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    Historic Downtown Johnson City

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 8, 2014
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    ohnson City is a city in Carter, Sullivan, and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. The 2010 population for Johnson City was 63,152 by the United States Census, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.[7]
    Johnson City is currently ranked the #14 "Best Small Place for Business and Careers" in the USA by Forbes,[8] and #8 "Best Place for African Americans to Retire" in the USA by Black Enterprise magazine.[9] Kiplinger ranked Johnson City #5 in "The 10 Least-Expensive Cities For Living in the U.S.A.", stating the low cost of living is attributed to affordable homes and below-average utility, transportation and health-care costs.[10]
    Johnson City is the principal city of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that covers Carter, Unicoi, and Washington counties[11] and which had a combined population of 195,849[12] as of 2008. The Johnson City MSA is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region. The Tri-Cities is the fifth largest CSA in Tennessee with an estimated 500,538 people in residence

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    Historic John Sevier Hotel

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    Area artist Jerry Honeycutt forwarded to me a full-page advertisement in the Aug. 5, 1924, Johnson City Chronicle containing a much-anticipated announcement — The John Sevier Hotel was planning a formal grand opening for the first of its planned three-phase building program.
    The paper went on to say, “This house has been a dream; today it becomes a reality. Yesterday, it was a mystery; today it is a completed masterpiece. Yesterday it was a jumble, a chaos, a bedlam of noise and activity; today, it is a marvel of dignified, noiseless operation. Thus comes into being the full expression of Johnson City’s hospitality, the comfortable housing of Johnson City’s guests in a restful atmosphere of refined elegance.”
    The paper noted the two-day open-house program of ceremonies and events: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2-5 p.m. — reception and inspection with the public invited to see the hotel from basement to roof; 7 p.m. — a banquet for stockholders and invited guests with informal talks; and 9 p.m. — a ball for stockholders and invited guests. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 3:30-6 p.m. — reception and inspection; 7 p.m. — opening dinner (table reservations required); and 9 p.m. — dancing in the ballroom.
    On those two days, the hotel was opened with what was described as the “ultimate in hotel excellence.” It was deemed to be the social and business headquarters for the “State of Appalachia,” being a fine modern hotel located near the center of the business district. Further, it was a house wherein Johnson City could proudly entertain guests. For two days, the John Sevier throbbed with receptions, inspections, curious onlookers, gala banquets and well-attended balls.
    The entire populace of Johnson City was invited to preview the new facility, from its spring- laden basement to the top of the 10th story with its splendid view of the mountains. Each afternoon, guides were busy graciously escorting guests throughout the 10-story structure.
    Area residents were proud that the hotel was named in honor of the man whom historians tagged as the “Father of Tennessee,” being a rugged pioneer, American soldier, hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain and popular politician in the state.
    The public was urged to take advantage of the new hotel: “You built this house; it is yours to enjoy. Make the John Sevier your club and your other home. There is every facility here for a social or business function, be it a cozy dialogue for two, a bridge game, a luncheon, a reception, a business conference, a committee or club meeting, a banquet or convention. Think of the John Sevier Hotel as built for you and make every demand upon it. Drop in to meet your friends and business associates for chats and exchange of news. When pressed, irked or worried, drop in and spend 15 minutes at the hotel, relaxing in its air of geniality. Find here the atmosphere that brings the fresh mental grip needed to deal with your current problem.”
    The John Sevier, a Foor and Robinson Hotel, was elegance without being extravagant — fireproof, handsomely designed, decorated, furnished, equipped and constructed for possible future expansion of rooms. The company’s experience in creating a dozen fine new hotels made it refined, durable and at reasonable cost, raising the standard in hotel designing. The interior of the facility contained the latest and best expression in furniture, draperies, equipment and fittings, adding to its desire to achieve restful beauty, durability and grace. The code of Foor and Robinson was “anticipation,” meaning they provided in advance every whim that could be imagined from its customers.
    The John Sevier joined the ranks of other impressive Foor and Robinson hotels around the country in 1924: the George Vanderbilt Hotel (Asheville, N.C.), Ponce de Leon Hotel (Miami), Aragon Hotel (Jacksonville, Fla.), Hotel Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.), George Washington Hotel (Washington, Pa.), O. Henry Hotel (Greensboro, N.C.), Francis Marion Hotel (Charleston, S.C.), Cumberland Hotel (Bridgeton, N.J.), Sheraton Hotel (High Point, N.C.) and Cleveland Hotel (Spartanburg, S.C.).”

    Read more: John Sevier Hotel held grand opening Aug. 5, 1924 | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/109996/john-sevier-hotel-held-grand-opening-aug-5-1924#ixzz2sjtfNCAW
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  • Live music at the Down Home Pickin' Parlor

    by tennesseegirl Updated May 19, 2003

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    Ed, Roger, Mike, Brother Dave and all the rest at the Down Home make this one of the most special live music venues you'll ever visit. Tiny with amazing sound (good job, BrobecK!), you'll see the likes of Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, Acoustic Syndicate and many. many others in the most intimate and incredible places ever. A must visit if you're in the area!!!! Also, Wednesday nights are a treat. Open hoot, $1 cover, $4 pitchers and you never klnow what local talent you may luck into....

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  • whitewater on the Nolichucky River

    by tennesseegirl Written May 19, 2003

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    Naturally fed river crossing through the gorge from North Carolina into Tennessee, the Noli is a sweet splsh of heaven. Great river folks, too. Especially at USARaft...
    Also check out local hiking spots- Red Fork Falls, Laurel Fork Falls, Beauty Spot...any local should know the way...

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  • Ah, the outdoor recreation...

    by Mtnsport Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Ah, the outdoor recreation opportunities are limited only by time and imagination.

    The Appalachian Trail is a short 25 minute drive from town; from there you can head to Georgia or to Maine if you take the notion.

    Whitewater kayaking is found on the Nolichucky River only 20 minutes away. World class park and play is found at a spot known as Big Rock. The class 3-4 Noli is also a popular commercial rafting run during the spring and summer. It runs approximately 8.5 miles through one of the most scenic and deepest gorges in the East. A true must see! Contact USA Raft or Nantahala Outdoor Center in Erwin, TN for more rafting info.

    Mountain biking can be found on the campus of East Tennessee State University. It's a short but tight singletrack course in the woods on campus. There is also an excellent Dual Slalom course available but be ready! It's the real deal, bring your full on slalom rig for this course, no XC hardtails need apply unless you want to try out your health insurance! Other mountain biking opportunities are available in the Cherokee National Forest which lies 10 minutes outside of town. Other rides which are about 35-50 minutes away from town are at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, TN and at Roan Mountain State Park.

    While not really my thing, the fly fishing is really good around here. Contact Mahoney's at 423.282.5413 for info on where to go.

    In the winter skiing and snowboarding are available about 1 hour away in the mountains of western North Carolina. Ski Beech which is the highest ski resort in the East at an elevation of around 5500 ft is good, also check out Sugar Mountain and Ski Hawksnest as well. All located in or around Banner Elk, NC.

    Climbing is available at the Hang Out (423.467.9673), a great indoor climbing gym. Perfect for the winter and the kids. Real rock is about an hour to 1.5 hrs away at Hidden Valley in Abingdon, VA or in North Carolina at Ship Rock or Table Rock. Hidden Valley is primarily sport routes from 5.6 on up to 5.13 or so. Climbing in NC is anything but sport, bolting is not allowed so it's a trad climbers dream.

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a scant 2 hours away. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails here, some gnarly creeking runs for paddlers, and so long as you stay away from the roadside viewpoints and the AT alot of peace and quiet.
    The Southern Appalachians are a totally unique ecosystem. The Smokies is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, incredibly lush and full of life. Roan Mountain and Mt Rogers have several unique high elevation (5000-6000 ft) 'balds' that give spectacular views of the whole area.

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    Farmer's Market

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 8, 2014

    We happened across this farmer's market near the historic section of town. We had to park and get out to check it out..found some really good produce deals.

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