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Kingsport in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Donelson Flotilla

 
 
Donelson Flotilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 10, 2017
1. Donelson Flotilla Marker
Inscription. Early in 1779 Col. John Donelson's group arrived here and built 30 flatboats for 300 people to make the 1000-mile journey to settle Middle Tennessee. They embarked on their boating adventure on December 22, 1779. With an hour they wrecked at the mouth of Reedy Creek, resuming the voyage in February 1780. They arrived in Nashville the following April.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 98.)
 
Location. 36° 31.681′ N, 82° 33.371′ W. Marker is in Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on South Wilcox Drive (Tennessee Route 126) north of Jared Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located across Wilcox Drive from the Eastman Chemical wastewater treatment facility along the guardrail of the breakdown lane. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport TN 37660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Avery Treaty (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglass High School (approx. half a mile away); Train Depot (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bank Of Kingsport (approx. 1.2 miles away);
Donelson Flotilla Marker along guardrail near rail yards of Eastman Chemical. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 10, 2017
2. Donelson Flotilla Marker along guardrail near rail yards of Eastman Chemical.
Kingsport Drug (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Gem Theatre (approx. 1.3 miles away); Western Union Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kingsport Public Library (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsport.
 
Also see . . .  Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture article on John Donelson. (Submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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