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Our History

In the late 1960's E. Ward King, local entrepreneur, purchased a farm for his herd of cattle.  King was always interested in bringing new ideas to his community.  As he rode the surrounding hills of the farm, he envisioned a residential community in an environmentally friendly setting.  As King read of this new development concept that was being used throughout the United States; Crown Colony, the first Planned Urban Development in the state of Tennessee, started to become a reality.

 

He began researching other developments of this type and located Callister, Payne and Bischoff, an award winning architectural design firm from San Francisco, California.  King made several trips to California to discuss ideas and to learn more about PUD's.  He and local architect Allen Dryden, Jr. visited one of the architectural firm's projects, Heritage Village in Southbury, Connecticut.  This truly caught King's fancy and he found his way back to California to entice the architects to design a development here in East Tennessee.

 

Callister, Payne and Bischoff typically designed and built projects that involved hundreds of units.  They felt their firm could not take on this venture.  However, Ward King was very persuasive and convinced the firm to come see the area.  This was a smart move, as the architects were so impressed with the beauty of our region they agreed to present an overall proposal showing varying house plans plus amenities.

 

The design was to build in clusters with homes ranging from one to four bedrooms.  The community areas throughout the neighborhood included three man-made lakes in the landscape.  The homes were designed using western cedar siding with cedar shake roofs.  Ward King found the perfect team of contractors in the local Carroll Brothers, who adapted not only a new design for our area, but also the use of fairly new materials for construction.

 

E. Ward King knew that promising the amenities to future homeowners was of the utmost importance.  He decided a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts, and volleyball/basketball court would be ready for use when the new homeowners moved into Crown Colony.  This was accomplished and Crown Colony was opened in 1973.

                                                                                                                

 

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