Discover Kingsport TN Discover Kingsport Tenn Discover Kingsport Tennessee Discover Kingsport Tennessee

100 Year Celebration
1917 - 2017
200 Year 1822 - 2022

   For Photography
   Local Links
   & Historical Sites
   NEW Aerial Photography

Kingsport Tennessee
It is all about seeing it as it may have been.
I have always wanted to see original Kingsport. Thus, these snapshots are historically imagined. Enjoy a slower day. Visit a few spots in Kings Port. Visit a few places before the name Kings Port was applied to this area.

Updated: 03.18.21

  About This Site
  Contact Us

All Photographs

Kingsport History
   Kings Port Timeline
   The Name Kingsport
   Historical Maps
   1540-1799 Summary
   Long Island
   Sullivan County
   Cherokee Treaties
   Cherokee History
   Local Archaeologist

  •   Local Help Links
  •   & Historical Sites

      © 2005-2021

  • Find 'I Love Kingsport'
        and more Souvenirs Here.

  • Discover Kingsport
       Discover Kingsport

    New Images Netherland Inn  Historically Imagined History
      Images Bays Mountain 2     ExchangePlace 1     Holston River 2     Netherland Inn 4     GO BACK  
        Lynn Store     Yancey Tavern     Kingsport History     City Links     Local Historical Websites

    Cherokee :: Long Island :: Kingsport & Kingsport Heritage by Muriel Millar Clark Spoden


    Long Island :: Cherokee :: Kingsport

  • LONG ISLAND , sacred island of Nation of Cherokee . National registerd landmark. See map section.
  • Long Island: 4 miles long. averages 1/2 mile wide.
  • Holston river called Hogohegee.
  • Part of the Cherokee Nation hunting grounds. Abounding in animal life and pristine forest. Because rivers flowed to the great seas, they held spirtual meaning for the Indians who believed that the great islands in these holy waterways were place to rest and a refuge for man and best and that all "talks" or treaties held on the Island were blessed by the Great Spirit.
  • Long Island was a sacred place where "talk-talks" made peace with tribes who infringed on their hunting grounds.
  • Great Indian Warrior Path from ancient migration from Georgia and Alabama through East Tennessee to Long Island of Holston where it divided with the main northeast trail leading to Pennsylvania through VA. Another branch turned north from long island up the North Fork Holston River to Ohio. Path throught Virginia and Tennessee became known as the Great Trading Path. Another Indian path used by Cherokees in dry weather left the Great Path, crossed the Long Island and traveled in a southwestern direction in shorter route to the Cherokee towns but only usable in dry weather.
  • The Island Road, 1761, from Chilhowie to Kingsport, first wagon road. "the military road from chilhowee va to present day kingsport was completed september 1761 by major andrew lewis under the command of col. adam stephen. Upon reaching the Long Island of the Holston, the militia erected Fort Robinson [TN Forts] to treat for peace with the Cherokees." Major Andrew Lewis built a military road from Fort Chiswell to the Long Island on the Holston (Kingsport Tennessee), which is called “the Island Road”. more on Island Road.. also ..Island Road..
  • In 1761 troops on their way to aid besieged Fort Loudoun passed through this area of northeast Tennessee, built the Island Road, and constructed Fort Robinson on the Long Island of the Holston. Settlement of the area began shortly after the fort was constructed. The first permanent settlers came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1765.
  • 1673 Viginians, James Needham, Gabriel Arthur, mission to establish trade between Cherokees and Virginia Colony. Island heard the crack of the traders rifle. 1690's from South Carolina establish trade with the Overhill Cherokees. Great Indian Path (later known as Great Trading Path) through Kingsport. Many killed. Firm trading not until 1730. French at same time in lower Mississippi Valley compete. Chief Moytoy. Many traders lived with Cherokee.
  • 1748 Viginian Dr. Thomas Walker, physician, surveyor, explorer, land speculator and guardian of Thomas Jefferson, became agent of Loyal Land Company of Virginia. Received a 800,000 acre grant of frontier land. James Patton, William Buchanon, John Findley and others explored and opposite the Long Island.
  • 1750 with second exploring party, came to Long Island. Ambrose Powell, William Tomlinson, Henry Lawless, Colby Chew and John Hughes. Horse, armed, dogs pack horses. Changed the name of West Creek to Reedy Creek. Starts in Viginia, empties in Holston at Tilthammer Shoals opposite Long Island. Camped 5 miles up the creek in west end of Giant's Ditch, Boozy Creek (old name North Fork of Reedy Creek) enters Reedy Creek.
  • March 3, 1750 Walker's party down Reedy Creek to Holston and crossed the Great Trading Path's "old ford" of the North Fork Holston. Measured large elm "25 feet around 3 feet off from the ground." In the fork of Holston and its north Fork wrote "five Indian houses built with loggs and covered with Bark, an abundance of Bones, some Pots and Pans, some broken and many pieces of mats and cloth." Saw four more Indian houses on the west bank of the Old Ford. Traveled four miles down river and camped "on the Bank of the Holston Opposite to a large Indian fort."
    Old Ford locaed a short distance up river from Rotherwood Bridge. Indian Fort at or near Solitude Ford. Marked his name here 4.1.1750 on several Beech trees. (north river bank of Holston Defense property.) Walker party continued on to 'discover' Cumberland Gap after crossing the Clinch and Powell Rivers. Then went home to Virginia.
    Dr. Walker never mentioned the Long Island.
  • Some traders friends of Cherokee built cabins on Long Island. Carried on trade. Nathaniel Gist, Thomas Price, Richard Pearis. Pearis/Price partners may have been first there. 1751. 1754 he asked Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia for land grant Long Island. (not gotten) Pearis had trading post on the Island.
  • French Indian 7 year war with British decreased the trading. Explorations and long hunters from Virginia in to Long Island all but ceased.

    Long Island of the Holston was for many years a jealously guarded possession of the Cherokee Indians. It became the scene of momentous events during the early years of exploration and settlement in the Old Southwest, the springboard for the initial settlement of Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. In its environs was fought the battle that gave those feeble settlements precious time to consolidate their positions during the first 2 years of the American Revolution. Long Island derived strategic importance from its location just east of the junction of the North and South Forks of the Holston. Nearby was the crossing of the Great Indian Warpath, a major trail to the northeast from central Tennessee. Thus the island figured significantly in the colonial struggle with the Indians that began in the middle of the 18th century.

    Col. William Byrd, leading a colonial expedition into Cherokee country, built Fort Robinson at the river junction in 1761 and introduced white occupation of the area. When Byrd's force abandoned the fort soon afterward, the Indians resumed possession, although more and more white hunters and traders began passing through en route to the hunting grounds of Kentucky and Tennessee. Among them was Daniel Boone. In March 1775, while Richard Henderson was still negotiating with the Cherokees for their Kentucky land, he sent Boone with 30 axmen to open the trail that was to gain fame as the Wilderness Road. Boone's trailmaking began at Long Island on March 10, and 2 weeks later his party reached the Kentucky River, having marked the way that was to lead 200,000 emigrants to Kentucky within the next 20 years.

    The Cherokees cast their lot with the British when the Revolution began. Stung into action by colonial settlement on the east Tennessee land they claimed, the Indians moved to crush the frontiersmen in July 1776. The defenders of Eaton's Fort, on high ground near Long Island, sallied onto Long Island Flats and, after a bitter fight, drove the Cherokees from the field. Two months later a punitive expedition against the Indian towns cowed the Cherokees, bringing 2 years of relative peace to the southwestern frontier. At the Treaty of Long Island, in July 1777, the Indians relinquished their claims to the land occupied by whites in east Tennessee.

    Besides being the starting point of Boone's Wilderness Road, Long Island was a jumping-off point for the settlement of central Tennessee. Just before Christmas of 1779, Col. John Donelson lead a flotilla of flatboats from there on the long and hazardous voyage down the Tennessee and up the Cumberland to establish Cumberland Colony, the first permanent white settlement in middle Tennessee. The importance of Long Island as a terminus and starting point led to the establishment of a boatyard directly across the river from the west end of the island.

    Present Appearance (1961). Long Island is approximately 4 miles long and 1/2-mile wide. The eastern third of the island is now taken up with a housing development, known as Long Island, and a fuel-supply yard for the nearby acetate plant of the Tennessee Eastman Co. The central third, largely undeveloped except for an interplant railroad that crosses the island diagonally, is held by six separate owners. The western third, virtually undeveloped, is in a single ownership and retains much of its primitive appearance.

    NEW! *** UPDATE See new historical update showing William King is how Kingsport got its name. March 18 2021 Follow This Link

    NEW! Read about the Battle of Island Flats from new 2018 essay. Key areas of history from Dickson Elementary School woods westward. Download HERE..[Dickson Video]

    The first celebration of Independence Day, July 4, 1776, took place at Fort Patrick Henry...Click here

    FACEBOOK : Visit Now! click here

    ALSO you can enjoy more history at "You Know You Grew Up in Kingsport If.." Facebook page : Click here..

    Also Visit : Kingsport Historical Society Videos
    And : Enjoy Kingsport's Centennial
    Enjoy Kingsport Archives photographs posted by Kingsport Archive Manager Brianne Johnson Wright

    'Chief' the Eagle flies once more over the Holston River
    and the Cherokee Nation's Long Island

       Before / After : Imagine Kingsport 300 years ago... :)

    HAPPY SPRING 2021 !
    August 21 2021 is our 199th Anniversary for the first City Charter 1822

    Be a part of :
    King's Port On The Holston
    The planning of the new waterfront. more...
    See the Flatboat Reconstruction.
    New extension of Greenbelt Walkway is completed.
    New building additions added beside Netherland Inn. Kingsport Centennial 1917 to 2017
    FACEBOOK : Visit Now!

    2016 Kingsport Collector Calendar
    The Mountain, The River, The City
    Find at : I Love Books Bookstore
    Kingsport Town Center / Fort Henry Mall
    ...423.378.5859 : Beside JCPenneys upper level

    Click to get your Calendar :) 2016
    Kingsport Calendar 2016
    Lloyd's Car Shop Honda Specialists

    Doug Henne : Artisan and Sculptures
    DatilSensation Datil Pepper Sauce
    Bortz Graphix Plus Signs TShirts..
    Modern Heart Photography

    NEW Aerial Kingsport

    Throughout the years known as The Model City :: Kingsport Tennessee
    NEW Interstate I-26 Exit Numbers
    Exit 1 at 11W and I-26
    Exit 3 to Meadowview Conference Center
    Exit 4 to Wilcox Drive and Meadowview Conference Center
    Exit 8 is the new I-26 Exit
    at the Interstate 81 junction.

    Kingsport TN Exit 8 Sign Interstate 26 and 81Kingsport TN Exit 4 Sign Interstate 26 and 81
  • Bays Mountain, Holston River,Greenbelt Path.
  • Here is a list of Local Websites.

  • GPS Coordinates: Kingsport is located
    at 36°32'13?N, 82°32'32?W

  • Find 'I Love Kingsport'
        and more Souvenirs Here.

  • FACEBOOK : Visit Now! click here

    Learn about the Gray Fossil Site Museum

    USAirways Magazine Kingsport Tennessee TN
  • US AIRWAYS Magazine spotlights Kingsport.
  • The October 2006 issue features Kingsport Tennessee.
  •

  • Beautiful Spring In Kingsport : Photos

  • would like to honor Dan Crowe who passed away December 1, 2005. Part of my inspiration in the back of my heart was to develop this site to fulfill a regret I had in High School. Coach Crowe allowed me lots of out-of-class time to work on a video project about the history of Tennessee Eastman. It turned out that the school television equipment could not handle the project due to the new studio being constructed. I wanted to let him know that his influence as a teacher and a gentleman was not forgotten. You may read about Dan Crowe's influence in our community here.
  • Thank you Dan Crowe. I look forward to seeing you again.
  • Please email Historical Signs/Marker Information Here
  • We are looking for any Historical Sign or Marker in the Kingsport Tennessee area. At this time there is no record of all these historical areas. The list will be made available at the Chamber of Commerce, Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association and Internet for the public.
  • Thank you for your assistance.
  • Historical Markers in Kingsport

    Looking Down The River :: Kingsport Tennessee Netherland Inn
    From the Southeast ::
    Bays Mountain
    Kingsport Tennessee

    View Today
    View Then

    Hitchup Time :: Kingsport Tennessee ExchangePlace
    Hitchup Time ::
    Kingsport Tennessee

    View Then

    Coming Up On The Inn :: Kingsport Tennessee Netherland Inn
    Coming Up On The Inn ::
    Netherland Inn
    Kingsport Tennessee

    View Today
    View Then

    South Long Island :: Kingsport Tennessee Holston River
    South (East) Long Island ::
    Holston River
    Kingsport Tennessee

    View Today
    View Then

    Shop and Compare Great Deals on Hotels in Kingsport TN.
    Find local businesses Phone Numbers, Website, & Maps.
    View Hotel Photos, Features

      Images 10   Bays Mountain 2     ExchangePlace 1     Holston River 2     Netherland Inn 4   


  • Terms of Use is to enjoy Imagined History
    Disclosure Statement
    All Photographs and Digital Representations © owner.
    DiscoverKingsport.comHistory may be changing.Site Map