Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Whitson’s Fort

Marker ID: THC 1C 19
Location: at 103 Wilton Springs Road (U.S. 321) at the intersection with Cosby Hwy., Newport, TN
County: Cocke
Coordinates: N 35° 52.299    W 083° 13.394
  35.87165    -83.22323333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


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.