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Kingston - Tennessee


Kingston, Tennessee, with a population of 14,572, is located in Roane County, TN., 18.3 miles from Oak Ridge, TN and 34.2 miles from Knoxville, TN. Kingston is the county seat of Roane County.

On September 21, 1807, Kingston became the capital of Tennessee for one day to fulfill an agreement with the Cherokee nation, where the tribe was led to believe that if they ceded the land in and around Roane County, Kingston would become the capital of Tennessee. Wikipedia

Kingston has a rich river heritage as evidenced by the graves of several riverboat captains buried in the Old Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery.

Kingston, TN was founded in 1799 and is the second oldest city in Tennessee.

The closest airport to Harriman is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).

Main Attractions in or near Kingston:

American Museum of Science & Energy
The American Museum of Science & Energy opened in 1949 in an old wartime cafeteria. It was originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy. Its guided tours took visitors through the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The present facility, opened in 1975, continues to provide the general public with energy information. The name of the museum was changed to the American Museum of Science and Energy in 1978. Live demonstrations, videos and other programs are scheduled for the general public daily.

Big South Fork Railway
Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area while the Big South Fork Railway train makes its way through deep gorges and hugs steep cliff lines to take you back into a bygone era of logging and coal mining. Located approximately 45 minutes from Clinton.

Civil War Sites Tour
Prepared by the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. The Civil War Sites Tour covers significant Knoxville Civil War sites. Includes the Bleak House, Second Presbyterian Church, Crescent Bend, Cherokee Heights, West Wing of Union Lines, Pontoon Bridge Site, Fort Hill, Mabry-Hazen House, Confederate Cemetery, Forts Dickerson and Stanley, General Burnside Headquarters, Battery Wiltsie, Immaculate Conception Church, Third Creek Valley, National Cemetery, Fort Sanders, and UDC Monument.

Frank H. McClung Museum
The McClung Museum is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, medicine, local history, and natural history. The exhibits document ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology, history, art, and culture. The McClung Museum is a special place -- a place of discovery, a place to learn about the world around us.

As a part of The University of Tennessee, the Museum supports and participates in the University's mission to serve the state, region, and nation through scholarship, teaching, artistic creation, professional practice, and public service.


Knoxville Zoological Park
T
he Knoxville Zoo has been rated as one of the best zoos in America. It is open year round and offers special programs such as Bedtime with the Beasts. Bedtime with the Beasts is where fun and learning come together. The Bedtime with the Beasts program is offered to any organized group of 15 to 30 people ages six and up. Enjoy private tours, activities, and animal encounters. Bring your sleeping bag and spend the night at the Knoxville Zoo! It happens March through November for $30 per person.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

Secret City Scenic Excursion Train
Turn the clock back to yesteryear and return to the heyday of passenger railroading with the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum's Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

Trains depart from the Heritage Center (formerly K-25) near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, an historic Department of Energy facility where research and development plunged the United States into the Atomic Age. The train winds along Poplar Creek and Highway 327 in the beautiful hills and valleys of East Tennessee. Additional route and facility history is available, as are views of a typical trip.

Each round trip travels approximately 14 miles and lasts about one hour. Trains are pulled by 1950's vintage Alco diesel locomotives. Seating is in an air-conditioned coach and a dining car, both restored from the 1940's era of passenger railroading. An open-air concession car has souvenirs and snacks for sale.

The Star of Knoxville Riverboat
The Star of Knoxville is an authentic paddlewheeler with a capacity 325 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year-round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. If you don't feel like having the black-tie event, the atmosphere is functional as a jeans and shorts type of place for the family reunions and football parties. The Tennessee River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the east. While cruising, you will enjoy one of the most breath- taking views in Knoxville. Not only will you see some of the history of the river, you will most certainly be relaxed by the river's beauty.

Watts Bar Lake
Kingston is situated along the shores of Watts Bar Lake. Watts Bar provides 722 miles of shoreline and over 39,090 acres of water surface. Hundreds of boat slips are offered at area marinas. Marinas also offer large and small boat rentals, cabin rentals, houseboats and supplies. Numerous coves and islands with natural sand beaches offer ideal spots for virtually all water sports. Fishermen can cast a line in the wide open flats or the narrow winding river channels and expect to see jumbo crappie, lunker, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trophy stripers and a wide array of freshwater fish.

Festivals in or near Kingston:

Oak Ridge Dogwood Invitational Regatta
The Oak Ridge Dogwood Invitational Regatta two-day event is part of the 2006 Dogwood Arts Festival, which will include a Cardboard Boat Race and Events of the Tennessee State Rowing Championships. This event is open to Youth, College. Open, and Master programs. We encourage programs from outside of Tennessee to attend and enjoy our great facility. Held in April.

Secret City Festival
The Secret City Festival is held in June and draws over 20,000 attendees. Record crowds dance to the oldies and croon along to their favorite tunes of yesteryear.
During daytime festival hours, crowds gather at the BMX Bicycle Stunt Show, where festival-goers are entertained with flips, jumps, slides, and all kinds of other bicycle stunts. Tennessee State Parks bring their eagle and owl for folks to have their photos made with, and Oscar the Robot flirts, teases, and wins over crowds with his charm and wit.

The World War II re-enactment is the largest multi-battle WWII event in the South. There are lots of antiques and collectibles vendors.

The Children’s Festival area features a Euro-bungy, Inflatable Slide, Mule and Wagon Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, free Game Zone and more.

Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Step onto the grounds at the Museum of Appalachia's Tennessee Fall Homecoming and surround yourself with the sounds, tastes, and excitement of an old-time mountain festival. Hear the lilting strains of the fiddle...the rousing twang of the bluegrass banjo...the jubilant rhythm of dancers' feet...the familiar words of traditional mountain songs. Hear the ringing axe biting into a cedar log...the clod-clod of the draft horse pulling the molasses mill round and round...the rhythmic whir of the spinning wheel transforming tufts of wool into yarn. Savor the aroma of soup beans hot from iron kettles...country ham and melt-in-your-mouth biscuits...fried green tomatoes sizzling in the skillet. Sample a cup of sassafras tea brewed over an outdoor fire...apple butter simmered on the wood stove...homemade fried apple pies crisped on the griddle.

Thousands attend this annual event. Now in its 27th year, it's been called one of the nation's most authentic old-time festivals with its emphasis on old-time music, handicrafts, and early pioneer skills.
Nationally known musicians will be joined by hundreds of regional and local performers playing old-time mountain, folk, traditional, gospel, and bluegrass music.

More than 150 artisans--some whose work is rarely seen elsewhere--will offer thousands of traditional handicrafts for purchase. Demonstrators will re-enact pioneer skills including quilting, basket weaving, blacksmithing, sawmilling, sheep herding, rail splitting, spinning and weaving, chair caning, lye soap making, and molasses making.

Visitors can enjoy the Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Association demonstration and show, an event in itself--or challenge former National Champion Robert Butler to a game of checkers.

Christmas in Old Appalachia
"Christmas in Old Appalachia" is the first Sunday in December at the Museum of Appalachia with the annual Open House welcoming folks for an afternoon of old-time carols, wagon rides, pioneer demonstrations, gift shopping, and more. Admission to the entire Museum will be free that afternoon (but please bring a non-perishable food item for the Norris Area Food Bank). Activities will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3rd, with seasonal music in the Hall of Fame and auditorium. Old-time musicians, bluegrass bands, the Museum of Appalachia Band, and many other great local groups will perform throughout the complex. Also performing will be several area choirs and a community chorus.

School children decorating the tree in the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse. Cabins are decorated in traditional Appalachian style, and demonstrations of woodcarving, spinning, open-hearth cooking, sawmilling, buck dancing, and sheep herding take viewers back to an earlier era. Visitors can ride a horse-drawn wagon, warm themselves with fried apple pies and sassafras tea, or challenge national champion Robert Butler to a game of checkers.

Windrock ATV Club Fall Ride
More than 250 ATV enthusiasts will ride the challenging trails of Windrock Mountain during the Windrock ATV Club Fall Ride.

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