The Loudon Area
Sometime in the 1790s the Blair family settled in what is now Loudon. In 1817 James Blair was granted permission to operate a ferry along the Tennessee River, and a community grew up around “Blair’s Ferry.” Due to various river obstacles along the river, Blair’s Ferry grew slowly, but experienced a period of rapid growth after the Tennessee government funded dredging projects that improved navigability and increased river traffic. Around 1835, the Blair’s Ferry Storehouse was built, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
In 1851 the community changed its name to Blairsville, and the following year the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad connected Blairsville with Dalton, GA, and renamed Blairsville “Loudon” after the nearby colonial Fort Loudoun, which had been guilt in 1756 and 1757 by the British to help gain Cherokee support for the British during the Seven Years’ War. It was named for the Governor General of Virginia and Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America, John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun.
Hotel Services and Amenities
You will welcome our comfortable pillow-top beds when you stay with us at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Loudon. While you’re relaxing in our spacious rooms, you will be able to enjoy premium cable channels on our flat screen TVs. And each room has a hair dryer, a coffee maker, free local calls, free Wi-Fi, and an iron and ironing board.
The business traveler will find our business center convenient for their needs. If you like to exercise, we have a well-equipped fitness center; if you forgot something at home or need a snack, we have a Sundry Shop full of goodies. Enjoy our pool, and be sure to get your free Bright Side Breakfast™ first thing in the morning!
Loudon Area Attractions
When a place has such a long history as Loudon, you can expect there to be a number of historical sites. While in Loudon be sure to see the historic Blair’s Ferry Storehouse. The Orme Wilson Storehouse, built in the 19th century, is currently occupied by the Wharf Street Coffeehouse. You can also listen to live music at The Lyric Theatre, a small theatre built around 1922. And there is, of course, nearby Fort Loudoun, after which the town was named.
You will also find Civil War battle sites nearby and Native American archeological sites dating back to the 13th century. And there are several parts in and around town where you can enjoy the outdoors, including Riverside Park and Loudon Municipal Park, which houses the Tate & Lyle Performing Arts Center. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachians, our waterfront lake and river views, and acres of gorgeous forests.