Rock City turns 75

May 10, 2007

Rock City, the wonderfully retro roadside attraction atop Lookout Mountain, turns 75 years old this week. The Chattanooga Times Free Press ran a great piece (alas, subscription required) on this venerable home of gnomes and old school kitsch.

The history section of the Rock City website tells the story of how Garnet and Frieda Carter created Rock City as an offshoot of a 700-acre development they planned for the top of Lookout Mountain. While Rock City has become an icon for millions of travelers, thanks to the almost 900 “See Rock City” barns and countless birdhouses, the community that the Carters created is hanging in there as well.

“Fairyland” was the name they chose for the development, and it is a wonder in this wink, wink, nudge, nudge sniggering time in which we live that the name has lasted. But it has. The Fairyland Club thrives, and can be seen at 1201 Fleetwood Drive.

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