KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A new resort, “Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow,” is slated to open in South Knoxville in 2020.
The new 40-acre resort will feature more than 150 period homes and treehouses, a restaurant, a 500-person event center and a 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.
The resort is based on a work of fiction Tom Boyd wrote titled, The Bobbins – Outcast to the Inner Earth.
Boyd, who is CEO of Boyd Hollow Resorts, Inc., said he wanted to bring his book to life for visitors to enjoy. Boyd is the father of Interim University of Tennessee President and former Republican gubernatorial candidate, Randy Boyd.
“We want to bring this book to life, and that is why we’re creating Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow,” he said. “This resort is unlike anything else in the world, and it will draw people from all over to Knoxville.”
The new themed resort will feature 100 homes designed to look exactly like the various dwellings in the book. Guests can stay in one of the unique homes that include grass roofs, decorative exteriors, and fully furnished interiors reminiscent of a fantasy world.
In addition to the homes that form Ancient Lore Village, there are 50 treehouses where guests can choose between one, two and three-bedroom units with balconies overlooking the village in the valley. There are also three luxury units with five bedrooms each – called “Bobbin Homes” – that have balconies overlooking the entire property.
Boyd also said the resort will include miles of walking trails connecting all the homes and event areas on the property – and specially designed to “blend with” the surroundings of the park’s theme – which is that of a fantasy, nature-laden pasture. No concrete or blacktop.
“I want people to learn to talk and be friendly with each other, I want them to learn to smile. This whole village is built around interaction,” Boyd said.
Boyd anticipates that 120 fulltime jobs will be created at Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow.
Additionally, 100 artisans will be on the property at any given time doing demonstrations and selling their products.
The Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow theme park and lodging development will cover 40 acres in South Knoxville on Nixon Road and Old Sevierville Pike.
Partners spearheading the project development and DKLEVY and Citadel Construction, LLC are managing design and construction.
For more information about Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow®, visit the website here.