History and photography buffs can spend a day exploring the sites and history of Loudon County and learning about local notables such as General William Lenoir and R.T. Wilson. Begin your day at the Lenoir City Museum and Cotton Mill Site, then stroll the streets and avenues of downtown Lenoir City.
Next, travel scenic country roads to the National Campground site in Greenback. In 1873, the National Campground began holding interdenominational meetings as a means of uniting families and communities split by the Civil War. The original meeting shed still stands today and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This is one of several Civil War Trail sites in Loudon County, where colorful markers tell the history of the location as if it were unfolding before your eyes. To find all Civil War Trail locations in Loudon County visit www. civilwartrails.org.
From Greenback, head to historic Loudon, where you can grab a bite to eat while you read the colorful museum boards at the Riverwalk Grille at Carmichael Inn. Downtown Loudon has a variety of architectural designs with structures dating back to the mid-late 1800’s. Loudon County and surrounding areas have Indian archaeological sites dating back to the 13th Century.