Tour the Dolly and Dolly-Inspired Murals in Sevierville
Everyone loves a good mural, and Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, TN is rich in colorful and vibrant masterpieces. In fact, most of them are nods to the hometown sweetheart herself. Take this tour during your next Smoky Mountain vacation, and snap some free souvenir photos with these impressive works of art. Here’s a list of murals in Sevierville:
Murals in Downtown Sevierville
The historic Sevier County Courthouse, built in 1895, acts as a beacon and lures visitors to the downtown streets. Here you’ll find the famous Dolly Parton statue, seasonal floral landscaping, and small businesses with big charm. Sevierville’s downtown district is amid an impressive restoration; if you haven’t visited lately, you must come back to see what’s new in Downtown Sevierville. While you’re there, dine at The Appalachian, The Pines Downtown, or Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ. Then stroll the streets, shop, and tour the murals in Sevierville!
Parking Lot at Downtown Gazebo
This tour kicks off by parking at the Downtown Gazebo in Sevierville. The charming gazebo is surrounded by plenty of free parking, and the Wings of Wander mural stands tall in the back of the lot. Local artist Pinkie Mistry painted the mural, and her inspiration was the annual migration of monarch butterflies through the Smoky Mountain area as they fly south for the winter. It just so happens that Dolly Parton loves butterflies, so this mural was the perfect design to commence the downtown’s restoration.
Wings of Wander was the first mural to go up in the modern era of Downtown Sevierville. Since then, numerous others have popped up. Check out this video with tips for your best photo with Wings of Wander. Don’t hesitate to visit at night; this mural is lit after dark with color-changing lights!
The Appalachian – Outside on Bruce Street
Red’s Café was a popular eatery in Downtown Sevierville until it closed in the early 1970s. It opened in 1946, the same year Dolly Parton was born. The up-and-coming star dined there in her childhood years and often ordered a burger with fries. Pictured in this mural is the café owner, Red, handing a burger to a young blonde. This mural is a throwback to Downtown Sevierville’s early days. Red’s Café may be gone, but the retro vibe lives on through this colorful mural.
Painted by Seth Bishop and Ben Harrison, this mural is across the street from the Gazebo and is next to the outdoor dining area at The Appalachian restaurant. This restaurant serves local foods from area partners and boasts an expertly designed menu by famed local chef Dave Rule. Read more about this local celebrity chef and The Appalachian.
Make reservations for this contemporary Southern Appalachian restaurant and sit outside to enjoy the mural during your fine dining experience.
Jolene’s on Bruce Street – Inside
Well, hello, Dolly! Named for Dolly’s nemesis and the namesake for one of her first hit songs, Jolene’s on Bruce Street is a gift shop boasting Dolly Parton-inspired apparel, accessories, art, and souvenirs. This fascinating boutique celebrates the blonde bombshell with its glitzy décor and glamorous array of items.
The shop displays a large-scale depiction of Dolly Parton, and this mural is set off with a vintage sofa and guitar prop. This photo-worthy spot is the perfect place for fans to channel their inner Dolly. No visit to Downtown Sevierville is complete without a Dolly-themed souvenir and a photo with the mural at Jolene’s.
The Pines Downtown – Outside on Court Avenue
A 10-year-old Dolly Parton sang her first paid performance at the historic Pines Theater in 1956. To celebrate Dolly and some other famous stars who performed there, developers added an expansive mural to the building as it was restored into The Pines Downtown. This mural shows a young Dolly surrounded by June Carter Cash, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, and Archie Campbell. Seth Bishop, who also co-painted the Red’s Cafe Mural, designed and painted this sprawling masterpiece. View the mural from the sidewalk or road, then step inside to see the second mural at The Pines Downtown.
The Pines Downtown – Inside
The Pines Downtown is a social hub and entertainment venue complete with duckpin bowling, vintage video games, and unique games designed to bring people together. Downstairs, the bar serves hand-crafted cocktails and an expertly designed menu of scrumptious food while patrons soak in the spirit of Downtown Sevierville. Private event space is available upstairs, making The Pines Downtown a perfect place for a baby shower, wedding reception, birthday party, or any other event.
Sevierville’s newest mural is a stunning representation of Dolly Parton a little later into her career. Painted by Maisie Thompson, this mural is downstairs in one of the back quarters of the restaurant. The space entertains guests with duckpin bowling, comfortable seating areas, and plenty of space to catch up with friends and family. The social aspect of The Pines pays homage to Dolly, a social butterfly. This restaurant and entertainment venue also pays tribute to her love of community by bridging Sevierville’s past, present, and future.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to have The Pines Theater back up and running,” Dolly said about the historic spot.
Dolly’s captivating beauty and charming persona shine through the mural, setting the vibe for the space. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this breathtaking mural in person, and then enjoy a meal and a round of bowling while you’re in Sevierville. The Pines Downtown is family friendly.
Other Murals in Sevierville
Beyond Downtown Sevierville, some fun murals greet visitors as they arrive at the Smoky Mountains. Check out these picture-perfect murals during your next visit to Sevierville:
SMARM Thrift Store
SMARM Thrift Store is a resale shop with a purpose! This local organization serves struggling local individuals and families with rental and utility assistance, food, clothing, transportation, and other needs. SMARM, which stands for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, uses donated funds and proceeds from its thrift store to achieve this mission.
This local thrift store in Sevierville greets bargain hunters and thrifters with quality apparel, housewares, furniture, and other gently used treasures. Likewise, this thrift store is a great resource for baby and children’s items, toys, books, and more. Outside, the vibrant and colorful mural adorns a brick exterior. This mural features a layering of blue mountains beneath a sky filled with sunrise and sunset purples, pinks, and oranges. Plenty of parking is available for shoppers and mural seekers. Visit SMARM Thrift Store in Sevierville for the ultimate thrifting experience and take a photo of this inspirational mural.
Quaker Steak & Lube – Lower Parking Lot
No; this isn’t an oil change garage. Quaker Steak & Lube is an exciting restaurant that serves award-winning wings along with all the appetizers, entrees, and beverages you need to fuel your tank! This restaurant in Sevierville is themed to the max with NASCAR and vintage auto memorabilia. Where else can you dine under a classic car or a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Indoor and outdoor seating areas, an arcade, two bars, and a huge patio make up this epic eatery.
Automobile fanatics love this restaurant! It features a huge parking lot which is why many car clubs host events there. Ponies in the Smokies, an annual gathering of Ford Mustangs, meets at Quaker Steak & Lube for a fun night of fellowship. A thrilling mural painted especially for this group is available year-round for anyone to admire. Mustang drivers will love to photograph their own pony in front of the artistic mural in the lower parking lot. The mural is a representation of a wild mustang with a mane of mountains.
Quaker Steak & Lube is primed in position at the intersection of Parkway and Collier Drive, making this a convenient place to eat in Sevierville. Find it just down the street from Hillside Winery.
Hillside Winery – Patio
Lastly, relax after this Sevierville mural tour with a glass of local wine and enjoy one more mural! Hillside Winery is a stop along the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which is a winery tour that spans Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, TN. Guests at this local winery can take advantage of free tastings, winery tours, and wine-by-the-glass in the outdoor seating area. A rich and bold butterfly mural adorns this area, and it’s a great spot to snap a Smoky Mountain selfie while you relax.
Painted by the same artist who painted Wings of Wander in Downtown Sevierville, Pinkie Mistry, this mural is a lively depiction of the natural elegance of the Smoky Mountains and the friendly hospitality visitors experience. While at Hillside Winery, partake in a glass of your new favorite wine as you revel in the beauty of this butterfly mural in Sevierville. Mistry also painted a butterfly mural at Mill Bridge Winery in Pigeon Forge, which is another stop on the Rocky Top Wine Trail.
Touring the Murals in Sevierville, TN
Sevierville is the hometown of the Smokies. It’s a small town for residents and the gateway to the Smoky Mountains for visitors. Years ago, many of those visitors passed through Sevierville as they traveled to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Today, Sevierville is a major destination with world-class dining, shopping, and so much more. There are some great places to stay in Sevierville too!
Next time you’re planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains, stay in Sevierville and enjoy all that this little town has to offer. This mural tour is a fun and free thing to do in the Smoky Mountains!
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Authored in Appalachia || Amy Morton