Fort Southwest Point

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!

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Latitude: 35.8612308 Longitude: -84.5284653 Elevation: 809 ft
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Hours Open

10 am-4 pm

Time Period Represented

Tuesday - Saturday

Seasons Open

Year Round

Visitor Fees


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.

Pet Friendly Notes


Hwo to Get There

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

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