Chamber of Commerce
The Gatlinburg Chamber began more than 60 years ago. During the late 1930s, businessmen in the community banded together to form the first tourist bureau. In 1940, the newly organized tourist bureau was chartered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Gatlinburg Tennessee Chamber was officially chartered as a non-profit organization in June 1957.
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Since 1950, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen has been making Gatlinburg a whole lot sweeter!
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Gatlinburg's Charter in 1945, we are sharing stories of the people and places that have made Gatlinburg America's Mountain Home.
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Gatlinburg has a way of drawing people in and keeping them here. In 1950, the Dych family fell for its charm, and this town is a whole lot sweeter because of it.
Dave and Peggy Dych were on their way to California when they stopped in Sevierville to help Dave’s brother at his orphanage. During a chance trip to Gatlinburg, the couple fell in love with the hamlet. They saw the potential of Gatlinburg as a motor tourist destination and never left. Having grown up in Philadelphia where salt-water taffy was a seaside staple, Dave recognized that there was an opportunity to bring the sweet treat to the Smokies. He bought a taffy machine and began wholesaling it to mountain communities. In 1950, he and Peggy opened Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, and it has been a Gatlinburg tradition ever since. Gatlinburg.com/75th ... See MoreSee Less
What is the Gatlinburg Chamber’s Role?
The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce present role is that of a private, membership-funded business organization that continues to serve the business community through the active involvement in citywide issues, the publishing, distribution and management of the community’s Gatlinburg Vacation Guide and website www.gatlinburg.com for the City of Gatlinburg, and the daily attention to visitor mail, telephone, and internet inquiries. The Gatlinburg Chamber is a well established, thriving organization offering a wide variety of services to its members and consumers. With all the Chamber has to offer there has never been a better time to be a member of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce.
Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement
On behalf of our membership, The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce will promote, unify, inform, serve, and enhance the business community in a cohesive voice for the advancement of the economic, environmental, and social concerns of the community in order to make Gatlinburg a better place to live, work, and visit.