Pittman Center real estate listings are updated every 2 hours. Pittman Center offers residents small town charm and breathtaking natural scenery. Signage into the area states “A Community Dedicated to preserving our mountain heritage”, clearly indicating the area is focused on residential properties over commercial offerings. However, there are several camp grounds located along Hwy 321 as you head into Gatlinburg.
Entry to the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pittman Center lays between Gatlinburg and Cobbly Nob, in an area was once known as Emerts Cove. Named after Fredrick Emert, who settled in the area in 1784. In 1920 Dr. John Burnett founded the Pittman Community Center in Emert’s Cove. The Community Center was a settlement school designed to bring accessible education to rural Smoky Mountains people and was named after Eli Pittman, a New York reverend who helped Burnett secure funding for the Community Center.
In the 20’s Pittman Community Center included a medical clinic, a general store, and a post office. Funding for day-to-day operations came from growing apples and canning tomatoes.
In 1963, the Pittman School was merged with the similar Pi Beta Phi School in Gatlinburg to creating Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Local residents chose the name Pittman Center when they incorporated into the state of Tennessee in 1974.
Today, Pitman Center is home to several small craft shops and a few residential developments. Most recently the Rocky Top Sports Complex has added a renewed interest in area real estate.
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