A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time | The Hatfields and McCoys and the Heart of Pigeon Forge

Feudin’ and Fightin’

The legendary feud originating in the 1860s on the West Virginia-Kentucky border is loosely portrayed in this comedy dinner show in Pigeon Forge. All ages are invited to see the spectacle of singing and dancing, feats of strength, stunts, and hilarious comedy. And be sure to come hungry, the show fills you up with a full southern all you can eat homestyle feast of fried chicken, pulled pork, southern style creamy soup, smashed potatoes, corn on the cob, bread, coleslaw, and granny’s famous dessert.

Dolly Parton, the heart of Pigeon Forge

You can’t visit Pigeon Forge without paying homage to Dolly Parton, who was born in nearby Sevierville in 1946. As young as age 8, Dolly was playing guitar and crafting her own songs. She grew up in a family numbering 12 children in all in a one-bedroom log cabin. At age 13, she got a break by having her music broadcast on the Knoxville radio airwaves, propelling her to Nashville and international fame the day after she graduated high school in 1964. “I Will Always Love You” made its debut in the album Just Because I’m a Woman. Dolly’s Smoky Mountain heritage lends a distinct voice from the Scots-Irish pioneers who made a home in the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains, as does her skillful songwriting ability that carries on East Tennessee’s musical traditions. It is this unique heritage that Dolly sought to preserve when she opened Dollywood in Pigeon Forge in 1987 as a showcase for artists and craftsmen of the Smoky Mountains. A visit to Dollywood offers a glimpse into Parton’s childhood, and into her belief in the importance of imagination in children’s lives. Because she loved to read when she was growing up in the Smoky Mountains, Dolly established the Imagination Library, which provides free books to children in 40 states. Dolly read anything and everything, including the Farmer’s Almanac, the Bible, and even seed packets as a youth in Sevier County. Each year Dolly returns to Sevier County to open Dollywood and star in the Dolly Parade, a sign that warm weather and summer fun is just around the corner in Pigeon Forge.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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