Uncle Lem's Outfitters

Uncle Lem's Outfitters was named after Uncle Lem Ownby - the Legend of the Smokies! In the 1930s, when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was being formed, Uncle Lem chose to have a life lease instead of selling outright to the government. Staking himself to his remote property, he was dedicated to his love of the mountains and his beloved home in their midst. Uncle Lem was frequently visited by people who came to buy his honey, hear his stories and receive his advice. Uncle Lem became famous for the tales of his simple wisdom and his indifference to politicians—and even Supreme Court Justices—who trod up Jake’s Creek to meet the mountain sage. Living most of his later years without sight, Lem became one with his mountain landscape. When asked to what he credited his longevity and vitality, Uncle Lem responded, “I lay it up to the honey”! Uncle Lem's Outfitters was founded by Uncle Lem's great great nephew, Kevin Hill. The store evokes impressions of an age gone by – a time of honesty and simplicity, with its rustic interior of reclaimed barn wood and hand crafted decor – while providing shoppers with the best equipment and apparel for a modern encounter with our beloved Smoky Mountains or destinations beyond.

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2450 Parkway , Pigeon Forge , TN 37863