Roane County

Roane County was established in 1801.

Visitor Sites & Attractions

Fort Southwest Point
Fort Southwest Point

Kingston, Tennessee

Fort Southwest Point is located in Kingston on Watt’s Bar Lake, and is open to the public for scheduled tours. It is the only fort in Tennessee that was constructed on its original foundation in 1797. While the Fort was first constructed to accommodate troops, its role shifted to a protectionist one, as the troops were responsible for keeping peace with the Cherokee American Indians and defending their rights. Visitors to the site will find a visitor center, barracks, a blockhouse, and 250 feet of palisade walls. A stop at the visitor center will provide information on the fort and its role in westward expansion in America. Interpretive exhibits and a video orientation are also offered.

Harriman Heritage Museum
Harriman Heritage Museum

Harriman, Tennessee

Located in the Temperance Building, constructed in 1891, this museum has many artifacts and pictures of the founding and history of Harriman.

Rocky Top General Store
Rocky Top General Store

Harriman, Tennessee

A unique stop, this store and museum offers a step back in history when things were a bit simpler. Items found on the front porch might include Radio Flyer wagons, rolls of chicken wire, and 50 lb bags of rabbit food. Antique farm tools hang from the ceiling and an old-fashion drink machine sells glass bottles of Coke. Visitors will enjoy the eclectic atmosphere and free popcorn, as well as opportunities to purchase giftware or other “general” items.