Dunlap, Tenn.: City Profile

Dunlap, Tenn.: City Profile

March 25th, 2012 in Chattanooganow2012

Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum is home to local coal mining history and lore on a 62-acre park that contains remnants of the beehive coke ovens that produced valuable coke fuel or making iron.

Photo by Ben Benton/Times Free Press.

"It's the love of the people. They act like they've known you forever. A lot of folks don't have all that much, but they'll give you the shirt off their back."

- Dave Anderson, South Florida transplant and owner of Backdraft's Donut Station

Location: Dunlap lies in the middle of the Sequatchie Valley at the center of Sequatchie County. It is the county's only town and county seat.

Size: 8.62 miles

Population: 4,815

Founded: 1858

Government: Dwain Land is mayor. City commissioners are Dan Barker, Jeff Harmon, Jeff Johnson, and Judy Layne.

Schools: Griffith Elementary, Sequatchie County Middle, Sequatchie County High

Attractions: Tennessee Tree Toppers hang-gliding operation at Henson Gap

Traditions: Dunlap is one of the "ground zero" points along the 675-mile World's Longest Yard Sale route, which runs between Gadsden, Ala., and Hudson, Mich., along U.S. Highway 127.

Famous landmark: Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum is the 62-acre home to local coal mining history and lore, as well as the annual Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival, held the first weekend in June, and the Coke Ovens Fall Festival, held the first Saturday in October.