Isaac Anderson Cabin Dedication

Seventeen months after being completely dismantled and moved from Knox County, Tenn., to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn., the newly restored 217-year-old former home of Maryville College founder Isaac Anderson was dedicated in its new location.

On Feb. 8, 2019, more than 125 people gathered at the Heritage Center for the grand opening ceremony, which included remarks from Bob Patterson, executive director of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center; Cole Piper ’68, MC alumnus and board member for the Heritage Center; Clara Gowans Hardin ’57, MC alumna and member of Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville (whose members supported the cabin restoration project); Dr. Aaron Astor, MC associate professor of history; Lenny Lively ’19, who wrote and directed “Sturdy as a Rock: Our Bicentennial Story,” a play about Isaac Anderson that was performed on campus in March 2019; and MC President Dr. Tom Bogart.

The cabin is now a permanent part of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and is open during business hours. Inside panels tell the story of Anderson, the founding of Maryville College in 1819 as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary, and Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, which Anderson founded in 1818.