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Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Watauga Fort

 
 
Watauga Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 17, 2011
1. Watauga Fort Marker
Inscription. 400 yards northward and ½ mile northeast of the mouth of Gap Creek, stood Watauga Fort. Here, July 21, 1776, the settlers under Captain James Robertson repulsed the Cherokees under Old Abraham of Chilhowee, and Lt. John Sevier rescued “Bonny Kate” Sherrell.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 8.)
 
Location. 36° 20.622′ N, 82° 15.023′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Marker is on West Elk Avenue (U.S. 321) west of Franklin Club Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is on the edge of the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transylvania Purchase (here, next to this marker); Watauga Purchase (a few steps from this marker); Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Hill Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sabine Hill
Wide view of the Watauga Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 17, 2011
2. Wide view of the Watauga Fort Marker
The marker stands to the left of the Transylvania Purchase marker on the grounds of the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Range School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elizabethton.
 
More about this marker. Watauga Fort is also identified as Fort Watauga or Fort Caswell in various publications.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. TN State Parks: Sycamore Shoals State Park: Historic Park. Sycamore Shoals played a significant role in 18th-Century history as the setting for some of the most dramatic events to occur in the expansion of America's western boundary. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the recreation of Fort Watauga at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, and photos of the DAR monument at the approximate location of Watauga Fort. • Can you help?
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