Surrounded by the winding Nolichucky River and the abundant beauty of natural forests, Unicoi County is nestled in the arms of what locals refer to as “The Valley Beautiful.” Built on the heritage of the Clinchfield Railroad and the Southern Pottery, downtown Erwin still holds its roots dear to heart. From the beautifully restored depot, now used as the county’s library, to unique shops showcasing treasures from the past, visitors will soon recognize that citizens take pride in preserving the charm of this hidden gem.
Erwin holds a variety of shops for exploring from antiques and collectibles to a fountain drug store and a shoe repair and leather shop. Downtown storefronts capture the architecture of Erwin’s origin, while historic churches stand stately above the tallest of them, nestled in charming, nearby neighborhoods.While strolling along the streets, you will find all of your needs from financial institutions to law firms, hardware, newspaper office and courthouse. Don’t forget to check out the unusual florist and gift shop located in the historic former post office. If it is a night on the town you’re after, the local cinema offers the latest shows. Come early and check out the variety of popular eateries that are sure to tempt the taste buds with everything from homestyle cooking to pulled barbecue.
Erwin holds many opportunities for growth while holding on to its small town charm. The Town of Erwin Board of Mayor and Alderman has commissioned the development of a master revitalization plan to maintain the Town’s beauty while bringing a relaxing park atmosphere to the canvas. With lighting, signage, trees and benches, With the completion of the plan, the Town will completely renovate the sewer, storm water drainage, and utilities to include underground utilities and the addition of decorative lampposts to replace current street lighting in downtown. In addition, the Town plans to install new way finding signage in and around downtown, as well as add trees and benches to enhance the tranquil experience of shopping and exploring downtown.
Downtown Erwin is a Tennessee Main Street Program Community
Whether you are looking for a day of store browsing or a place to call home, come and experience the variety and rich history Erwin has to offer. You will see first hand what Blue Ridge magazine was talking about when it recognized Erwin as one of the “friendliest towns” in the south.