Historic Sites in Loudon County

History and photography buffs can spend a day exploring the sites and history of Loudon County and learning about local notables such as General William Lenoir and R.T. Wilson.

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Begin your day at the Lenoir City Museum and Cotton Mill Site, then stroll the streets and avenues of downtown Lenoir City.

Next, travel scenic country roads to the National Campground site in Greenback. In 1873, the National Campground began holding interdenominational meetings as a means of uniting families and communities split by the Civil War. The original meeting shed still stands today and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

From Greenback, head to historic Loudon, where you can grab a bite to eat while you read the colorful museum boards at the Carmichael Inn. Downtown Loudon has a variety of architectural designs with structures dating back to the mid-late 1800’s.

Loudon County and surrounding areas have Indian archaeological sites dating back to the 13th Century, and many landmark signs mark the sites of significant Civil War Battles. Several standing structures were used as hospitals during the Civil War. Click here to download Civil War maps.

Question: According to legend, which famous character from a book set at the time of the Civil War is based on real-life Loudon County resident R.T. Wilson? Answer: Rhett Butler from Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind.

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