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  • Historic Montvale 1832-2011
  • Montvale Springs Hotel
  • Montvale Springs Hotel
    • The first hotel at Montvale was a log cabin built in 1832.
    • By the 1860’s the cabin had been replaced by the 125-room Seven Gables Hotel known as the Saratoga of The South.
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  • Historic Trees
    • Rare trees planted in the 1860’s by Asa Watson, who built the Seven Gables Hotel, survive today.
    • 1920’s photos from Knox County Library’s Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Montvale Cedars
    • Today Cedar trees planted in the 1800’s line the old Montvale road as shown in this 1920’s photo.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • The Bandstand
    • In the 19 th century guests were entertained by band concerts.
    • The current structure is a replica.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • 1920’s Montvale
    • This building replaced The Seven Gables Hotel, which burned in 1896 – still guests came to escape summer heat and to take the waters .
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Spring Houses
    • In the 1830’s hunters noticed the deer gathering to drink at Montvale’s springs.
    • There were several springs on the Montvale Springs Hotel property – a sulphur spring three miles from the hotel and two springs nearby provided mineral waters.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Montvale’s Springs
    • Montvale spring water was praised by Dr. John Moorman as valuable in the treatment of maladies ranging from anemia to dyspepsia, dropsy, paralysis and nervous afflictions.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Healing Waters
    • The mineral waters were rich in iron and sulphuric acid as well as lime, magnesia, chlorine, soda and potash.
    • Montvale water was described as light, refreshing, and agreeable to the taste .
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Mountain Views
    • The view from the hotel’s 200-foot porch toward Chilhowee Mountain and the Smokies attracted guests through the 1920’s and 1930’s.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Pflanze Family
    • Ludwig Pflaze of Maryville purchased Montvale in 1911.
    • The family lived in this house and operated the hotel until it burned in 1933.
    • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • Montvale Hotel Rear View
    • The hotel was known for its excellent food – especially its homemade bread and chicken pie.
    • Roxie Thompson recalled her first job at Montvale was to kill 25 chickens for dinner.
      • Meals were cooked on wood stoves and fireplaces heated the hotel.
      • Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
  • 1930’s Montvale Map
  • Seven Gables Pavilion
    • The last hotel at Montvale burned in 1933. Only the stone steps remained.
    • The YMCA purchased the property for a camp in 1948 and later constructed the Seven Gables Pavilion on the hotel site.
  • The Twin House
    • Little is known of the origins of this unusual structure. One theory is that the house combines two of the cabins that at one time lined the main road into the property.
    • The YMCA used the twin house as housing for counselors and storage for camping equipment.
  • The Clay House
    • Built by Ludwig Pflanze sometime after 1911, the clay house is an example of rammed earth construction and is thought to be one of the first such buildings east of the Mississippi.
    • The clay house was used by the YMCA as housing for camp counselors.
  • Ludwig Pflanze also built the clay barn using rammed earth construction.
  • Camp Montvale
    • From 1949-2006 the YMCA’s Camp Montvale provided special summer camping experiences and happy memories for many, many campers.
  • Camp Montvale Memories
  • Montvale Today
    • These cabins were built in 2002.
  • Montvale’s Future
    • Montvale’s storied history continues with Harmony Adoptions and the plans to establish the Harmony Family Center at Montvale.
  • The grounds at Montvale will once again welcome families and children .
  • The Infirmary will become the new Therapy Center.
  • The lodge, cabins and grounds will be available to the community for meetings, retreats, and special events .
  • And Montvale will continue to be a place of peace, beauty, and healing.