Welcome To Uncle Lem's
Mountain Living Since 1896

Lem’s Story

Located in the heart of West Knoxville across from Franklin Square is one of the most unique shopping environments in Knoxville. After traveling the world, two native Knoxvillians have decided to return to their Smoky Mountain roots in launching Uncle Lem’s Mountain OutfitterS. The store evokes impressions of an age gone by – a time of honesty and simplicity, with its rustic interior of reclaimed barn wood and cedar posts – while providing shoppers with the best equipment and apparel for a modern encounter with our beloved Smoky Mountains or destinations beyond.

Uncle Lem Ownby was the last lifetime leaseholder to reside in the Smoky Mountains. Lem passed away in the early eighties and has never been commemorated by the Park, and so brothers Lee and Kevin Hill have decided to build the identity of their store around their great great uncle’s persona. Uncle Lem lived his entire life in Elkmont keeping bees and living off the land. Lem became famous for the tales of his simple wisdom and indifference to politicians and Supreme Court Justices who trod up Jake’s Creek to meet the mountain sage. Living most of his life blind, Lem became one with his mountain landscape attributing this as the secret to his almost 95 years of vibrant living. Once when asked what he credited his longevity and vitality to, Lem responded, “I lay it up to the honey.” When Lem passed away to the surprise of many he donated his entire life savings to support underprivileged children at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home. What surprised so many was not Lem’s generosity but the size of the contribution that has grown to be a fund currently over $70,000. Years of simple living and selling honey to hikers translated into a blessing for the children Lem and his wife Mimmie were never able to have for themselves. 

Brothers, Lee and Kevin are proud to bring this quality locally owned store to their hometown. This is a local store with deep roots in the region and a real love for the community. Part of the vision of the store is to develop a charitable contributions program from every sale targeting regional youth charities. Instead of taking from the community Uncle Lem’s will be giving back, just like the namesake who never sought fame but nonetheless in his simple mountain living attracted actors, politicians, and world travelers to his humble mountain home.

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Kevin and Cheryl Hill, Uncle Lem’s Owners Welcome You!


We are pursuing health and wellness as an Uncle Lem’s family and would love for you to join us.
The “Live Naturally Series” will cover the basics of clean eating, nutrition and superfoods, as well as using essential oils and toxic-free products as part of a holistic lifestyle.
Join us for a fun and educational series where we can learn to support our families in healthy,
nutritious and natural ways. On a budget? Aren’t we all!




6:30 – 8:00 pm

We will provide do-it-yourself instructions on how to make natural products at home, or in a Make & Take Class, you can do it with us and take products home that night!
All classes are free, unless you desire to make & take any items – see prices below.


April 20

Make & Take Class:

Toxic-Free Cleaning ($5), Outdoor Nuisance Sprays ($5), Summer Skin Care ($5) & More

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April 26

(Note:Date Change)

Detoxify Your Life:

Dietary & Environmental Factors to Mitigate and How-To Shop Your Grocery Store

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May 4


“From Town to Trail”:

Vitality to Live the Adventure!

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May 9


High Impact, Low Cost Foods & Beverages:

Why & How to Eat Your Yard! Gut & Digestive System Support (Make & Take Class – Kombucha ($5), Kefir ($5)

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May 25


Make & Take Class:

Toxic-Free Cleaning ($5), Outdoor Nuisance Sprays ($5), Summer Skin Care ($5) & More

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RSVP for classes on Facebook for a chance to win a $50 Uncle Lem’s Gift Card after each event you attend!

One $50 gift card for every 20 attendees – so invite your friends!

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starter kit


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(starting at $160 – over $300 value)

1 Diffuser (choice of 4)
5 ml bottles of: Lavender, Peppermint, Copaiba, Lemon, Frankincense, Thieves,
Purification, DiGize, RC, PanAway, and StressAway
Additional Samples & Resources
Wholesale Membership: 24% savings on future orders

Receive a $25 Uncle Lem’s Gift Card with purchase of any Premium Starter Kit!

Gift card will be mailed to you with a Getting Started with Essential Oils guide.

A few brands you’ll find at Lem’s

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