Loudon County is one of the youngest and geographically smallest counties in Tennessee. The history surrounding Loudon County relates to the name and creation of the county. In 1756, the English erected Fort Loudon on the southern bank of Little Tennessee River, near the mouth of the Tellico River. The fort’s primary purpose was to protect settlers from the French and Indian attacks.
On June 2, 1870, the General Assembly created Christiana County from Monroe, Blount, and Roane, but a few weeks later the name was changed in honor of the nearby Fort Loudon.
Fort Loudon was named after John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudon, who was commander of the English forces in America at the outbreak of the French and Indian War. While Fort Loudon’s actual site is in Monroe County, Loudon County had its own fort near the present Lenoir City. Fort Grainger was built by William Blount, and was named after his wife, Mary Grainger Blount.
The act establishing the county was the first ever for Governor D.W.C. Senter. In August 1870, the first county officers were chosen. The Baptist Church in Loudon became the temporary building of the county court. J.W. Clark & brothers built the new county court building in 1872. The Loudon County Court House is still being used today, and had been placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
The Overhill Cherokee Indians were the first settlers of the 240 square mile Loudon County. The Cherokees built their villages on the banks of Tennessee and Little Tennessee Rivers. The English soldiers built their camps on the opposite side of the Indian Settlement.
Lenoir City originated from lands owned by General William Lenoir. As a reward for his services during the Revolutionary War, the state of North Carolina awarded Lenoir 5,000 acres located along the northern bank of the Tennessee River. The land remained on the Lenoir family until 1876.
Today Loudon County is an emerging economic force in the East Tennessee Region. Loudon County is predicted to have a 30% increase in population between 2000-2010. Most of this population growth will be centered in the Knoxville-Lenoir City corridor. Each year, Loudon County is also experiencing a significant amount of new commercial and industrial development. Currently over sixty manufacturing plants call Loudon County Home. The key is to the success of its location, favorable business climate, abundance of reasonable electricity, good selection of industrial properties, and especially, its highly productive labor force.
Loudon County Statistics:
Average year-round temperature/weather:
Four distinct seasons
Spring typically lasts from March - June
Fall typically lasts from September - December
Average annual high temperature 68.9°F
Average annual low temperature 46.3°F
Average annual precipitation of 56 inches
Average of 11 inches of snow annually
Annual average temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit
Monthly Average High Temperature January 40°F July 87 °F
Monthly Average Low Temperature January 38°F July 62°F
Annual Average Precipitation 56"
Median price of homes:
Detached houses: $240,493
Cost of living:
2008 cost of living index in Loudon County: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Population of city/county and/or median age:
Median age = 41 years
Recreational and Cultural Activities:
Golfers will want to play on one or all of Loudon County’s year-round courses: Riverview Golf Course, Cedar Hill Golf Course,
Located on Beals Chapel Road in Lenoir City - 18-Hole Course
Loudon County Museum: The Carmichael Inn is located behind the courthouse in the city of Loudon. It is an 1810 restored stagecoach inn, which now serves as the county’s museum.
Historic walking tours
Loudon County offers much in the way of relaxation. Fishing is a key business in the area, as is camping and other outdoor pursuits. The county’s natural resources offer unique business opportunities as well-it’s soil is similar in content to that in California’s Napa Valley, and so the county was home to wineries throughout the 19th century, and that industry recently has taken hold in the county.
Loudon County School System is comprised of 10 schools making it the largest public school system in Loudon County.
Over 50% of the teaching staff in the Loudon County School System has at least a master's degree.
There are 7 four-year colleges and universities, and 6 two-year institutions in the upper East Tennessee region.
Loudon County has 2 school districts - Lenoir City and Loudon School Districts.
Highland Hills Christian
Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center
St. Mary’s Health Center
Sweetwater Hospital Association
Distance from Knoxville: Lenoir City: 25 miles Loudon: 31 miles
Nearest Airport: McGhee Tyson Airport
Spring ushers in the annual Dogwood Festival, wine festivals, wagon trains and horse shows. Summer months kick off the popular Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival, followed by the July 4th Celebrations, Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention, Arts & Crafts Show, and Mulberry Antique Show held in historic downtown Loudon. Fall for the October Fest whose popularity draws visitors from the entire region. Winter brings in the holiday festively celebrated by the Christmas parade, festivals and historic home tours.
It’s no wonder that Loudon County is the touted as the Gateway to the Smokies, with several lakes and rivers embracing and enhancing the county, including Ft. Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake, Milton Hill, and Watts Bar Lake. The community s a playground for water sports of all types, such as boating, fishing, and skiing. Other sports enthusiasts might enjoy the local archery range of one of the seven golf courses within the area.
Loudon County can be your headquarters for all kinds of land and water expeditions. Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains are just about an hour away to the east. The "Energy City" Oak Ridge and the Museum of Appalachian in Norris are less than an hour away to the north. Fort Loudon is 30minutes to the south. You can even go by boat to the Gulf of Mexico. Loudon County, Tennessee, is among the fastest growing communities in the state. Located within a day's drive of 75% of the nation's population, its numerous waterways and scenic beauty partner beautifully with the area's heritage and culture to provide exceptional quality of life for its residents. Access to labor pools both within and surrounding the county, a diverse mix of commercial, service and industrial entities combined with cooperative governments, provide a positive economic climate for business.
The “Lakeway to the Smokies” is home in Loudon County. One of the fastest growing counties in East Tennessee, one of its most notable assets is the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available to its residents. Loudon County’s proximity to four lakes and the Great Smoky Mountains, allow you and your family easy access to thrive in the outdoor recreational extravaganza that awaits. Not only do you get nature at its finest, but the cultural enrichment offered in nearby Knoxville, including the Knoxville Symphony, opera, ballet, zoo and museums, are yours for the asking.