Newport in Cocke County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
About 2 miles northeast, south of the mouth of Cosby’s Creek, William Whitson, Jr., established a fort on the east bank of Pigeon River in 1783. It was an important frontier outpost, since there was a ford there, and the west bank of the river was then Indian territory.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1C 19.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 52.299′ N, 83° 13.394′ W. Marker is in Newport, Tennessee, in Cocke County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilton Springs Road (U.S. 321) and Cosby Hwy., on the left when traveling south on Wilton Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Wilton Springs Road, Newport TN 37821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Ben Walter Hooper (approx. 5.3 miles away); Jefferson County / Cocke County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Kiffin Yates Rockwell (approx. 6.9 miles away); Swinging Bridge The Warford (approx. 7 miles away); The Cross (approx. 7.1 miles away); The War Ford (approx. 7.1 miles away); "Old Dutch Settlement" (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.