Rogersville’s unique, original red brick Main Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is known as the largest collection of Federal style architecture in the state.
In 1791, George Roulston and Robert Ferguson printed the Knoxville Gazette, the first newspaper in the Territory South of the River Ohio, here in Rogersville. This restored 1890 Southern Railroad Depot houses the state’s only printing and newspaper museum, inspired by that first newspaper. Tour the award-winning recreated 19th century print shop and view originals or copies of over two dozen papers printed in Rogersville. The Newspaper and Printing Museum pays tribute to the area’s long history of involvement in the printing industry. It is located at 415 Depot St, in the old train depot building. The Depot also house the office of the Rogersville Heritage Association.
Built in 1836, this is Tennessee’s oldest active courthouse; and one of only six antebellum courthouses still in use in the state. It’s log cabin predecessor was the site of the 1796 vote tallied for Tennessee to attain statehood. The courthouse sits on Main Street, once a piece of the Great Stage Coach Road connecting Washington, D.C. with Knoxville and Cumberland Gap to Kentucky.
With a multi-million dollar renovation having been completed in the Summer of 2009, the Hale Springs Inn is open for business once again! Originally built in 1824, it now features nine spacious guest rooms (three Presidential suites), an exquisite restaurant, and the only full service tavern in Hawkins County (McKinney’s Tavern). It’s situated right on Main Street, housing you close to all the wonderful sites that Rogersville has to offer.
Be sure to head on over to their website and book a stay in one of their beautiful rooms!
Davy Crockett’s family’s first Tennessee home, the Ebbing & Flowing Spring, and many other historic attractions are waiting for you here in Rogersville. For more information, please visit the Rogersville Heritage Association.
Lush green meadows and round, rolling hills covered by low laying morning fog, call to mind Ireland, home of many of Rogersville’s original settlers.
Rogersville’s historic town square, quaint shops, and historic homes provide an incredible festival setting for Heritage Days – the annual (held every October) celebration of Rogersville’s unique heritage. The festival showcases Appalachian music, storytelling, dancers, special events for children, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, a juried craft show, and a food court to whet everyone’s appetite!
The Local Artist Gallery features 30 local artisan featuring fine arts and crafts. Art includes print, jewelry, photography, sculptures of wood, stone, and mental, or shop for practical art such as quilts brooms, furniture and pottery. The Gallery also offers demonstrations and classes throughout the year. The Gallery is located on 124 East Main Street.
Join car enthusiasts on Main Street Rogersville! See pre-1980 restored classic cars at this popular event. Stroll the streets, shop, and have dinner at one of our many locally owned restaurants. Live musical entertainment is also provided. These events take place from May through October.
Come see our beautiful town, made even more beautiful by the many colors of Spring blossoms!
An annual tradition – the largest Independence Day Fireworks display in a five state area! It’s a day filled with music, a parade, sporting events, concessions, a car show, and of course the fireworks. You can read all about it on their website.