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Kingsport TN


Kingsport TN “Salt Lick”


Town of Kingsport Tennessee
Located in the Northeast corner of Tennessee, Kingsport boasts one of the richest historic grounds in America. Prior to the founding of Tennessee, the town itself was compiled of four different Virginia counties and one North Carolina county. After combining all of these counties, the town of Kingsport came to life. The town of Kingsport meets at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Holston River. Today you can find numerous activities including horseback riding, annual festivals, and many historic attractions. The town of Kingsport provides many welcoming accommodations from chain hotels to unique inns. You can even try your hand at camping in this area! 




History of Kingsport Tennessee
The town of Kingsport was formally known as “Salt Lick” as it rested along the banks of the South Fork of the Holston River. The island was a valuable site for the Cherokee, pioneers and early settlers of this region. The early settlements at this site were used as base for people taking the Wilderness Road leading to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. The town was first chartered in 1822 and later became an important shipping port on the Holston River. 

In 1864, the Battle of Kingsport broke out and a force of 300 Confederates stopped a larger Union force for nearly two days. The small band of Confederates held off the Union force on one side, another group of Union soldiers came up behind them and attacked. The Confederates were out-numbered, out-flanked and demoralized by the bitter winter weather forcing them to surrender. The Confederates suffered 18 dead, and 84 prisoners of war were sent to a Union prison in Knoxville. The town eventually lost its charter due to a loss of fortunes caused by the Civil War. 

Kingsport was re-chartered in 1917 and was considered an early example of a “garden city”. Designed by city planner and landscape architect John Nolen, the town carries the nickname the Model City. This organized the town into areas for commerce, churches, housing and industries. Some of the earliest uses of traffic circles in the United States were found here. 




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