Seymour, Tennessee

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Seymour is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Blount and Sevier counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, United States. The CDP population was 8,850 at the 2000 U.S. census. It is included in the Knoxville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Seymour was originally the site of Newell's Station, a frontier station established by early Sevier County pioneer Samuel Newell (1754–1841) in 1783. The first court of Sevier County, State of Franklin, was held at Newell's Station in March 1785.[3] During the 19th century, the community was known as Trundles Crossroads, where the main road from Sevierville forked, with one branch continuing northward to Knoxville and one branch westward to Maryville (now the intersection of Boyds Creek Highway and Old Sevierville Pike).[4]

Upon completion on December 18, 1909, of the Knoxville, Sevierville & Eastern Railway, the community's station was named Seymour in honor of the line's chief engineer.[5] The Trundles Crossroads Post Office changed its name soon after to reflect the community's new designation.[6]

Geography

Seymour is located at 35°52′14″N 83°46′33″W / 35.87056°N 83.77583°W / 35.87056; -83.77583 (35.870533, -83.775936)[7]. The community is situated in an area where the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains give way to the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. Bluff Mountain, part of the Foothills of the Smokies, rises prominently to the south, while Bays Mountain, part of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, passes to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.7 square miles (32.8 km²), of which, 12.6 square miles (32.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

Chapman Highway (part of U.S. Route 441) traverses Seymour, connecting the community with Knoxville to the north. Near the center of Seymour, Chapman Highway forms a four-way intersection with U.S. Route 411, which approaches from Maryville to the west, and Boyds Creek Highway (State Route 338), which approaches from Boyds Creek to the east. At this intersection, Chapman Highway merges with US-411, and continues southeastward to Sevierville.

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