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Part of our in-depth series exploring Southern Early American Forts

Picture of Fort Southwest Point
1797 - 1811
Contact Fort Director Mike Woody
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Fort Southwest Point is the only fort in Tennessee being reconstructed on its original foundation. The completed sections of the fort include a barracks, a blockhouse and 250 feet of palisade walls. The fort is owned, operated, and maintained by the City of Kingston.

Fort Southwest Point was constructed in 1797 and remained a working fort through 1811 when it was deemed that soldiers were no longer needed. At its peak there were over 625 soldiers stationed here.

Directions To Fort Southwest Point

From Interstate 40 take Exit 352.  Travel 1.9 miles  on Highway 58 South. The Fort is on the hill on the right overlooking the junction of the Tennessee, Clinch, and Emory Rivers.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Southwest Point Web Site
Kingston

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