Deer Lodge, Tennessee

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Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Skyline of Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Deer Lodge, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Deer Lodge, Tennessee is located in the United States
Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°12′05″N 84°45′33″W / 36.20139°N 84.75917°W / 36.20139; -84.75917Coordinates: 36°12′05″N 84°45′33″W / 36.20139°N 84.75917°W / 36.20139; -84.75917
CountryUnited States
1,568 ft (478 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)423
GNIS feature ID1306319[1]

Deer Lodge is an unincorporated community in Morgan County, Tennessee, United States. It is located along Tennessee State Route 329 5.8 miles (9.3 km) west-southwest of Sunbright.[2] Deer Lodge has a post office with ZIP code 37726, which opened on April 16, 1886.[3][4] The community was established as a health resort in the 1880s by Rugby colonist Abner Ross.[5]


Deer Lodge was originally situated around a 300-acre (120 ha) tract of land acquired by the Davidson family in the early 1800s. In 1845, James Davidson built a grist mill and saw mill on the land. In 1876, Peter Fox purchased the land and attempted to establish a sheep ranch, but was unsuccessful.[5]

Deer Lodge Congregational Church, built in 1889

In 1884, Fox sold the land to Abner Ross, a former Rugby colonist. Ross, who had been the proprietor of Rugby's Tabard Inn, decided to convert the tract into a mountain resort. He constructed a Victorian-style house, Walnut Knoll, which was soon followed by a string of similarly-styled houses built by new residents. He also constructed a printer works, which has since been relocated to Rugby.[5] By the end of the 1890s, Deer Lodge had two hotels (the Mountain View and Summer Park), a newspaper (the Southern Enterprise), a theater, a band, a planing mill, and numerous clubs and civic organizations.[6]

By the mid-20th century, the community had declined, however, as many children and grandchildren of the original settlers moved away.[5][7] The population of Deer Lodge was just 155 in 1930.[6]


Deer Lodge is located in a remote section of the Cumberland Plateau in western Morgan County. State Route 329 connects the community with Sunbright to the northeast and the east-west oriented State Route 62 to the south. Beyond S.R. 62 is the vast Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. Deer Lodge straddles the Tennessee Valley Divide, with waters in the northern part of the community flowing toward the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, and waters in the southern half flowing toward the Obed River.


  1. ^ "Deer Lodge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Morgan County, Tennessee General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Tennessee Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  3. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  4. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Brian Stagg, "Deer Lodge," An Encyclopedia of East Tennessee (Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 1981), pp. 155-157.
  6. ^ a b Calvin Dickinson, Morgan County (Memphis State University Press, 1987), pp 49-50, 79.
  7. ^ Barbara Stagg, Historic Rugby (Aracadia Publishing, 2007).

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