As well as being a portal to the land of Big South Fork, Jamestown is the home of great American revolutionaries and intriguing sights, not to mention World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York. With features like the landmark York Gristmill perched along the Wolf River, the world-famous 127 Sale, the world’s longest yard sale and Highland Manor, Tennessee’s oldest winery, Jamestown provides visitors and locals a great range of cultural and consumer attractions. Staying true to its small town roots, even with its own municipal airport and location on U.S. Highway 127, Jamestown manages to remain seemingly tucked away in the quiet, peaceful country of the Upper Cumberland – ready for you to discover.
Calendar of Events
Jamestown, Tennessee gets about 56 inches of rain and 19 inches of snow per year. The yearly US average is 37 and 25. Throughout the year, there is an average of 132 days with precipitation and 204 sunny days in the beautiful town of Jamestown, Tennessee. With a July high of 85 degrees and a January low of 26, this historic place offers plenty of variety for your taste in activities.
When to Visit
Just like any small town in the Southeast, Jamestown sees it’s best days in mid-April and May. Temperatures are mild, humidity is low and the nights are cool enough to enjoy a stroll outside. Tourism is much busier during the fall season since Tennessee’s countryside is nothing short of spectacular. Colorful and dramatic foliage cover the state parks and highway scenery. Days tend to be warm but the nights are refreshing and the humidity is gone (at least for now). Even if you catch some autumn rain, as most Tennesseans know, “If you don’t like the weather now, just wait an hour and it will change”.
The City of Jamestown was established in 1823 as a county seat for Fentress County and later became its own city in 1837. Both Fentress County and the City of Jamestown are named for prominent local politician James Fentress, a state legislator who served as speaker of the state house. As headquarters for the World’s Longest Yardsale, neighbor to Big South Fork and Pickett State Park, this historic family-friendly town has much to offer.More →
Big South Fork
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area preserves the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. Home to miles of gorgeous scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, every family can find their perfect getaway here.More →
Pickett State Park
This Tennessee state park is nestled into the Upper Cumberland Mountains. It is located in Pickett County, northeast of the peaceful city of Jamestown and adjacent to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The park is located on 19,200 acres of beautiful wilderness including caves, natural bridges and other rock formations to explore.More →
York Grist Mill
Built around 1880, the mill consists of a two-story frame millhouse mounted atop pillars of stacked rocks. Constructed by James Conley and William Rankin in 1880, this water powered gristmill was used for grinding corn to make cornmeal and served the region for several generations. Sgt. York purchased the gristmill in the early 1940s and operated it until the early 1950s.More →