Maryville: Yesterday & Today
Steeped in American history, Maryville's story begins hundreds of years ago, when it was settled in 1785 by Revolutionary War veteran John Craig, who donated the first 50 acres that would become the city we enjoy today. Territorial Governor William Blount formally established Maryville on July 11, 1795, and named the small village for his wife, Mary Grainger Blount. Less than 100 years later, Maryville found itself caught in the grip of opposing forces during the American Civil War, and the town came under attack. The courthouse, where Maryville's city records were housed, was set ablaze by Confederate forces. Many of those historic records were rescued by Polly Tool, an African-American slave. A statue commemorating her extraordinary courage stands in the courthouse today.
Maryville and the surrounding area honors its rich history with historical landmarks, numerous houses of worship, and other activities. Located just 20 miles south of Knoxville metro, Maryville is close to a variety of recreational, dining and cultural venues. Golfing, houses of worship, cafés, bicycle tours, gift shops, scenic outdoor drives, museums, continuing education, outdoor adventures, and landmarks are all just a short drive away. Whatever your mood, whatever your interest, there's always a perfect place to go to enjoy our neighborly community. The links below are just a sampling of the many venues waiting to entertain you.