Maryville, Tennessee

Best Places to Retire in Tennessee


Maryville (population 23,500) is located in eastern Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, just 15 minutes south of Knoxville, and about 12 miles west of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The first settlement in the area where Maryville is now located was Fort Craig, which was built in 1785 to protect the settlers from Indian attacks. The city of Maryville was established in 1795, one year before Tennessee achieved statehood. Southern and Western Theological Seminary was established in the city in 1819 and in 1842 was re-named Maryville College. During the Civil War much of the city was damaged by fire and artillery.

Dozens of the historic buildings remain and many have been rehabilitated to keep the downtown historic area viable. Today it consists of entertainment venues, restaurants, retail stores, government buildings, religious and education facilities, and more. Foothills Mall on the outskirts of the city has over 50 specialty stores and nine eating establishments.

There are excellent opportunities for persons who like the outdoors with scenic beauty everywhere and the vastness of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (520,000 acres) only minutes away. The Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission also offers a wide range of activities, events and facilities for all ages. There are a number of dining choices and limited nighttime entertainment in Maryville. However, only minutes away are the resources of Knoxville — a major metropolis — and the University of Tennessee, which has a thriving arts program and big time athletics. Maryville has good healthcare and the McGhee Tyson (regional) Airport is only minutes away. It is not surprising that Maryville has been written about as one of “America’s Select Cities.”

Arts & Culture

The Palace Theatre is both an espresso bar and host to a wide variety of entertainment in the evenings. Events include bluegrass, folk singing, guitar pickin’, gospel, jazz, vintage movies, children’s entertainment, and more.

The Foothills Fall Festival is a family-oriented event featuring concerts, exhibits, arts and crafts, and children’s entertainment. It is held along Maryville’s Greenway Trail and concerts are in at the city’s Theater in the Park.

The School of Music at the University of Tennessee offers over 150 recitals and concerts per year. Many events are free of charge.

The University of Tennessee School of Music has two performance facilities. The first is the James R. Cox Auditorium at the Alumni Memorial Building, which seats 900. Within the building there are also two smaller halls which seat 300 and 400. The second facility is the University of Tennessee Music Hall with seating for over 600.

The University of Tennessee Clarence Brown Theatre program has three performance facilities: the Clarence Brown Theatre, which seats 576; the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre with flexible seating for 350, and The Clarence Brown Lab Theatre, which is a 100-seat black box venue.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1935, is recognized a one of the fine regional orchestras is the U.S. It has a core of full-time musicians and performs over 200 programs throughout East Tennessee. More than 5,000 people subscribe to the symphony’s three subscription series, KSO Masterworks, SunTrust Chamber Classics and POPS.

Knoxville Museum of Art –

The Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day –

Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s music theatre and theme park at Pigeon Forge (35 miles).


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States (520,000 acres), attracts over nine million visitors each year. Activities include hiking, camping, sightseeing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, picnicking, photography, and wildlife viewing. There are beautiful vistas and over 800 miles of trails.

The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission operates and maintains the facilities in the area. Included are athletic fields, playgrounds, many pavilions, picnic areas, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and gymnasiums.

The University of Tennessee has big time college athletic programs in both men’s and women’s sports.

Knoxville Zoo –

Tennessee Riverboat Excursions (2 hrs.) –


Maryville College is a private, four-year liberal arts college. The school opened in 1819 as Southern and Western Theological Seminary (Presbyterian). The name was changed to Maryville College in 1842. Enrollment is approximately 1,000 students.

The University of Tennessee is about 15 miles away in Knoxville. It has 26,000 students and offers nearly 400 academic programs.

Roane State Community College in Harriman serves an eight-county area in East Tennessee that includes Roane, Anderson, Cumberland, Scott, Loudon, Campbell, Fentress, and Morgan counties In addition to these counties, Roane State’s Health Science service area also includes Knox and Blount counties.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville is an accredited public two-year college.

Senior Programs

The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation offers extensive programs for adults over age 50. The location for many of their programs is at the Everett Senior Center. There is a nominal membership fee, which includes a newsletter with a calendar of events.


Blount Memorial Hospital is a 334-bed general medical and surgical hospital operated by Blount County.


McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville is only minutes away (about four miles). With parallel 9,000 foot runways, it can accommodate any type aircraft, civilian or military.


Average temperatures for January are a high of 46 degrees and low of 28 degrees. The July averages are a high of 87 degrees and low average of 68. Average precipitation is 4.8 inches in January and 4.7 inches in July.


The Daily Times –
Knoxville News Sentinel –

Property Taxes

Blount County Tax Assessor –

State Taxes

Chamber of Commerce

State Aging Agency


Knoxville – 15 miles
Townsend – 16 miles
Sevierville – 28 miles
Pigeon Forge – 35 miles
Gatlinburg – 39 miles
Chattanooga – 110 miles
Asheville, NC – 120 miles
Nashville – 186 miles

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