Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Long Island of the Holston

Marker ID: THC 1A 107
Location: along Netherland Inn Read near the intersection of Ridgefields Rd, Kingsport, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 33.024    W 082° 35.386
  36.5504    -82.58976666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4QC0


Its west end seen here in the river, the Long Island of the Holston is four miles long. Tennessee's first National Historic Landmark, it was the site of numerous Revolutionary War events. It served as a sacred Cherokee Indian island until ceded to Whites in 1806, long after ceding all land around it. The end of the first wagon road to the Southwest, it was the point of origin for the state's earliest western expansion and the starting point for Boone's Wilderness Road into Kentucky. In 1777, the first July 4 celebration west of the mountains was held on this island near the trading post home of Col. Joseph Martin.