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SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE RE COVID-19
March 17, 2020

BLOUNTVILLE, TN - The Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
Serving the citizens of Sullivan County and other areas of the U.S. is an honor and a responsibility that we take very seriously. Our office seeks to provide the excellent customer service that all citizens deserve.  Due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, the offices of the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism will be temporarily closed to the general public until April 6. This will include the main office located at 3425 Hwy. 126, Blountville, and the Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Information Center located at 1575 Hwy. 394 in Blountville.   Staff members will continue to work onsite at the main office and will respond to all general information inquiries, records inquiries and tourism questions; you may reach a staff member by calling (423) 323-4660 or by emailing to info@sullivancountytn.gov.  The Old Deery Inn and Community Center will also cease operations until July 1. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this situation and strive to make Sullivan County an even safer place to live.  Please be safe and stay well.

We do feel confident that Sullivan County is resilient, and that we will remain strong alonside all other Tennessee counties as each of our communities continue working together in a spirit of hope and resolve for Spring and Summer of 2020.

 

 

 

VISIT OUR NEW HERITAGE TOURISM INFORMATION CENTER!
Opened in November 2019, our Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Information Center is located at 1575 Hwy. 394, Blountville, TN 37617. A post-Civil War era structure, the newly restored facility will be used to promote and showcase the rich cultural heritage of Sullivan County, Tennessee.

A premier tourist destination, Historic Sullivan is renowned for the quality and diversity of its attractions. One of the most beautiful areas in Northeast Tennessee, Sullivan County is fortunate to be one of the most widely visited areas in the state. The county offers a wide array of tourist attractions ranging from the famed Bristol Motor Speedway to various historic sites and repositories.

The Heritage Tourism Information Center’s mission is (1) To showcase the attractions of Historic Sullivan; (2) To serve as a starting point for walking tour of Blountville; (3)  To highlight the Civil War Battle of Blountville.  The center’s first exhibit is a Civil War display which has been installed on the ground floor. Plans are underway for two of the tourism center’s room to be dedicated to Civil War exhibits and exhibits on local and regional history. Angela Crane serves as the Marketing Associate for the Department of Archives and Tourism. The center will be open Wednesday through Friday of each week, with hours and days open set to expand in the near future.  Hours for the Tourism Center will be Wednesday 10 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, and Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Hours and days open are set to expand in the near future. [Special note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, our operating hours and will be limited. Please see Special Press Release above.]


HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Archives and History Research Center, 3425 Hwy. 126, Blountville, TN 37617
    8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday

  • Heritage Tourism Information Center & Museum, 1575 Hwy. 394, Blountville TN 37617
    Wednesday 10 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, and Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
    Hours and days open are set to expand in the near future.



The Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Information Center was dedicated on November 22, 2019, to Mayor Richard S. Venable for his inspiration and support of historic preservation and heritage tourism in Historic Sullivan County. [Photo courtesy of Kingsport Times-News]



FROM COUNTRY MUSIC TO OUR BEAUTIFUL EAST TN MOUNTAINS,
from the Bristol Motor Speedway to Historic Rocky Mount, we think Sullivan County has it all! We are so blessed! When we look around us and see how beautiful historic Sullivan County is, we realize that preserving and showcasing our rich heritage is critically imperative. Our ancestors settled in this beautiful section of East Tennessee over two centuries ago. Remembering the past and those who have gone before us takes us back into yesterday, maybe a century or two, into a world whose heritage is well worth preserving and sharing. Check out our showcase of attractions in the video just below!

 

 "Coming home to Historic Sullivan..."

 

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
At the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, our primary focus is on preservation of Sullivan County’s historic governmental records while showcasing the history and attractions, both old and new, in our area.  Patrick Henry once said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Preserving our historic documents and buildings is closest to the very heart of the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, as it brings us a better understanding of who we are today. Without our historic documents and the beautiful historic sites in Sullivan County, we would often be reminded of ancestors whose names were long since forgotten and of homeplaces lost in time. Please visit beautiful Northeast Tennessee and enjoy our Sunnyside Trail! We invite you to join us in our quest as we preserve the past, share our heritage, and showcase the beautiful attractions in Sullivan County, Tennessee, truly "a Museum of Masterpieces, both old and new".

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from."  - Alex Haley

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