"Bristol, Tennessee~" Bristol by Yaqui

Bristol Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 28 photos

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.

  • Last visit to Bristol: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Jan 1, 2013
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    I love the huge cross :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Sounds like there is a few things to see here! Love the "Big Guitar." We have one in Tamworth

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I like the big guitar on your lead photo.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Thanks for stopping by. There were lots of things to enjoy along our trip, just wished we had more time for each place:)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Great to discover these little out of the way places. Sounds like you were having quite a time moving your sister.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      It was adventure we both will never forget and think of fondley. Thanks for stopping by.


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