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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Blountville, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Sullivan County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Sullivan County, TN (104) Carter County, TN (56) Hawkins County, TN (34) Johnson County, TN (10) Washington County, TN (88) Bristol Ind. City, VA (13) Scott County, VA (31) Washington County, VA (107)  SullivanCounty(104) Sullivan County (104)  CarterCounty(56) Carter County (56)  HawkinsCounty(34) Hawkins County (34)  JohnsonCounty(10) Johnson County (10)  WashingtonCounty(88) Washington County (88)  (13) Bristol (13)  ScottCounty(31) Scott County (31)  WashingtonCounty(107) Washington County (107)
Blountville is the county seat for Sullivan County
Blountville is in Sullivan County
      Sullivan County (104)  
      Carter County (56)  
      Hawkins County (34)  
      Johnson County (10)  
      Washington County (88)  
      Bristol, Virginia (13)  
      Scott County, Virginia (31)  
      Washington County, Virginia (107)  
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1Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1840 Smokehouse
Judge and Mrs. Joseph A. Caldwell relocated the 1840 Sullivan County smokehouse to this site shortly after 1940 when they bought and restored the Deery Inn for their residence.Map (db m158060) HM
2Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 51 — Acuff Chapel
Established in 1786, this was the first Methodist Episcopal Church to be erected on Tennessee soil. Bishop Francis Asbury preached here often. A ten-day revival held here by Rev. John A. Granade began the Great Revival of 1780-81. The chapel was . . . Map (db m82954) HM
3Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Anderson Townhouse
The log section of Anderson Townhouse was built in 1792/95. It housed the first town commissioners of Blountville: Richard Gammon (1750-1833), Major George Maxwell (1751-1821) and Colonel John Anderson (1750-1817). All these men served the American . . . Map (db m69801) HM WM
4Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Battle of BlountvilleFederal Guns on Cemetery Hill
This is where Union forces stood as they attacked Blountville on September 22, 1863, during a campaign to control the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. On the day of the attack, the Confederates occupied Blountville while the Federal forces held the . . . Map (db m69699) HM
5Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Battle of Blountville"…the best portion of the town was destroyed"
This is the Sullivan County Courthouse. Its interior was burned during the Union attack on Blountville on September 22, 1863, as Confederate and Federal forces vied for control of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, located a few miles east of . . . Map (db m69708) HM
6Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Battle of BlountvilleConfederate Position
You are in the former schoolyard of the Masonic Female Institute, where Confederate troops stood as they defended Blountville on September 22, 1863. Col. James E. Carter's 1st Tennessee Cavalry withdrew that morning of 1863 from the Watauga River to . . . Map (db m69806) HM
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7Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 124 — Battle of Blountville
Here on September 22, 1863, Confederate forces commanded by Colonel James E. Carter fought a Union brigade led by John W. Foster. After delaying the Union advance for more than four hours, Carter withdrew toward Zollicoffer, now known as Bluff City. . . . Map (db m45822) HM
8Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Battle of Blountville Confederate Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of the Confederate soldiers of Sullivan County Tennessee War of 1861-65 Battle of Blountville Sunday September 22, 1863Map (db m158034) WM
9Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Brick Kitchen
William Deery built this kitchen about 1810 to serve his inn. Virginia Caldwell described it as "tumble-down” in 1940 before the west and north walls were reconstructed. It served as her weave house. It is now furnished as an early 1800s . . . Map (db m158064) HM
10Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Fain Law Office
This little building originally stood across the street and served as the office of attorney John Fain in the late 1800s. Some Blountville residents remember it as the office of attorney Homer Smith in the second quarter of the 20th century. It was . . . Map (db m210240) HM
11Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Historic Courthouse Bell
Forged in Maryland by J. Regester & Sons, this bell was placed in a cupola atop the old section of the Sullivan County courthouse circa 1870, and hung there nigh 100 years. This historic bell was mounted here on the courthouse lawn by the . . . Map (db m158019) HM
12Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 99 — Island RoadOldest Wagon Road in Tennessee — America’s First Road to the Southwest —
This military road from Chilhowee, Va. to present day Kingsport was completed September 1791 by Major Andrew Lewis under command of Col. Adam Stephen. Upon reaching the Long Island of the Holston, the militia erected Fort Robinson to treat for peace . . . Map (db m47541) HM
13Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 150 — James Brigham(ca. 1744-1814)
James Brigham, a pioneer and Revolutionary War soldier, purchased 1,070 acres along Muddy Creek in modern-day Sullivan County between 1782 and 1787. On December 11, 1792, he deeded 30 acres to John Anderson, George Maxwell, and . . . Map (db m158022) HM
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14Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — King Ironworks Cabin
This 1790 log cabin was the office of the James King Ironworks, which was located at the junction of Beaver and Steele Creeks near Bristol, TN. When the city announced plans to construct its waste- water treatment plant on the site in . . . Map (db m158063) HM
15Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Old Deery InnRefuge from the Storm
In September 1863, Confederate Gen. Samuel Jones’s command and Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s forces contested control of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad a few miles east. On September 22, Union Col. John W. Foster’s brigade engaged the forces . . . Map (db m69712) HM
16Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 33 — Old Deery Inn
Built shortly after 1785 by William Deery. Stopping place for many distinguished travelers of early days, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, the Marquis de Lafayette, Prince Louis Phillipe, Andrew Johnson and others enjoyed its hospitality. It operated . . . Map (db m82955) HM
17Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 132 — Ralph Blizard1918-2004
Ralph Blizard, a Hall of Fame long-bow fiddler, was a pioneer entertainer on radio stations WOPI, WJHL and WKPT, at first with his high school classmates. He recorded and toured with the New Southern Ramblers across the United States and the British . . . Map (db m45846) HM
18Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Slave Quarters
William Deery built this brick building in the early 1800s to house his slaves. Very few original slave buildings still exist in northeast Tennessee.Map (db m210235) HM
19Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Sullivan CountyTennessee's Second Oldest County
Sullivan County was established by the North Carolina Assembly’s October 1779 session; its north of the Holston River section formerly in Washington County, Virginia; and its south of the river section formerly in Washington County, North Carolina. . . . Map (db m69711) HM
20Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Sullivan County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all veterans of Sullivan County to the honor and glory of those who proudly served to keep our country a land of freedom Map (db m158036) WM
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21Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — 1A 35 — Taylor’s Meeting House
The Presbyterian Church established here in 1773 is probably the first church of any denomination to be established within the borders of Tennessee. It was also used as a fort, and school was held here on Sundays, in pioneer times.Map (db m45658) HM
22Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — The Cannonball HouseNarrowly Missed Destruction
You are standing in front of the Miller-Haynes house, known as the Cannonball House because of structural damage it sustained from Union cannon fire during the Battle of Blountville on September 22, 1863. During the artillery exchanges, Confederate . . . Map (db m69805) HM
23Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — The Chapel Cross at Fellowship Park
In June of 1843 land was acquired from Laurence Snapp of Blountville and the first building of the church was erected across from the present Blountville Glass Company. The deed stated in Laurence Snapp's words that the land was given to James . . . Map (db m210247) HM
24Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — The Log Church at Fellowship Park
The historic log structure from the late 1700's was built in an area possibly known as Sapling Grove in Johnson County, Mountain City, TN. In the late 1950's it was moved to Elizabethton where it was a part of a tourist attraction which included a . . . Map (db m210252) HM
25Tennessee (Sullivan County), Blountville — Tipton Town House
. . . Map (db m158017) HM
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Dec. 7, 2022