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General Evan Shelby moved his family and settled at a place called Big Camp Meet. Shelby renamed the site Sapling Grove and erected a fort on a hill in 1774. The fort (Shelby Station) became a trading post and stockade for travlers passing thru.
Colonel James King, an immigrant from Ireland and a patriot in the American Revolution, purchased the Shelby land setting up an ironworks and a sawmill, which became a great boon to the area, later Colonel King started a furniture works to meet the high demand for the quality wood. Reverend James King, the colonel's son, brought in new sawmill equipment and built the largest stone milldam. Joseph R. Anderson, Reverends son, laid out the original Town of Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, which building began in 1853.
The Virginia and Tennessee Railroads reached the cities in the late summer of 1856. Due to having two different railroads companies, two depots served the cities; one in Bristol, TN and the other in Goodson, VA. However, the depot located in Goodson continued to be referred to as Bristol, Virginia. In 1890, Goodson, VA returned to the name Bristol.
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