Our Towns & History

Smoky Mountain views, two pristine lakes, 5 historic charming towns, and a variety of things to do and see make up Jefferson County, TN. Each of our towns has its own personality and history to share with its visitors. Discover what makes each one unique when you visit us in the Lakeside of the Smokies!


Offering beautiful lake and mountain views, Baneberry is a quaint resort-like community with a challenging, picturesque golf course that runs through the heart of the town.


Named in honor of our first First Lady Martha Dandridge Washington, Dandridge is the second oldest city in the state and has been the county seat since 1792.

Jefferson City

Originally known as Mossy Creek, Jefferson City has been a staple of East Tennessee since the late 1700s. It’s the largest of our towns and is home to Carson-Newman University and the Historic Mossy Creek District.

New Market

The scenic background of rolling hills and attractive views of New Market can be likened to the pages of a story book, which they very well could be as the writer Francis Hodgson Burnett once called the small town home.

White Pine

Don’t let the quaintness of White Pine fool you – the town is home to several major industries and offers a variety of things to do from fishing to antiquing. Plus, its convenient location along interstates 81 and 40 make it easy to get to.

A History Worth Sharing

If we’ve mentioned it once, we’ve mentioned it several times over – our area is rich in history. Since the late 1700s, Jefferson County has been etching its place in time. The hills and shores of our communities have seen battles won and lost, the growth of the industrial age, and more, and we’ve been in the center of it all.

When you visit our area, take time to explore the dike that saved Dandridge, the four taverns, a historic Victorian mansion with a spooky past, one of the oldest original courthouses in the state, and more.