History of Tellico Village

Since its inception, Tellico Village has experienced solid growth and established a sound financial footing.

Over 8,000 residents now call Tellico Village their year-round home, and together they have created a warm and caring environment that welcomes newcomers and builds lifelong friendships.

Tellico Village Wooden Logo

Tellico Village Historical Timeline

Tellico Yacht Club

History 1980s

September 1984
Cooper Communities Inc. (CCI) proposes to develop Tellico Village

December 1985
CCI acquires site from Tennessee Valley Authority and Tellico Reservoir Development Agency

December 1985
Property Owners Association (POA) formed

January 1986
Actual development begins

March 1986
First home site sold

July 1986
First building permit issued

November 1986
First 1,000 property owners

February 6, 1987
First family moves to Tellico Village

July 1987
Toqua Golf Course opens

December 1987
59 families in Tellico Village

March 1988
Community Church organized

October 1988
Yacht and Country Club opens

December 1988
Chota Recreation Center opens

January 1989
HomeOwners Association formed

34. The Lake views at the tanasi clubhouse are breathtaking

History 1990s

June 1991
1,000th resident

Spring 1994
Village Square commercial area opens

June 1996
Tanasi Golf Course opens

June 1998
POA purchases land for future facilities

Aerial view of Tanasi

History 2000s

July 2000
Estimated population reaches 4,000

May 2002
First Baptist Church of Tellico Village open

August 2002
CCI deeded Kahite golf course and activity center to POA at The Links at Kahite grand opening

May 2003
The Neighborhood long-term care facility at Tellico Village opens

May 2006
Family Beach and Pavilion opens

July 2007
Wellness Center opens, first amenity built and paid for by the POA

June 2008
New HAR-TRU tennis courts open near Wellness Center

December 2008
Food Lion Supermarket and Tellico Greens shopping area opens

The Public Library at Tellico Village

History 2010s

2012
Tellico Village observes 25th Anniversary celebrating 25 years since the first families moved into the Village

May 2012
United States Department of Interior recognizes the East Lakeshore Trail system as part of the country’s National Trail system

November 2012
Public Library at Tellico Village opens new 6442 square foot facility

January 2013
Community re-launches the Tellico Village brand via a national marketing effort

June, July, October 2014
New amenities are opened: Pickleball Complex, Toqua Golf Pavilion, and Kayak Launch and Storage Facility

June 2015
Paved Wellness Center walking path with exercise stations donated by the Tellico Village Lions Club opened for community use

September 2015
Welcome Centers opens; facility dedicated to servicing Tellico Village visitors and facilitating Tellico Village tours

For more information, click the link below to download a narrative of the Village’s history.

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