Maryville, Tennessee is located 20 miles south of Knoxville. Maryville College is located inside town. There are many historical events that have impacted the town of Maryville. The Great Indian Warpath passes through Maryville. Fort Craig was formed here by John Craig in 1785. The fort was built to provide defence against Native American tribes for the settlers. In 1795 Maryville was incorporated. Sam Houston moved to the town in 1808. He taught school while he was living there in a one room school. The school building is still intact. The Society of Friends had a large presence in Maryville and the surrounding areas. This included anti-slavery advocate Isaac Anderson who founded Maryville College. Maryville was pro-Union through out the war, causing a raid by the Confederate calvary in 1864. The court house was attacked during the raid and set on fire. Polly Tool, who was an African American slave saved most of the town's records and now has a statue in town that was placed in her honour. Maryville is located in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. The eastern flank of the Chilhowee Mountain, which is known as the three sisters due to the shape of the rock formations, can be seen from nearly anywhere in town. There are around 25,000 people who reside in Maryville, Tennessee. This is a relatively well populated, yet still small, town and a very desireable area that is close to the much larger city of Knoxville, giving all of the conveniences of a large city and still keeping the small town feel.