First hero and Sevierville namesake

A lot of folks who visit Marble Springs from outside the area ask us, “Is this the guy SEE-ver-ville is named after?”

Sevierville is indeed named for John Sevier, who defeated a contingent of Cherokee warriors near the future townsite at Boyd’s Creek in December 1780.  And if you’re going to be in the Smokies this year, swing by the Sevierville Visitor Center and check out their new exhibit on the city’s namesake, John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero.  (The title might sound familiar.)

Marble Springs loaned some items from our collection for this project.  Since there are a lot of artifacts we don’t usually keep on public display, this is a great opportunity to see a few of the things we’ve acquired and dug out of the ground over the years.

And guys, it’s pronounced like “severe.”  Not SEE-ver.

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One response to “First hero and Sevierville namesake

  1. April Payne

    This might give you a good giggle. When my Grandpa said we were related to John Sevier, I was a Freshman in high school, taking French as a second language. Pretty uppity at that age, I looked at the spelling and pronounced it Sev-EE-ay. Grandpa emphatically responded with severe, severe, severe. I will never forget that. No matter if it’s spelled with an S or the original X, you always, always, ALWAYS pronounce that last r. LOL I certainly have learned my lesson. 😉

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