Posted by: ushistoryfiles | September 3, 2009

Elkmont Wonderland Club

Smokies Sept 06 - 44If you have ever camped at the Elkmont campground in the smokies you have driven right past the Wonderland Hotel and probably never noticed.  The hotel was part of the Elkmont “Wonderland Club” which was a vacation community.  The Elkmont area was at first the site of a logging camp.  Then in 1919 several Knoxvillians who had been rejected for membership into the Appalachian Club bought the site and built the hotel and several cottages.

Smokies Sept 06 - 45When the park was formed the cottages were sold to the government with a lease agreement.  Most of those expired in the 90s with two expiring in 2001.  Part of the hotel collapsed and the park had to decide what to do with the structures in the community.  Some are to be restored and others documented and removed.  You can find more information on the preservation plan here.

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