There is a lot of history that comes from Wears Valley Road and the surrounding areas, starting back in the late 1700s when many men fought numerous battles for freedom. One man, Samuel Wear, fought in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He fought for Tennessee before it was considered a state and before Pigeon Forge was even established! John Sevier, who Sevierville is named for, took part in the war alongside Samuel as well.
Built by Samuel Wear, Fort Wear is located behind the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Its original purpose was to protect the local settlers. At the time, the area was still recognized as Franklin – it was not yet considered Pigeon Forge. If you follow Highway 441 to traffic light 2B on the Parkway, you should be able to easily find it. Here you will also find a personal memorial by Samuel Wear behind the public library in Pigeon Forge.
Samuel Wear and John Sevier both strongly influenced Tennessee, as well as what others associate with the surrounding area. Many would say that these men represent what Tennessee is all about. Patriotism and family are of the utmost importance in the South, and this is proven when you look at the lives of these two men. Both fought in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780 and worked to protect our country in their own ways. They believed in the freedom of all Americans! Countless people are grateful to these two men and their families who carry on their names.
Wears Valley today
Each year, a Veteran’s Day parade takes place along the Parkway in this area of Pigeon Forge. The parade travels from Jehu Street to Patriot Park via the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The area’s popular rod runs will take place on the Parkway as well. You will be able to see the traffic from this exciting events for miles! The events are often nonprofit fundraisers, so they’re for a good cause.
Many well-known places are now located along the Pigeon Forge Parkway, in Sevierville, and along Wears Valley Road. On the Parkway you will find many different attractions that keep the area buzzing with traffic today! The Dixie Stampede, Hard Rock Café, and Lumberjack Feud are just a few of the family-friendly attractions located along the Parkway.
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