Dr. Joseph Sharp's Collection County Historian from (1958-1971)

Joe Sharp



Age and overcrowding of the Sevier County courthouse became a hot issue in the 1960s, with some voicing a desire to tear it down and build a new, modern building. County Historian Joe Sharp spearheaded the effort to preserve the current structure and won by a narrow vote of 13-11.
In 1976, the Sevier County American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration Committee published “Sevier County Saga,” a memorial keepsake about some of the life and lore of Sevier County. In the publication, the following special recognition was given to Joe Sharp:
“We especially appreciate the writers of the past who have taken time to record and preserve events so important to all of us. A special tribute is due to the late Sevier County Historian J.A. “Joe” Sharp (1903-1971), who had such a great love and comprehension of our county’s heritage. So much of the early history contained in this booklet was compiled and researched by him that it would be impossible to give him all the credit he deserves. ”