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

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

 
 
Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker
Inscription. In March 1775 Daniel Boone and a group of axmen met nearby at the Holston River and began blazing a trail through 200 miles of forested terrain to the Cumberland Gap and beyond to the Kentucky River. The Wilderness Trail, or Road, opened a new chapter in American history-the settlement of lands west of the Appalachians. By the end of the American Revolution, 12,000 people had crossed the Gap into the new territory. Today, a four-hour driving tour traces the route in Tennessee and Virginia as closely as possible.
Look for this symbol on highway signs.

(Inscription above the photo in the lower left)
Netherland Inn-Richard Netherland purchased this Inn in 1818 and served travelers on the Great Stage Road. Frequent guests included President Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk. Earlier William King built flatboats here and shipped salt mined in Saltville, VA, to points as far away as New Orleans. Netherland Inn still has its original floors, plastered walls, door, and door hardware. The Inn is the only site on the National Register of Historic Places that was both a stagecoach and boatyard.

(Inscription over the photo in the lower right)
The Daniel Boone Cabin was moved here from its original location beside the Wilderness Trail in Duffield, VA, and serves as a symbolic starting
Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker
Float boat with the Netherland Inn in the background
point for the trail. Daniel and Rebecca Boone lived in this cabin between 1773-1778 before settling in Kentucky.
 
Location. 36° 33.033′ N, 82° 35.667′ W. Marker is in Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Netherland Inn Road west of Ridgefields Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in Centennial Boat Yard Park. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Flatboat "Adventure" December 22, 1779 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boat Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Indian War Path (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Long Island of the Holston (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Kingsport (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Kingsport (approx. one mile away); The Gem Theatre (approx. 1.8 miles away); Kingsport Drug (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsport.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker
Netherland Inn-front of building
Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
4. Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Marker
Side view of the Netherland Inn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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