Kingsport Community Information
Just a few miles from the Virginia border in the northeastern corner of Tennessee lies the burgeoning city of Kingsport. Initially chartered in 1822, Kingsport garnered its name from an early boat yard on the Holston River known as William King's Port. The city has enjoyed steady residential and industrial growth for many years. Kingsport's top-notch police department, parks and schools - combined with its excellent reputation and outstanding government performance - helped to earn the tri-city region an "All-American City" designation in 1999. In addition, large corporations such as Eastman Chemical Company and AFG Industries have chosen Kingsport as their home.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Kingsport offers a multitude of attractions and recreational opportunities. Residents have access to 100 square miles of water, 1,500 miles of shoreline and numerous caverns and hiking trails to explore. Golfers can tee off on one of Kingsport's four 18-hole golf courses. Racing fans will want to visit Bristol Motor Speedway, home of two major NASCAR events.
Kingsport's rich past is celebrated at historic sites such as the Exchange Place, a farm complex dating from the early 1800s. The Netherland Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and reminds visitors of the city's pivotal role in the saga of the early American frontier. With a prestigious reputation and a wide range of high-quality attractions, it is not surprising that Kingsport is known as "Tennessee's bright spot."
Kingsport City Guide