Community profile: Dunlap, Tennessee, is in the center of the beautiful Sequatchie Valley

Community profile: Dunlap, Tennessee, is in the center of the beautiful Sequatchie Valley

March 29th, 2015 by Ben Benton in FYI - 2015

The streets of downtown Dunlap are blocked off every year for the annual 4th of July Parade down Rankin Avenue. A large celebration on the courthouse lawn follows the parade.

Photo by Carson Camp

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

Size: 8.62 square miles

Founded: 1858

Population: 5,053 (2013 estimate)

Mayor: Dwain Land

Commissioners: Dan Barker, Jeff Johnson, Judy Layne and Jeff Harmon

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

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

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

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

Quote: "We're friendly. If you're lost we'll try to get you on the right path. We're good people and we're just a good hometown." -- Gail Henry, owner of the Pit Stop with her husband, Bobby