Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Donelson Flotilla

Marker ID: THC 1A 98
Location: TN 93, Sullivan County, in Kingsport, North Wilcox Drive
County: Washington
Waymark: None


Early in 1779 Col. John Donelson's group arrived here and built 30 flatboats for 300 people to make the 1,000-mile journey to settle Middle Tennessee. They embarked on their boating adventure on December 22, 1779. Within an hour they wrecked at the mouth of Reedy Creek, resuming the voyage in February 1780. They arrived in Nashville the following April.