Zoder's Family History

Zoders Inn River with Rooms right on the banks overlooking the river

Zoders Inn and Suites Gatlinburg is one of the few hotels started before there was a national park in the area. A young couple from Louisiana, Wallace and Dorotha Zoder, moved to this area so that Wallace could work for the Civilian Conservation Corps. More specifically, he helped draft and build the roads we drive on today in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

When tourism started to blossom, they bought a piece of land alongside the Roaring Fork River, built some cottages, and rented them to tourists coming in from surrounding areas. There is a picture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s car driving in front of Zoder’s Court (as it was known then), on the way to the National Park.

Three generations of Zoders have now worked at the hotel. The fourth generation is growing fast, as children tend to do, and they will soon join the staff.

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