History and photography buffs will have plenty to get excited about when they visit historic Loudon County.

The area boasts notable characters like General William Lenoir, an American Revolutionary War officer, and R.T. Wilson, who, according to legend, was a Loudon County resident for whom Rhett Butler from “Gone With the Wind” was based upon.

Loudon County features the Lenoir City Museum, which documents the city’s history from its earliest settlement by Major William B. Lenoir in the early 1800s to the arrival of the railroad at Lenoir’s Station, through the Civil War and into its emergence as a city in 1907. The Lenoir City Cotton Mill was one of several mills built on Town Creek at Lenoir’s Station by Major William B. Lenoir in 1821for the manufacture of cotton yards and batting. During the Civil War, the Union army burned the Lenoirs’ general store and railroad depot, because they were Confederate sympathizers. The mill was threatened until Dr. Benjamin Ballard Lenoir moved among the Union army giving a secret Masonic handshake. The mill was spared and continued to operate as a cotton mill until the late 19th century.

Greenback is home to the National Campground site where, in 1873, interdenominational meetings were held as a way to unite families and communities divided by the Civil War with trustees selected from among former Confederate and Union soldier. The original meeting shed, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, still stands today.

Historic Loudon is an enchanting little town that sits along the Tennessee river with a downtown area filled with great food, quaint boutiques and shops. Be sure to check out the colorful museum boards at the Carmichael Inn and enjoy a variety of architectural designs and structures in the downtown area dating back to the mid-to-late 1800s.

Landmark signs highlight significant Civil War battles that took place in the area where several standing structures were used as hospitals during the war. Click here to download Civil War maps.

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