Blountville in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Old Deery Inn
Refuge from the Storm
William Deery constructed this trading post and tavern, later known as the Old Derry Inn, early in the 1800s. As Deery prospered, he added to the building, including a three-story
Although Deery’s children had left Sullivan County years before, they did not escape the war’s effects. Eldest daughter Martha married Col. William Churchwell, who died at Cumberland Gap in 1862. Seraphina, the youngest daughter, married Col. Randal McGavock, a colonel in the 10th Tennessee Infantry Regiment (CSA) who was killed at the Battle of Raymond.
Old Deery Inn, 1927 — Courtesy Hunt Library
The dining room in the stone section of the inn where town residents took refuge during the Battle of Blountville
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 36° 31.987′ N, 82° 19.57′ W. Marker is in Blountville, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Bristol Highway (Tennessee Route 126) west of Anderson Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3397 Bristol Highway, Blountville TN 37617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerOld Deery Inn (a few steps from this marker); Brick Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); 1840 Smokehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson Townhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sullivan County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); King Ironworks Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Ralph Blizard (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Blountville (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blountville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 25, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.