Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Birthplace of Bristol

Marker ID: THC 1A 137
Location: at the intersection of State Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Bristol, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 35.691    W 082° 10.867
  36.59485    -82.18111666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3QMA


The town of Bristol was planned and laid out by Joseph Rhea Anderson in 1852. Development began on this site in 1853 with the erection of Anderson's combined home and business. The building served as the community's first store, post office, bank, and realty office. The first election, town council meeting, court session, church service, wedding, and birth took place there. Anderson is buried in East Hill Cemetery seven blocks east.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.