The Netherland Inn

October 10, 2010

The Netherland Inn is located in Kingsport, Tenn., and has been around since the early 1800s, however, settlers began utilizing the site prior to the Revolutionary War.

The inn we see today was built in 1818 by Richard Netherland,

who purchased a stage coach contract to drive business to his new inn. The road on which the inn sits became the main rout to all areas west, so it probably saw a lot of travelers. We are certain that presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk stayed at the inn. I grew up in Kingsport and remember hearing that George Washington stayed there. I can not confirm that right now, but there was certainly activity at the site during his lifetime.

The inn sits along the banks of the Holston River, and in about 1802 a man named William King established a boatyard there to provide transportation for his salt business. This is where Kingsport gets its name.

The boatyard was actually operating by 1768, according to the historic marker on the site. It served as the hub for most commercial and immigration activity on the Holston until about 1850.

In 1979, a local Boy Scout troop erected on the site a replica of a flatboat that would have been commonly used by settlers in the late 1700s. I took this shot of these birds flying while walking near the inn. The shot is not necessarily historic in nature, but you will see this kind of thing if you visit the inn. In fact, you don’t have to visit the inn at all, because a walking trail and park spans a good length of the Holston on either side of the inn. I was walking on the trail when I took this picture of the birds.

The inn is a museum now and is open for tours. Visit the website for more information.

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One Response to “The Netherland Inn”

  1. amarsh07 said

    My grandmother says she remembers when horse and buggy was the only thing allowed on Netherland Inn Road. Now it’s a traffic-filled shortcut to downtown Kingsport from Hawkins County!

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