The barn was purchased in 1972 by the Hicks and Kilpatrick families, and the original structure goes all the way back to 1910. These families scrubbed the barn clean one board at a time and started planting apple trees around the area. The Apple Barn opened its doors in 1981, and the two families’ orchard now has more than 4,000 trees.
The first addition to the apple barn was the Cider Room where visitors could watch all the apples being pressed into delicious cider and then be served a glass, hot or cold. You can watch apples from their 4,000 trees being pressed into cider, which you can sample! Eventually the scrumptious apples made their way into all sorts of baked goods for visitors to enjoy. Today you can enjoy apple pies, doughnuts, dumplings and more at The Apple Barn.
The Apple Barn Village continued to expand over the next few decades, eventually developing a recipe for their very own applewood smoked ham and bacon, and of course their famous mountain apple butter. Visitors can purchase these goods and more in the village’s general store.
There is also a candy shop and ice creamery that the kids will love. And for the parents, don’t miss a tasting at the Apple Barn Winery. The Apple Barn Winery is part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. The winery boasts a hand crafted flavorful selection made from local fruit. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy both the free tastings and the great selection of wine accessories in the gift shop.
One of the most exciting additions to the village was the original Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, voted best breakfast, restaurant, and southern food in 2019. It didn’t take long for the owners to realize the extremely high demand of their tasty meals, and they opened an additional restaurant (The Applewood Farmhouse Grill) in 1995.
The newest addition to village is the Cider House, offering hand crafted hard ciders on site. The masterminds behind these tasty beverages utilize a sterile filtration method rather than a full pasteurization process to retain as much of the crispy apple cider taste as possible. And it’s more than just apples; there are flavors combined with things like loganberries and muscadines.
Make your own knife, or purchase hand made knives one of a kind. Private classes one on one with Uncle Hank.
Uncle Hank’s sits in a tiny home which is one of the oldest brick building in Sevierville, right in the parking lot of Smoky Mountain Knife Works. It’s here that you can take classes from Hank and make your own knife! Hank makes it very easy to understand how everything is going to work, and the safety of each tool you will encounter.
Move from firing and hammering then to sanding… to hardening… and finally to sharpening and polishing.
Hank has worked with kids as young as 5 years and as old as 90 years.
The knife making session takes about 3 hours for four knives but you can make a smaller knife in as little as 30 minutes. Just be sure to make a reservation as soon as you know you are heading to the area. Appointments are all private and they fill up fast.
There is no shortage of restaurants in Sevierville
BY VICKY REDDISH – JUNE 24TH, 2019
The Smoky Mountains boast a wide range of culinary offerings. No matter your idea of the perfect meal, you’re bound to find it in at least one of the region’s charming towns, each of which fills a different gastronomical niche. In Sevierville, you’ll be most impressed by the down-home cooking, with local eats taking on an enticing blend of Appalachian and Southern traditions. Restaurants here tend to operate at a slower pace than their busy Parkway counterparts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There’s plenty to love in both types of dining experiences, but if you’re looking for something a bit more leisurely and personal, you’ll definitely want to check out these top Sevierville restaurants:
Five Oaks Farm Kitchen pays homage to local legends Dr. John and Blanche Ogle with generous portions of hearty Southern-style food. Hospitality is a big deal at this family-friendly restaurant, where every meal is served with a side of quality conversation. The restaurant encourages visitors to kick back and take a break from their hectic lives, even if only for an hour or two. Be sure to arrive with a big appetite; whether you order griddle cakes, chicken liver, or one of the restaurant’s famed smokehouse meals, you’ll leave with a full belly — and a huge smile on your face.
Bringing the bistro experience to the heart of Sevierville, Holston’s Kitchen offers an affordable and accessible take on fine dining. This hip restaurant is a go-to for couples, who regard it as the ultimate date night destination. Trendy vibes are immediately evident when you set foot in the restaurant; brick walls and minimalist decor grant it a simple, yet sophisticated feel in keeping with today’s industrial chic ethos.
Primarily a steakhouse, Holston’s Kitchen serves a variety of dishes guaranteed to appeal to self-avowed carnivores. The restaurant’s juicy steaks are enticing, but so are the thick-cut burgers and house-smoked pork ribs. If you’re an early bird, feel free to stop by on Saturday morning for a delectable brunch accompanied by a refreshing Bloody Mary.
Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant boasts a long history in the Smoky Mountains, where it began as a family farm and eventually transformed into a family eatery. While the restaurant serves a variety of hearty meals, apples are clearly the centerpiece; every entree comes with a complimentary serving of apple fritters, apple butter, and Applewood’s signature julep. These alone could easily satisfy, but you’ll also want to sample home-style meals such as pot roast, country-fried steak, or chicken pot pie.
At Applewood, the atmosphere is just as important as the food — and you’ll find no shortage of charming ambiance. Enjoy your meal out on the porch, where you’ll appreciate the fresh air and the quaint view. Inside, rustic decor helps you feel relaxed and perfectly at ease as you sample the ultimate in fresh, Southern-style cooking.
Sevierville boasts its fair share of pleasant cafes, where you can start each morning off on a high note. Begin your day with a cup of coffee and a generous serving of sugary goodness at Courthouse Donuts, where every donut is personalized to fit your vision of the perfect dessert. The process is simple: choose an icing, a topping, and a sauce — or as Courthouse’s employees explain, “Dip it, top it, sauce it.” You’re also welcome to choose from the donut shop’s specialty selections, which include key lime pie, creamsicle, and peanut butter cup donuts. Stop by during the lunch hour for a fresh sandwich, accompanied by — you guessed it — a delectable donut. You’ll quickly discover the meaning behind the motto, “The taste is arresting.”
Another Sevierville cafe worth checking out, Elvira’s injects a familiar concept with a touch of mountain appeal. Local ingredients dominate the menu, which includes such enticing dinner entrees as fried catfish, blackened trout, and prime rib. Earlier in the day, you can order specialty omelets and crepes for breakfast, or sandwiches and salads for lunch. No matter what you order, it will arrive looking, smelling, and tasting so fresh, it just might jump off the plate. The mountain air is just as fresh, as you’ll quickly discover if you enjoy your meal in the screened-in porch.
Whether your dream Sevierville dining experience involves a trendy bistro or a cute donut shop, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that serves up both fresh food and Southern hospitality. The essence of Sevierville is clearly on display at its delightful restaurants, so don’t hesitate to stop in for a satisfying and memorable meal.
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Legacy Mountain Zip lines offer:
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Located on 400 acres of beautiful land
Beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains
4.5 miles of ziplines, 450 ft off the ground!
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