The Little Tennessee River Valley (of which Vonore forms a part) is considerable archaeological and historical value. The valley was the principal homeland of the Cherokee Indian Nation for a long period of time. Many of the Overhill Cherokee Indian villages were located in the area. Tanasi, widely regarded as the source of the name of the State of Tennessee and Chota the Cherokee capital, was located in the Vonore area. Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet lived in the area and the Indian villages played host to Sam Houston during his sojourns with the Cherokees. Vonore is the home to Fort Loudoun the first Anglo settlement west of the Alleghenies, which was completed in July of 1757 only to be surrendered to the Cherokees in August of 1760. Vonore has a long history but modern incorporation did not come until June 21, 1965.

Vonore is a friendly town nestled in the foothills of East Tennessee, which is known for its unmatched beauty and scenery. With Tellico Lake bordering 75 percent of our town, the Fort Loudoun Historic Area and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum nearby, Vonore has great recreation and educational opportunities to offer. As mayor of Vonore, I wish to welcome you to our friendly town and hope you enjoy your stay whether it be for a few days or if you are looking for a permanent place to call home.

Vonore is enjoying tremendous economic growth while still keeping its small-town charm and sense of tight-knit community. A new Food City Store has recently opened and helped increase revenue and econom- ic stimulation.
In addition to our tourism attractions, Vonore is well-known for a tremendous industrial base with two thriving industrial parks, which have attracted local, regional, national and worldwide companies and corporations providing thousands of diverse employment opportunities. Many of

these companies have recently announced major investment and expansion projects, insuring employment growth years into the future. Vonore and Monroe County are centrally located in the middle of the Eastern part of the United States, making it an ideal distri- bution and manufacturing location. The Town of Vonore enjoys quality re and police projection. The staff at City Hall is available to assist you. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Town of Vonore has continued to upgrade its public park and recreation sys- tem and recently acquired a new re truck thanks in large part to a nearly $200,000 Community Development Block Grant. The town was also awarded a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant to build a new baseball park, which is nearing completion.

TheVonoreVeteran’sPark has built a new pavilion and picnic area and will be starting construction on a Flag Memorial soon. Additional park upgrades in the future will include improvements to our children’s park.

We hope you can see the great things that are happening in our town, and we welcome you to the Town of Vonore.


Mayor Bob Lovingood