and is open for tours and special events throughout the year. Davy Crockett, born in neighboring Greene County, spent much of his younger years in Jefferson County. Many of the artifacts from his life can be seen at the Jefferson County Historical Museum in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge.