Dandridge, TN is the second oldest city in Tennessee, founded in 1793 just 10 years after settlers first arrived to the area; second only to Jonesborough. Dandridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has preserved its historical, beautiful, quaint look. The town is named for Martha Dandridge Washington, the wife of our first American President.


Dandridge was part of the Civil War in 1863 when a skirmish took place in town between the North and South, looking to control areas of Knoxville. Union troops were held back to New Market, a community near Dandridge. In 1942 the Tennessee Valley Authority flooded the farmland and nearly took the town with it, bringing us Douglas Dam and what we know as Douglas Lake. Citizens of Dandridge petitioned Eleanor Roosevelt to build what is called a saddle dam that rises just past the County Buildling.

Today, downtown Dandridge, TN offers a charm rarely found elsewhere. The courthouse and downtown area will welcome you to days gone by. Find restaurants and unique shopping and friendly folks who say hello.

Lakefront Cabins are all located around the Douglas Dam area near Historic Downtown Dandridge where you can find restaurants and quaint shopping. Our cabins are 30-40 minutes to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville, and just 15-20 minutes to I-40 or Sevierville. Stay with Lakefront Cabins for affordable lake rentals and don’t miss the connection to history in Downtown Dandridge!