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There are many communities in the Smokies with strange names, but Boogertown may just take the top spot on that list. Located in Sevier County, this area is officially known as Oldham, but it is far more famous for its unusual nickname.
Years ago, meaning of the word “booger” didn’t have anything to do with nasal discharge. Instead, the word referred to a ghost or hobgoblin. A “booger” was related to the idea of a “boogieman”, a monster who lives under your bed or creeps around at night.
There are several stories and tales that supposedly explain the origins of the name Boogertown. In one tale, a Civil War soldier was riding through the area when he saw a pair of mysterious eyes peering at him through the bushes. The frightened man believed that he was being stalked by a booger in the woods. Later, he realized that the eyes did not belong to a ghost, but rather a cow! Nevertheless, the soldier’s sighting of a “booger” gave the town its memorable name.
According to Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, there really was some sort of monster haunting the area. Local livestock were being killed by an unseen force, and the townspeople decided that a booger must be responsible. We may never discover the truth behind Boogertown’s backstory, but listening to all of the theories and tall tales sure is a lot of fun!
If you stayed in Appalachian Escape cabin, most likely you have taken Boogertown Road going to Pigeon Forge. Driving along this twisty mountain road you should have seen Oldham Creek Baptist Church along the way (remember, Oldham is the official name of the area).