Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Flootboat "Adventure" December 22, 1779

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Location: in Centennial Boat Yard Park, on Netherland Inn Rd west of Ridgefields Rd, Kingsport TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 33.033    W 082° 35.65
  36.55055    -82.59416666
Waymark: None


Colonel John Donelson in his floatboat “Adventure,” leading a flotilla of about 300 people in flootboats and canoes, departed from Fort Patrick Henry on that epic voyage to the Big Salt Lick on the Cumberland River (now Nashville). The voyagers were stopped by the fall of water on the shoals at the mouth of Reedy Creek, 600 yards upstream from here. They remained here for almost 2 months, repairing their boats and waiting for the water to rise. They arrived at their destination on April 24, 1780.

Erected 1979 by Boy Scout Troop 220 Great Smoky Mtn. Council.