The Tennessee Valley Hunt was founded in 1989, registered in 1991 and recognized by the Master of Foxhounds Association in 1993. TVH is unique in that most of the founding members had never foxhunted prior to forming the hunt. They were, however, most intrigued with the concept.
Fortunately, the founders befriended Dr. Todd Addis of Elverson, Pennsylvania, who agreed to bring his fine pack of Penn-Marydel foxhounds to Tennessee. He and his wife, Happy, taught the fledgling foxhunters all about hunting and TVH was born. Before they returned to PA, the Addises made a gift of 20 couple of Penn-Marydel Hounds to TVH.
The Tennessee Valley Hunt now enjoys hunting fox and coyote in several counties surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee. The territory is a mixture of private and public lands, with rolling open fields and some steep woodland. Members particularly enjoy hunting the picturesque bottom lands of the Tennessee and Holston Rivers and the mountain foothills of the Appalachians. Jumps are coops and post and rail.
Hounds are kenneled at the newly-constructed facility in New Market, Tennessee on beautiful rolling land. TVH employs a professional huntsman, Ryan Johnsey from Virginia, to care for, train and hunt the pack.
TVH is known for its passion for sport, the excellent cry of its Penn-Marydel Hounds, friendly subscribers and gracious southern hospitality.