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Woodworking School in Tennesse - Location and Facilities

Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking is located near Knoxville, Tennessee. Although we regularly have students come from locations such as California, Oregon, Brazil, Canada, and even Australia, we are conveniently located within a day's drive of 70% of the US population. Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking is easily accessible via three major Interstates (I-40, I-81, and I-75), and serviced by the Knoxville Airport. The school is located approximately 4.5 miles from I-40 at Exit 417, and 2.5 miles from I-40 at Exit 424.

The school is next door to the historic town of Dandridge, Tennessee. Dandridge has recently been awarded the coveted "National Main Street" designation and is a National Register Historic District. This quaint town is situated approximately 20 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful, rolling farmland. Dandridge offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, historic sites, and community events. Additionally, its location on the banks of Douglas Lake provides ample opportunities for boating and fishing. The town is also surrounded by several golf courses.


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If you are looking for more recreational choices, the nearby cities of Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg provide ample opportunities for antiquing, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Pigeon Forge hosts a number of events throughout the year and is home to Dollywood Theme Park as well as several theaters.

Additionally, all the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just a short drive away. Want more choices? There are many other recreational opportunities close at hand, including hiking, golfing, horseback riding, fishing or attending a professional baseball game. To find out more about local attractions, you can access visitor information on the Web at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce or the Office of Special Events in Pigeon Forge.

"I enjoyed the relaxed pace, dust-free atmosphere, and pastoral setting."--David S., SC


Dandridge offers visitors a wide variety of lodging—from lakeside and mountain-top cabins to historic bed and breakfast inns to popular hotel chains. There are also local campgrounds available.

To find out more about the lodging choices, you can explore the Visitor's information link on Jefferson County's Web site or look over the listing of area Bed and Breakfasts. For your convenience, we've listed some of the lodging choices below. Please note that several of the accommodations offer special pricing to our woodworking students.

Bed and Breakfasts

Goose Creek Farm Bed & Breakfast (approximately 3.5 miles/7 minutes from the school)
Karen Pattarozzi
621 Highway 139
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-6166
Special rates for students of Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking

Hotels and Motels

Super 8 (approximately 4.5 miles/10 minutes from the school)
Exit 417, I-40 & Hwy. 92
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-1200
Special rates for students of Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking:  $40/weeknight; higher on weekends

Hampton Inn Dandridge
126 Sharon Drive
Dandridge, TN  37725
(865) 940-1200

Days Inn (approximately 10 miles/12 minutes from the school)
3670 Roy Messer Hwy.(I-81 Exit 4)
White Pine, TN 37890
(865) 674-2573 or (800) 325-2525

Comfort Inn (approximately 4.5 miles from the school)
Exit 417, I-40 & Hwy. 92
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-2090

Motel 6 (approximately 14 miles/16 minutes from the school)
254 Heritage Blvd.
Newport, TN  37821
(423) 623-1850


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