A long time ago Apple Valley Road, which runs along-side Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant was the main road between Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Across the river, you can still see the faint tracks where horse-drawn wagons forded the Little Pigeon River. The original farmhouse on this site burned, and in 1921 was replaced by a six-room house, which stands as the centerpiece of the restaurant. You can still see the wonderful built-in oak furniture in the original dining and living room.
In 1972, the Bon Hicks family and the Bill Kilpatrick family bought the 65 acre property from Roger Mullendore and operated it as a beef cattle and burley tobacco farm until 1976-1978 when they started to put it into apple orchards. In 1986, the Hicks and the Kilpatricks called upon Stokely Hospitality Enterprises to create Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant by expanding the original farmhouse. Surrounded by orchards, you will find that the “Apple is King.” The story doesn’t end there because the fruits of that orchard also included the addition of The Applewood Farmhouse Grill, where you can taste the tradition.