Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Double Springs

Marker ID: THC 1A 97
Location: Sullivan County, north side of I-81 near Washington County line
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 26.130    W 082° 33.804
  36.4355    -82.5634
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM52YB


The large spring to the northwest was a landmark to early settlers. In his campaign against the Cherokees, Col. William Christian established his first camp here on October 1-4, 1776. The Double Springs Church, to the South, was founded in 1786 by Jonathan Mulkey and pastored for 40 years by Jesse Riggs. Nearby lived John Jones, one of the commissioners of the Watauga Association.