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Fort Southwest Point

Archaeological Site
Firing of the cannon during the Storm the Fort Triathlon, August 2011 – Pam May

ADA Accessibility Notes

Handicapped Accessible into musuem and up to the fort gate. Tour of the fort is a walking tour but there is a sidewalk available to the fort gate.

Fort Southwest Point was constructed in 1797 in Roane County by an army garrison on a high bluff overlooking the Clinch and Tennessee Rivers - now part of Kingston. Until 1811 the fort served as a major point of interaction between the Cherokee and the United States government. Today, visitors can explore the only colonial-era fort reconstructed on its original site. The fort's visitor center houses a museum containing artifacts excavated under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Archeology and is managed by the City of Kingston. The history of the Fort comes alive during the Living History Days, as staff members dress in period costumes and recreate activities from the past, and also during the Colonial Christmas Candlelight Tour, which will also includes bag-pipe serenades and a night-time firing of the canon.

The museum and tours are all free!

Hwo to Get There

I-40 to Kingston Exit #352, south on Kentucky Street/Hwy 58. Fort Southwest Point is on the right.

Pet Friendly Notes


Time Period Represented

Tuesday - Saturday


10 am-4 pm

Seasons Open

Year Round


Visitor Fees


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