Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Tennessee's First Newspaper

Marker ID: THC 1B 60
Location: Hawkins County, Washington and Depot streets, courthouse lawn
County: Hawkins
Waymark: None


At the invitation of Territorial Gov. William Blount, George Rou1estone and Robert Ferguson brought a printing press over the mountains from North Carolina, and established the Knoxville Gazette in a log cabin on the Hawkins County Courthouse Square. On November 5, 1791, the first issue of Tennessee's first newspaper was printed. In October 1792, the Gazette was moved to Knoxville, Blount's newly established capital.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.