Dock's Motel is situated on the banks of the Little River. The Little
River comes straight out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Absolutely clean fun too. From tubing to fly fishing, the Little River is
the place to be on hot summer afternoons.
Motel was built in 1935 by Lorene Whaley Huskey at the age of 33. Lorene
was from Greenbrier located just east of Gatlinburg, now a part of the
National Park. Her husband Wesley Huskey died from a war-related disease.
She had two children Dean Huskey and Jean Huskey. Jean died when she was 2
with a fever.
The original location was across the road from Riverstone Restaurant going toward
the National Park. You can still see the rock walls where the cabins once
set, then known as "Doc's Cabins".
The State of Tennessee obtained the right of way for the current road in
the 1950's and Doc's had to relocate. The present location was then known as the
"Old Sam Law Place". There was once and old two story "white house" where
the river cabins currently set. The grounds area was then an apple and
chestnut orchard. You can still see part of the original road bed located
directly behind the river cabins. This was the main road through Townsend
which ran along the river. The railroad ran where the present highway is
now. The original cabins are rooms 1 & 2, 4 & 5, 7 & 8, 10 & 11 and 14.
Room 3, 6, 9 and 12 were added later converting the cabins to a motel. My
grandmother, Mrs. Huskey, with the help of her two brothers, Dan Whaley
and Clay Whaley, built the cabins.
train conductor of the Little River Railroad would stop and ask, "Mrs.
Huskey, how many logs do you need today"? There was a small mill set up on
site. The logs were cut, planed, then taken into the cabin and nailed up
the same day. The beautiful pine you see inside the motel came from the
logging of what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Grandmother sold the motel to her daughter, Dean Stinnett, in 1975. Dean
Stinnett, "mom", sold the motel to her daughter, Sharron Stinnett, in
Grandmother passed away April 12, 2003, at the age of almost 101. We have
dedicated a small garden at the end of room 14 in her memory. "Grandma's
Garden" is just in the makings. We hope that her garden will flourish with
time, just as she did.
... Sharron Stinnett (Current Owner)