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Welcome to Kingston

History, Community, and Southern Charm Awaits

About Kingston

Population: 5953 -Nestled amidst the rolling hills of East Tennessee, Kingston stands as a beacon of Southern charm and hospitality. Steeped in history, our city’s story is woven into the fabric of the region, from its days as a bustling river town to its pivotal role in the Civil War. Today, Kingston is not just a place on the map but a vibrant community where neighbors know each other by name and visitors are greeted with a warm smile. Surrounded by the natural splendor of Watts Bar Lake and the Cumberland Plateau, Kingston offers outdoor enthusiasts ample opportunities to explore scenic trails, fish in pristine waters, or simply soak in the tranquility of our surroundings. But Kingston is more than just breathtaking landscapes; it’s a place where history comes alive at landmarks like Fort Southwest Point, where local businesses thrive, and where festivals and events bring the community together in celebration. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a first-time visitor, we invite you to discover the magic of Kingston, where the beauty of the past meets the warmth of Southern hospitality. 

Our History

Situated along the shores of beautiful Watts Bar Lake, Kingston overflows with nature’s beauty. Once a major steamboat hub on the Tennessee River, Kingston’s waterfront is now mainly used for recreational enjoyment. Kingston was founded in 1799 and is the second oldest city in Tennessee. It was the state capital for one day on September 21, 1807, and remains the county seat for Roane County. Located in the center of Kingston is one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in the state of Tennessee.

Our Community

At the heart of Kingston lies its vibrant community. With a population that embodies the values of friendship, generosity, and neighborly care, our city fosters connections that transcend generations. Whether gathering for local events, supporting small businesses, or volunteering for worthy causes, Kingstonians take pride in their community and work together to make it thrive.

Natural Beauty

Kingston boasts breathtaking views and outdoor recreational opportunities. From hiking trails and fishing spots to scenic drives and wildlife observation, nature enthusiasts will find endless ways to explore and appreciate the beauty of our surroundings.

Plan your visit

Whether you're a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, we invite you to experience all that Kingston has to offer. Explore our website to learn more about local businesses, upcoming events, and ways to get involved in our community. We look forward to welcoming you to Kingston, where the warmth of Southern hospitality awaits.