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TN History for Kids

Hamblen County

Downtown Morristown

Morristown is the only small town in Tennessee (and perhaps in America) with sidewalks on the second floor.

Back in the 1970s, when its downtown was renovated, the idea of second-floor sidewalks seemed to make sense. After all, with sidewalks on the street, and sidewalks on the second floor as well, buildings in downtown Morristown would get twice as much commerce, right?

Today people in Morristown don't agree about whether this was a good idea. But they can at least tell other people from across the state about their second-floor sidewalks.


Here's the Hamblen County Courthouse.

Hamblen County

County seat: Morristown

Population (2015 estimate): 63,402