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Fort Loudon State Historic Area

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Fort Loudon was originally built during The French and Indian War. This location was the far eastern border of the frontier, and a part of the British colony of South Carolina. This was built to help the British, and the local Cherokee peoples, defend itself, originally in the year 1757. But 1857, all traces of the fort had disappeared. President Roosevelt began reconstruction of the fort in the 1930's. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In the late 1960s, the TVA realized that the fort, and a few other close-by historic sites, were at danger of flooding and paid to have the fort moved. It opened at its current site in 1975, and was turned over to the Tennessee State Parks department in 1978. Today, it has five miles of hiking, a gift shop, picnic pavilions, fishing, a museum, and paddling. They also have tours and reenactments. We had so much fun crawling all over the live fort display and seeing the barracks and overlooks.

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