Located eight miles from Maryville TN, Montvale is nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The land has been in use since 1832 when hunters discovered Montvale’s mineral springs. By the mid-1800’s Montvale Springs was the site of the 125-room Seven Gables Hotel which, at the height of its popularity as a spa, became known as the Saratoga of the South. The hotel was eventually destroyed by fire in 1933 and in 1947 was sold to the YMCA for a summer camp that became a local institution, providing summer camp experiences for thousands of area children and youth until the camp closed in 2005.
Montvale’s future was uncertain when ex-Camp Montvale counselor Sam Furrow purchased the property in 2008. Montvale has since been placed in a conservation easement that restricts usage to programming that benefits children, families, and the community. Harmony Family Center purchased the property and has renovated and restored it for a variety of programs.
Today, visitors will find a picturesque mountain retreat with cabins, a barn and stable, a beautifully renovated dining hall which can also be used for indoor meeting space, a 155,000-gallon pool, a 17-element challenge course, several open-air pavilions, basketball and sand volleyball courts, an athletic field, interactive playground, and more.
Harmony Family Center utilizes the property for independent living camps, family camps, Equine Therapy, business retreats, special events including weddings and parties, and more.