Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Kingston ~ Former State Capital

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Location: near the front/west side of the old Roane County courthouse, at the intersection of North Kentucky Street (State Highway 58) and East Cumberland Street, Kingston, TN
County: Roane
Coordinates: N 35° 52.326    W 084° 30.959
  35.8721    -84.51598333
Waymark: None


(west side)
The Second Capital of Tennessee

In 1806, the General Assembly of Tennessee passed a resolution that its next meeting be “at the town of Kingston near South-West Point.” On Monday, September 21, 1807, the General Assembly met at Kingston which thus became the second capital of Tennessee. The General Assembly adjourned on the same day to meet two days later at Knoxville.

(east side)
John Sevier was Governor of Tennessee when Kingston was the capital

This historical marker was authorized by the Seventy-sixth General Assembly of Tennessee, 1949.

Gordon Browning, Governor
James H. Cummings, Secretary of State
Walter M. Haynes, Speaker of the Senate
McAllen Foutch, Speaker of the House