Want to ring in the Christmas Season with family and friends?
 Do you have a special someone you would like to remember at Christmas? How about an old-fashioned Christmas Parade right here in the heart of Sullivan County?  Historic Blountville is the place to be!

This year’s festivities will begin with the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017. Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be brought by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm. Continuing last year’s theme of “One Special Town… Two Special Trees”, the ceremony will include the traditional tree lighting of the beautiful 30-foot Douglas fir in front of the courthouse, and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group in remembrance of victims of violence.  Area residents are encouraged to participate by bringing an ornament in honor of family members lost to violence. Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry said, “It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. Holidays can be extremely sad for families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. The remembrance tree gives families from East Tennessee the opportunity to do something special for their loved ones.”  Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other items including hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, nachos, chili cheese fries and more. But wait, there’s more! …

Nothing says it better than a parade!  Join us at 2 PM for the Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade on the  main thoroughfare through Blountville.  The parade route will line up at Keystone Drive, and proceed on Great Stage Road, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse.  Those wishing to participate in the parade should line up at Keystone Drive at 1 PM. Participants are asked to have a Christmas theme on floats or vehicles. There is no registration fee, and anyone may participate.

The Historic Blountville Christmas Festivities  are sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, the partnership of First Judicial District Attorney General’s office and the local chapter of the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group, and the Blountville Ruritan. For additional information, please call the Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.

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.

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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