Morristown is a growing town with a population of about 28,000 people. It has affordable housing, great shopping and dining, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. But there are some surprising facts about Morristown that even long-time residents may not know. Here are four fun things you didn’t know about Morristown, Tennessee:
1. Disc Golf!
If you’ve never encountered this unique sport before, it’s like golf with a ball, except you fling a hefty Frisbee (the disc) at a metal basket mounted on a pole. The courses can be challenging, requiring you to dodge trees and fly your disc on uneven terrain, making for tricky sightlines. And, like golf with a ball, the object is to get the lowest score. There are three courses in Morristown, regarded highly enough in the disc golfing community to be nicknamed “The Big Three!” Disc golf is on the rise here in Hamblen County, which is evidenced by the Tennessee State Disc Golfing Tournament, held in Morristown since June 2013. If you want to try your hand at disc golf, check out one (or all!) of these three, free courses:
Cherokee Park Disc Golf Course: Cherokee Park, 3075 Floyd Hall Drive
Morristown Rotary Disc Golf Course: Frank Lorino Park, 3100 Lorino Park Road
Kiwanis Disc Golf Course: Wayne Hansard Park, 5100 Dearing Road
Click here for more information about outdoor recreation in Morristown.
2. Davy Crockett!
Long before Davy Crockett, the famed Frontiersman, was, well…famed, he was a boy who lived a short while in what is now Morristown, Tennessee. The Davy Crockett museum, located at Morningside Drive in Morristown, is a replica of the 1790s John Crockett tavern, on the site of Davy’s boyhood home. Inside are donated items and replicas from homes in the 1790s in the Hamblen County area, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who can tell you all about Crockett family history.
You can visit 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, May-October. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Click here for more information about the Crockett Museum!
3. We have a state park!
Panther Creek State Park is a 1,435 acre plot of land filled with miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and running. There are overlooks for sweeping views of the lake and trails with access to grassy lakeside areas for picnics and swimming. And, if swimming in a pool is more your style, they have one of those, too! It’s right next to the playground.
Click here for more information about Panther Creek State Park.
4. The Evil Dead was filmed here!
Talk about a cult classic: directed by Sam Raimi, (of Spider-Man fame) and starring Bruce Campbell (who is more recently known for his role in the television show Burn Notice, but always gets a cameo appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films) this movie takes B-rated to a whole new level. Launched in 1981, The Evil Dead features more fake blood and gore than you can pack into one abandoned cabin in the woods.
There you have it: four fun things about Morristown, Tennessee that you didn’t know. If you did know any of these fun facts, let me know by dropping me a line on my Facebook Page, or in the comments below!
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