Located 12 miles from Sevierville and seven miles from Gatlinburg, Pittman Center is home to less than 600 full-time residents. Although it’s small in size, the tiny mountain town of Pittman Center is growing due to its ideal mountain location and close proximity to the countless attractions of the surrounding Sevier County region. Residential homes in Pittman Center are typically comprised of single family homes or secluded mountain luxury estates all designed, built and maintained in an effort to respect the surroundings, preserve the past and make the future one that is economically sound.
In 1784, this secluded mountain region was first settled by Fredrick Emert and rightly named Emerts Cove. In the early 1900s, a Methodist missionary saw the need for education and healthcare in the region and oversaw the construction of a community center and school to be named after a friend by the name of Pittman. This very small and slow-paced town was incorporated in 1974, and the name Pittman Center became official. The town is roughly six square miles.
Despite the small scale of the town, Pittman Center is large in life and boastful of one very prestigious award as being a “Distinctive Destination” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for “providing enjoyable national, historic, aesthetic, recreational and cultural experiences for people of all ages.” Pittman Center has preserved the roots of the mountain heritage, resisted commercialization and urban sprawl, yet still supports growing tourism of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The strong leaders and residents of Pittman Center have taken their job seriously to protect this piece of paradise with strict zoning, a commitment to the region’s history, and diversity in architecture and economics. Pittman Center is a town worthy of its award, and it is a location homebuyers will be proud to call home. Residents celebrate their charming town by showcasing it during the local Pittman Center Heritage Day held in September each year.
Pittman Center is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and near the sparkling waters of the Little Pigeon River. The portion of the river traveling through Pittman Center has been named one of Tennessee’s cleanest waterways and given the recognition of being an Outstanding National Resource Water. It is the only river, outside of the National Park, with this award. This is another testament to the citizens of this fine community for their support of the environment and Pittman Center as a whole.
Another example of community preservation is a city-wide ordinance that stresses natural wood signs. This ordinance, supported by the townspeople, encourages their effort in keeping the look and the feel of Pittman Center a mountain town, not an amusement park. Pittman Center, with the charm of its covered bridge, is a mountain escape in a serene setting. Residents feel secluded from the chaos of the modern world without giving up an easy and breathtaking drive to all the amusements and recreational resources that eastern Tennessee has to offer. This includes direct access to the National Park through the Greenbrier entrance within the city limits.
Pittman Center, Tennessee is truly a mountain getaway in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offering homebuyers the best options in modern living with every possible amenity and convenience, yet in a setting so relaxing and quiet, it is a well-planned step back in time.
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