Historic Isaac Anderson Cabin to be formally dedicated in new home Feb. 8

Historic Isaac Anderson Cabin to be formally dedicated in new home Feb. 8

Jan. 23, 2019

The former home of Maryville College founder Isaac Anderson will be formally dedicated in its new location at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn.

Maryville College is inviting the public to the grand opening ceremony for the Rev. Isaac Anderson Cabin at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center on Fri., Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting will mark the cabin’s official opening to the public.   

The two-story log cabin where Anderson lived before founding Maryville College 200 years ago was slated for demolition in 2017, when donors raised the necessary funds to move the structure from Knox County to Townsend.

After the cabin was dismantled and the pieces were hauled to the grounds of the Heritage Center, log cabin experts documented every piece with photographs, numbered them with plastic tags, and then carefully reassembled them as part of the restoration project.

“It is both amazing and gratifying to know that the original 1802 home place of Isaac Anderson, the founder of Maryville College, has been saved from destruction,” said Cole Piper ’68, a Maryville College alumnus and member of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s board of directors. “Thanks to the generosity of many Maryville College alumni, friends and community leaders, it has been fully restored and moved to its new and fitting home at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center located in Townsend.”

The cabin is now a permanent part of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and will be open daily.

“Since construction began, the cabin has drawn a great deal of attention,” said Bob Patterson, executive director of the Heritage Center. “We are pleased with this joint venture with Maryville College and look forward to other unique opportunities this will offer us in the future.”

Founded as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary by the Synod of Tennessee on Oct. 19, 1819, Maryville College is celebrating its 200th year in 2019.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.