Douglas Lake is a man made lake. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) formed Douglas Lake from the French Broad River in the early 1940s. Douglas Lake is approximately 555 miles of shoreline with twists, turns, coves and bays stretching from the confluence of the Nolichucky, French Broad and Pigeon River in Cocke County, 8 miles west to the site of the Douglas Dam in Sevier County. While creating the Douglas Dam, the TVA spent one million dollars building a dike in order to prevent the Jefferson County Seat, the town of Dandridge itself, from being completely flooded by the water of the newly formed Douglas Lake. Today, nearly 60 years later, the Dandridge Dike has become a landmark on its own and an integral part of the town itself. The dike is located above numerous historical buildings, many dating back to the 1820s, and are today used as governmental offices and small businesses.
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Yearly Special Events Include:
• Shakin’ The Lake
• Scots-Irish Festival
• Christmas in Dandridge
• Cruisin’ and Groovin’ Car Show
• Music On The Town Concert Series
• Douglas Dash
• Jefferson County Business Expo
• Dandridge Arts Excursion
• Downtown Trick-Or-Treating
This is just a starting place to get you acquainted with our community, with “quaint” being the objective syllable there. Come back and visit our blog from time to time as we’ll have more to talk about.