Dandridge, Tennessee was named in honor of our country's first First Lady, Martha Dandridge Washington. Dandridge is the second oldest city in the state of Tennessee. In 1783 the first permanent settlers began to arrive and set up outposts along the bank of the French Broad River, which today is known as Dandridge. In 1792 Dandridge was officially incorporated as the county seat of Jefferson County. The history of Dandridge can be seen in the downtown streets, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic streets of Downtown Dandridge are lined with century-old homes, inns and taverns, with many of these historic homes housing businesses. Dandridge is the proud home of the Jefferson County Museum located in the courthouse dating back to 1845.
Dandridge is located just off I-40 at the intersections of Highways 92 and 139 and at the shores of Douglas Lake.
The majority of Dandridge sits below the high-level watermark of Douglas Lake, including most of the Historic Commercial Center. The TVA built the Douglas Dam in 1943 to provide hydroelectric power and to control flooding. The lake consists of over 30,000 acres and over 550 miles of shoreline. Douglas Lake surrounds 4 counties which include: Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier.
Douglas Lake is conveniently located off of Highways 441 and 411 and I-40, which makes it very convenient to live, work, and play here.
For boating enthusiasts there are a several different marinas serving Douglas Lake that offer full-service amenities including boat rentals, Jet Ski rentals, boat repairs, and restaurants. There is nothing more relaxing than spending the day on the waters of Douglas Lake surrounded by magnificent views of the Great Smoky Mountains in every direction.
Nearby Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg provide thrilling entertainment and family attractions, while Douglas Lake offers a different kind of entertainment. Residents can enjoy boating, water sports, fishing, bird watching, camping, swimming and horseback riding. Douglas Lake offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.
The majority of the property surrounding Douglas Lake is privately owned and offers homebuyers every style of home available and countless amenities. Waterfront homes, water view homes, lake cabins, condos, gated private estates, lake access homes, lots and acreage, secluded single family homes and subdivisions surround this serene, yet active setting.