A flatboat replica is located in front of the Netherland Inn on the banks of the South Fork of the Holston River. Photo by Ned Jilton II
While checking out Fun Fest events stop by Netherland Inn this Saturday, July 13, for free tours of the Inn and Museum of Pioneer Transportation then go by the Renaissance Center Theater on Monday, July 15, for a Civil War Evening.
See the Netherland Inn and a unique replica of one of the Donelson party flatboats, and be sure to visit the new Museum of Pioneer Transportation! A special commemorative presentation will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Historic
Netherland Inn at Old Kingsport, Tennessee. Immediately following the ceremony, Netherland Inn docents, guides, will give free tours of the Inn and the new Museum of Pioneer Transportation from 2 PM to 4 PM.
Historian James Caldwell will speak on the 1976 Bicentennial flotilla re-enactment, which covered 1,006 river miles and took nine weeks to complete. Several Kingsport citizens participated in the historic reenactment and the Netherland Inn houses the Charlotte, one of the flatboats that made the journey, which the public can see on the museum grounds. A second flatboat replica is located in front of the Inn on the banks of the South Fork of the Holston River.
The original journey was made by Col. John Donelson, who served in the Virginia House of Burgesses before moving to the Watauga settlements on the Holston and Watauga rivers in East Tennessee. Along with James Robertson in 1780, he co-founded Fort Nashborough, which would eventually become the city of Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1744, he married Rachel Stockley. Their daughter, Rachel, married the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Col. Donelson's 13 year-old daughter Rachel
was part of the 1779 flatboat journey.
Later in the week you can enjoy “A Civil War Evening” featuring music and more which will take place Monday, July 15, at the Renaissance Center Theater.
During the event, which last from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Stephen Dean will present his documentary film series and DVD, “The Civil War at Cumberland Gap”. In addition there will be a concert of authentic Civil War music by the group “Hello Stranger” features Dale Jett on guitar, Teresa Jett on bass and Oscar Harris playing autoharp.
The Civil War Evening is sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, UVA Wise-Appalachian Warfare Program and WKPT-TV. The tickets are $5