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Introduction

Introduction

 

The Knoxville Road, is a segment of the western fork of the Great Valley Road.  The western fork began near Roanoke, Virginia and extended to Bristol, Virginia which is considered the beginning of the Wilderness Road into Kentucky.  By 1792 the western fork was extended further south from Bristol to Knoxville, Tennessee because this route offered a more direct path from the Clinch River and other points in Eastern Tennessee.  At Knoxville the road connected with Avery's Trace to Nashville, Tennessee and the Georgia Road to Athens, Georgia.  This early migration

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route now travels through the Tennessee towns of Jonesborough, Greenville, and Morristown.  It follows the path of present day U.S. Route 11E, a distance of about 125 miles.        

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If you have traced your 18th or 19th century ancestors to any of the counties listed below it is quite possible that they traveled to that location along this migration route.  Therefore you may find additional relevant information about your ancestral lineages by taking the following road trip through these localities.

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COUNTY (Road Trip Segment)

Blount County, TN (3)

Carter County, TN (1)

Cocke County, TN (2,3)

Grainger County, TN (3)

Greene County, TN (2)

Hamblen County, TN (2,3)

Hawkins County, TN (2)

Jefferson County, TN (3)

Johnson County, TN (1)

Knox County, TN (3)

Scott County, VA (1)

Sevier County, TN (3)

Sullivan County, TN (1)

Union County, TN (3)

Unicoi County, TN (2)

Washington, County, VA (1)

Washington County, TN (1,2)

 

Genealogy Road Trip

This “Genealogy Road Trip” is divided into segments that require between 1 and 2 hours of driving time.  The entire 124 mile journey should take approximately 2.75 hours to drive at 45 miles per hour.  Within each segment you will find links to resources* that will assist you in planning a successful and enjoyable experience.  The following maps are designed to show a close-up view of the counties and communities along this migration route.  Relevant county seats are designated with aStar yellow-green 32x30, beginning and end points of each segment are noted with a Bullet (red ball) dk green2 and historical sites with a purple circle.

 

SEGMENT 1

From: Bristol, TN

To: Jonesborough, TN

SEGMENT 2

From: Bristol, TN to

To: Jonesborough, TN

SEGMENT 3

From: Morristown, TN

To: Knoxville, TN

 

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Segment 1

SEGMENT 1

From: Bristol, TN

To: Jonesborough, TN

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Driving Distance = 31 miles;   Driving Time = approximately .75 hours

     Begin the first segment of this road trip at the Bristol Public Library located at 701 Goode Street, in the Virginia side of the city.   Bristol, Virginia is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, located just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street.  From the library turn right on to State Street then turn left at US Route 11E (Volunteer Parkway).   Follow this route through Bristol, Tennessee. 

      After crossing the South Fork of the Holston River US 11E will become the Bristol Highway and fork to the right. Soon after crossing the Watauga River you will enter the outskirts of Johnson City, Tennessee.  Follow the signs for US 11E (N. Roan St.) into the town.  Near the city center US 11E will turn right and become W. Market Street.  Leave town via this route towards Jonesborough, Tennessee.  Jonesborough is the county seat of Washington County, Tennessee.

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Use the following LINKS to find information about the counties and localities found along this segment of the Route.

General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

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Segment 2

SEGMENT 2

From: Bristol, TN to

To: Jonesborough, TN

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Driving Distance = 53 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, was founded in 1779, seventeen years before Tennessee was granted statehood.  In addition to the records of Washington county Jonesborough contains a well-preserved historical district.  

     Leave Jonesborough via US 11E (W. Jackson Blvd.).  At Dotsontown the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park is located on you left.   Continue in US 11E (Andrew Johnson Parkway), through Tusculum, home of Tusculum College, the oldest university in Tennessee. 

     Follow US 11E around Greeneville the county seat of Greene County.  Leave Greenville via US11E towards Moshiem a town located near where the Battle of Blue Springs was fought on October 10, 1863. From Moshiem continue through Bull’s Gap and into Morristown the county seat of Hamblen County, Tennessee. Enter the downtown area on US 11E (E. Morris Blvd.)

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Use the following LINKS to find information about the counties and localities found along this segment of the Route.

General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

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Segment 3

SEGMENT 3

From: Morristown, TN

To: Knoxville, TN

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Driving Distance = 40 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.00 hours

     While in Morristown you may want to visit the Hamblen County Courthouse located at 511 West Second North Street, and the Morristown-Hamblen County Public Library at 417 West Main Street.  Leave the downtown area of Morristown on US 11E (West Morris Blvd.) towards Jefferson City  the home of Carson-Newman College, a Baptist college founded in 1851.  At Trentville US11E will join US 70.  After crossing the Holston River you will enter the suburbs of Knoxville, Tennessee.  Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in Tennessee, and is the county seat of Knox County.  It is also the largest city in East Tennessee. 

     End your road trip at James White's Fort, located at 205 East Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville.  This historical site is a re-creation of the 18th century settlement that became the city of Knoxville.  James White's Fort is within walking distance of other attractions such as the William Blount Mansion, Market Square, and the Old City. 

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Use the following LINKS to find information about the counties and localities found along this segment of the Route.

General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

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General Resources

·        American Migration Patterns

·        Migration Routes, Roads & Trails

·        Brethren Life: Migrations

·        Trails West

·        Historical U.S. roads and trails - Wikipedia

·        U.S. Historical Maps - Perry-Castañeda Collection

·        Early American Roads and Trails

·        Frontier Trails: A Brief History

·        MIGRATIONS.org

·        ROOTS / MIGRATIONS

·        American Migration Fact Sheets

·        Map guide to American migration routes,1735-1815

·        Migration Book Store

·        Early Migration Routes

·        The Overland Trail Links--Ancient Indian Trails

·        American Westward Expansion

·        Migration Message Boards – Ancestry.com

·        The African-American Migration Experience 

·        Migration Trailsmap of many U.S. trails

·        Migration Information & Maps By Ethnic Group

Topic Specific Resources

·    TNGenWeb - Sullivan County, Tennessee

·    Early Migration Paths: Murphy Genealogy

·       Knoxville, Tennessee - Wikipedia

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you will find books about historic American roads, trails, and paths.  In addition, there are texts that pertain to ethnic and religion groups, history, geography as well as other books that will assist you with your research.

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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of historic American roads, trails and migration.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of this topic as well as our ancestors past lives.

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Davy Crockett Birthplace along the Knoxville Road

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