In 2010 Jefferson City’s downtown area was chosen as one of only four locations in East Tennessee to participate in the state’s inaugural Tennessee Downtowns Program, a community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. “With this support from the state as well as other local stakeholders, we hope to make a big difference downtown that people can really be proud of,” says, Michael Evon, founding President of the Mossy Creek Foundation.
After months of preparation, planning and gathering public input, the group will begin executing plans that they hope will bring positive change to the downtown and make the city a better place to live. Members of this group have been meeting regularly since early 2011 to develop a solution to address the multi-faceted problems that currently affect the downtown area of the city.
This committee, which was appointed by city council, is currently working within four major areas to help bring new life into old Mossy Creek. These four areas include Planning, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring. These areas are consistent with the National Main Street Program that has been proven successful in addressing the full spectrum of interrelated issues that affect traditional commercial districts for almost 30 years in over 2500 communities throughout the United States.
FROM VIRGINIA TO TENNESSEE. Mossy Creek was founded in 1788 when Adam and Elizabeth Sharkey Peck floated down the Holston River with their seven children from Virginia to Tennessee and built their home along the banks of a very mossy creek. The Peck family had an immediate impact on the area and in building the community. Adam’s mill became the closest for nearby settlers—who previously had to make trips to Greeneville—and he became a member of the Tennessee Assembly and a Justice of the Peace. Meanwhile, Elizabeth worked to establish a Methodist church, another first for the area, and a sense of place; the church was simple, rustic, and provided a space for the small congregation to attend services.
By building a home, a mill, and a church, Adam and Elizabeth Peck laid a foundation for community growth and opportunity—a foundation that would serve as a catalyst for growth in the years to follow.
MILLS, MINES AND MONEY. The Peck children, including sons Moses Looney Peck and Jacob Peck, would go on to serve as leaders in the community much the way Adam and Elizabeth did. Moses and Jacob both served as leaders in the Methodist church. Additionally, Jacob helped build the Elizabeth Chapel and served as a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1822-1835.
Not long after the Peck family built their home, church, and mill, Thomas Hume opened the first store, and in 1798 Christopher Haynes established an iron works business. Thus, it was in large part due to the Peck family deciding to settle in the area that Mossy Creek began to thrive. The Pecks, Mr. Hume, and Mr. Haynes all contributed to the beginning of Mossy Creek’s local business and to the community that grew into what we know and love today.
MOSSY CREEK STATION DEDICATION CEREMONY: April 25, 2017 4:00pm
Named after the beloved train depot that once brought travelers to and from Mossy Creek, Tennessee, and later Jefferson City, this new park is set to welcome its first visitors on April 25th with a dedication ceremony. The community is invited to celebrate its opening and take a look a the new facilities that we hope will help to bring new life to the old downtown.
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: July 4, 2017 2:00pm
Celebrate America with your friends and family on the streets of the Historic Mossy Creek District, in downtown Jefferson City, Tennessee, with a wide variety of floats, vintage cars and other participants, waving red white and blue and throwing out lots of candy for the kids.
MOSSY CREEK BARBECUE BATTLE: NEW! Coming Soon!
The biggest battle in Mossy Creek since the war between the North and the South! Come experience great barbecue and Southern hospitality on the wild and woolly streets of Old Mossy Creek as contestants from across the region battle for the title of the Best Barbecue in Tennessee. Join in the fun with food, entertainment and more!
OLD TIME SATURDAY: October 7, 2017 9:00am ’til 9:00pm
There will be lots to do and see at the 32nd annual Old Time Saturday festival in the Historic Mossy Creek District. This is Jefferson County’s largest annual festival and features craftsmen and vendors from throughout the region. Nearly 10,000 people will once again fill the streets of downtown Jefferson City to honor its rich history as the once-bustling center of town. Be part of this fun-filled day and enjoy music, food, handmade crafts, and more!
JEFFERSON CITY’S HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: December 9, 2017
Experience great food, entertainment, parade, photos with Santa, carriage rides, and the traditional lighting of the Historic Mossy Creek District Christmas tree on Main Street. Free for the whole family! Parade at 2pm. Tree lighting at dusk. The Official Jefferson City Christmas parade begins at 2pm with line up starting in the Mossy Creek District at 1pm.