This small town is the only town in our great country named after Martha Dandridge Washington: the first First Lady! Thriving by dint of its location on the French Broad River (now Douglas Lake) and the busy stage road, this small settlement grew into a bustling town, full of hospitality. It’s easy to see the friendly personality of the area with a trip into downtown, with its history on full display on the face of every store. This is a town full of surprises: fun shops, delicious restaurants, and lovely mountain and lake vistas. It’s worth a trip for sightseeing, and while you’re here, we have a few shopping suggestions! Read on:
139 E. Main Street, Dandridge, TN 37725
As the website describes, this shop with the cheery yellow exterior is actually a collection of gift shops located inside. Clothing, home décor, food and holiday cheer are all available in one place, in this historic building!
Call 865-397-0101 or visit shopdandridge.com to find out more.
The Shoppes at Roper Mansion
218 W. Main Street, Dandridge, TN 37725
For a more upscale shopping experience, visit the restored Federal style Roper Mansion. Here, you’ll find antiques, jewelry, gourmet food and even a gallery of original oil paintings from the 19th to 21st centuries. This is one house worth visiting for a sense of historic Dandridge. Even the restored kitchen is part of the store!
Call 865) 484-1237 or visit ropermansion.com for more information.
106 W. Meeting Street, Dandridge, TN 37725
An eclectic shop full of girlfriend gifts: wine accessories and trinkets to make you laugh. This is a fun stop for Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers.
Call (865) 397-7500 for more information.
Tinsley-Bible Drug Co.
1224 Gay Street Dandridge, TN 37725
This is a local landmark, founded in 1911. With an old-fashioned drug store fountain , complete with ice cream and the famous Bible burger, you can enjoy a break in the shopping day. There are seasonal items and treats for sale, too. Pick up your souvenir Dandridge hats and shirts on the way out!
Call 865-397-3444 or visit tinsleybibledrugs.com to find out more.
149 E Main Street, Dandridge, TN 37725
This store is more than a quick in-and-out; it’s a more eclectic experience for antiques and collectibles. This might be the place to find a gift for that person who just has everything … or for yourself!
Call (865) 484-0222 to find out more.
Bucks ‘N’ Bass
664 E Meeting Street, Dandridge, TN 37725
It’s no secret that Dandridge is a lake town. And no lake town would be complete without a great fishing outfitter. For the fishermen and women in your life, check out this store. They have all the practical necessities for fishing (like live bait!) but they also have a selection of hats, shirts and other accessories.
Call (865) 397-6455 or visit bucksnbass.net for more information.
Just a little over a half an hour to Knoxville and just under a half hour to Sevierville, Dandridge is just enough out-of-the-way to feel like a vacation when you come to town. The people who live here are very proud of their heritage. We hope you enjoy your visit.
As always, if you’re interested in learning more about living in Dandridge, visit Darlenereeves-kline.com.