DescriptionSince the Tellico Dam was completed in 1979, the development of Vonore has been closely linked with the Tennessee Valley Authority, which now supervises the construction of residential communities and industrial areas on the land surrounding the 16,500-acre reservoir. Spared from Tellico Dam's topographical rearrangement of the area are two attractions of major historical significance.
Fort Loudoun, the first British fort west of the Appalachians, is a mile north of Vonore off US 411. During the French and Indian War the 1756 fort served as England's southwestern outpost. In 1760 the fort was burned by the Cherokees. The fort and its palisades have been reconstructed, and the site includes a powder magazine, blacksmith shop, gun platform and visitor center. .
Across the Little Tennessee River is Tellico Blockhouse, an American military outpost built on the border of the Cherokee Nation during Tennessee's territorial period. Several important treaty negotiations were conducted with the Cherokee at this site. The blockhouse was later converted into one of the first federally operated trading posts and was a main stop on the stage route between Knoxville and Huntsville, Ala. The fort and blockhouse are open for self-guiding tours; phone (423) 884-6217.
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