Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

Vonore, Tennessee

During the French and Indian War, the colonists of South Carolina felt threatened by French activity in the Mississippi Valley. To counter this threat, the colony sent the Independent Company of South Carolina to construct and garrison Fort Loudoun. Located in the region that later became southeastern Tennessee, the fort was built in 1756. This move helped to ally the Overhill Cherokee Nation in the fight against the French and guaranteed the trade would continue between the Cherokee and South Carolina. Eventually the relationship between South Carolina and the Cherokee broke down. This 1,200-acre site is located in Vonore, Tennessee. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of the state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook the Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains. An interpretive center offers information on the area's history and displays artifacts that were excavated prior to the Fort’s reconstruction.

338 Fort Loudoun Road
Vonore, Tennessee 37885
(423) 884-6217
(423) 884-2287

Hours of Operation

Visitor Center hours: 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., daily, year-round. Grounds open 8:00a.m. to sunset, daily.

Fort Loudoun
Monroe County Tennessee Department of Tourism
Visitor Experiences

Fort on Site
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Handicap Accessibility
Hiking/Biking Trail
Living History Presentation
Native American Interpretation
Open Year Round
Park/Recreation Area
Picnic Area
Visitors Center