As of writing (March 13th, 2017), the city of Gatlinburg and major entities throughout the East Tennessee Smokies are promoting an initiative called “The Smokies Are Calling” in an effort to show people how we have recovered from the wildfires and that we are opening Spring with the same strength and jubilee as ever before.
Because of the way in which the wildfire event played out and the efforts that went into quarantining the city away from the general public due to safety concerns, there existed for quite some time (and still does) great confusion as to what burnt down and what didn’t. At the time that the wildfire happened, many thousands of people had posted on social media and shared with others that they were convinced the entire city of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains National Park itself had burned down (because at the time, that’s what it really looked like was happening). The main function of “The Smokies Are Calling” is to dispel any remaining thoughts that the city has burnt down.
On top of that, for that reason and for archival use, we’d like to share with you the official list of structures/businesses that were indeed affected by the fires – either damaged or burnt down entirely. If the business is not listed on this site, than it was not damaged or discovered not to have been damaged in the fire.
That list is as follows:
Alamo Steakhouse, Gatlinburg: Destroyed.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Hughes Hall and Wild Wing (both lodging facilities) destroyed, as well as a maintenance building. The core campus was spared.
Baskins Creek Vacation Rentals: Destroyed.
Carr’s Northside Cottages & Motel: Heavy damage and destruction. Currently in the process of rebuilding (March 13th, 2017).
Chalet Village: Many cabins destroyed. Chalet Village the cabin rental business remains open but with fewer cabins on their program. Some cabins are being rebuilt.
Cobbly Nob community: Dozens of houses destroyed.
Creek Place Efficiencies: Destroyed.
Creek Place Properties: Main office building destroyed.
Cupid’s Chapel of Love: Destroyed; Facebook page says, We will be upgrading all of our weddings to Chapel at the Park.”
Dollywood: According to Dollywood Director of Communications Pete Owens, “more than a dozen” cabins damaged
Driftwood Apartments: Destroyed.
Eight Gables Inn: Destroyed.
The Fabulous Chalet: Damaged.
First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg: church building intact, but youth building destroyed; church’s Facebook page says to “please continue to pray for our service personnel still working the fires.”
Gatlinburg Church of Christ: Destroyed.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift: no damage, but the attraction’s website says “with the mandatory evacuation still active in Gatlinburg, Sky Lift operations remain closed.”
Gatlinburg Townhouse Village: 10 units destroyed.
Highlands Condos: Destroyed.
Hillbilly Golf: Damage to course.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum: Minor roof and smoke damage.
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek: Most structures destroyed.
Mountain Laurel Chalets: 44 cabins destroyed.
Mountain Lodge Restaurant: Destroyed.
NAPA Auto Parts, Gatlinburg: Damaged.
The Park Vista Hotel: Damaged but building stands.
Pittman Center community: Dozens of homes destroyed.
Riverhouse Motor Lodge: Destroyed.
Roaring Fork Baptist Church: Destroyed; church’s website said it is accepting donations and “thank you for all your prayers.”
Rocky River Motel: Damaged.
Southland Car & Jeep Rentals: Heavily damaged.
TreeTops Resort: Destroyed.
Tudor Inn Bed and Breakfast: Destroyed.
Wears Valley Community: Around 70 homes destroyed.
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa: Heavy damage; partially reopened on Dec. 10.
This information came from Knoxnews.com.