the netherland inn story part 1

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the netherland inn story part 1 - The Netherlcmd Inn Story By MURIEL SPODEN Is...
The Netherlcmd Inn Story By MURIEL SPODEN Is Ihe present Netherland Inn the same structure that Andrew Jackson spent the night in or could he have stayed at another tavern located nearby, which has since been destroyed? There is no reason why Andrew Jackson would not have stayed at every tnn available. He was a resourceful man and would hang his hat wherever a vote might be attained. Captain Joesph Everett's stone house which was located immediately immediately east of the Netherland Inn was a tavern for some years and could easily have hosted Andrew Jackson. Was the original landing called King's Port located in front of the present site of the Netherland Inn? The King's Boat Yard was in Old Kingsport and is proven to have been located on the present Netherland Inn property. There seem to be a number of questions raised as to the validity of the research done over the past decade regarding the location of the Boat Yard in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Perhaps the matter needs clarification. The Christianville Boat Yard was located on property which had been part of the land grant and early plantation of Colonel Gilbert Christian. Christian. The property was inherited by Gilbert's wife and children who leased portions of it along the river front until the riverfront land from a large lot west of the Netherland Inn to Dry Hollow was laid off in lots and portions and formed the town of Christianville in 1802. The property was sold by Robert Christian, Christian, son of Gilbert, and the first lots were sold on November II, 1802, to William King of Saltville. The deed clearly states that the land was'purchased to build a Boat Yard. The deed states "with the privilege of boats laying along the Holston River bank and a landing also included three roads and a "stream path" . . . the two lots totaled totaled over three acres. King paid $60 for these two lots. One of the lots was the property on which the Netherland Inn is located and the other was adjacent to it on the west across Granby Road, formerly a Cross Road. This was the o n l y property owned by William King of Saltville. These two lots were sold at a Sheriff's sale in 1818 for a total of $1590.00. One lot was purchased by John Lynn and Company and the other by Richard Netherland. An ad for the sale of t h i s property was published in the Rogersville Gazette East Tennessee Tennessee Republican dated July 17, 1818 and reads as follows: "Three and a half acres land at Christianville Boat Yard elegant dwelling house on the same, w i t h a good kitchen, smoke house, and stable. Also on said land a good apple orchard of 40 or 50 bearing trees with a good warehouse on said land sufficient to contain four or five thousand barrels of salt . . . taken as the property of William King, deceased to satisfy a j u d g e m e n t Wr m. K i n g owned the Netherland Inn property. He owned no other property upstream from the N e t h e r l a n d Inn property and no evidence has been f o u n d w h i c h would indicate he owned any land downstream w i t h i n the bounds of Sullivan County. The Holston Riverfront properly from the western boundary of Chris- tianville (presently two lots west of the today's Granby Road) all the way to the confluence of the South and North Forks of the Holston and across the North Fork including all William King of Saitville purchased the Netherland Inn property in 1802 for the purpose purpose of building a boat yard. of the properly bordering the east and west banks of the North Fork of the Holston from its mouth up river for several miles, was owned in the late 1700's and until 1847 by David Ross of Virgina and his h e i r s , including F.A. Ross. F.A. Ross developed the riverfront land along the banks of the South Fork Holston into a town in 1818 which he named Rossville. The town did not reach the banks of the North Fork Holston however. David Ross's agents (one of whom was Thomas Hopkins) developed the North Fork of Holston's river banks, b u i l d i n g a trading post (or Agency), and Iron Forge, When F.A. Ross arrived in 1818, he developed the Rotherwood area into a large plantation, built a mill and blacksmilhery and many other improvements. (No mention has been found to date of a Boat Yard at the mouth of the North Fork Holston which he owned u n t i l 1847.) On A u g u s t 20, 1801 p r i o r to William King's purchase of Chris- tianville property which became his Christianville Boat Yard he placed in the Knoxville Gazette a long advertisement advertisement which states that he has a large q u a n t i t y of salt on hand and all who may have due bills or claims for salt on him were requested to get the salt on or before the 15th of October next; after this date he slates he will dispose of his salt at Saltville for cash or barter of 8 number of items which he enumerates; t h e n he ends as follows: "He wished to Contract for a quantity of flour barrels delivered at his Boat Yard on Main Holston Near the mouth of the north fork". It has been conjectured that King had been leasing the l a n d f r o m Robert C h r i s t i a n w h i c h h e purchased in 1802 as all of the river front land on the north banks of the Main Holston near the moulh of the North Fork was owned by either Gilbert Christian heirs or by David Ross, and he was forced to lease the Boat Yark land at this time unless he had leased land on the south banks of the Holston River which land was all owned by others t h a n William King at this time also. William King, of the S a l t v i l l e saltworks, did petition the Tennessee Tennessee Legislature on September 24, 1803 to erect a lock at the dam of David Ross Esq. on the North Fork of "Holstein River" near its junction w i t h the "main Holstein" -- he f u r t h e r petitioned thai the State declare the residue of the N o r t h Fork of Holstein "a Highway" which would enable "said petitioner and any other wishing to embark in the transportation of sale salt from the Holstein Sallworks" -- he f u r t h e r petitions that the Tennessee legislature legislature enact a law for preventing any f u r t h e r obstructions by dams or otherwise on the "North Fork of Holstein" in the State ol Tennessee . . . and that "the propritor (David Ross) of the present Dam should as speedily as your honor may t h i n k proper erect or cause to be erected a good and safe lock on said dam sufficient sufficient to admit the passage of loaded Boats from ten to t h i r t y f o u r Burthen say 75, or 80 by 15 feet with a free passage to Boats at all times through said lock." The State House of Representatives and the Senate read and refused this petition on October 3, 1803. However, it is possible possible t h a t freighting agents for the t r a n s p o r t a t i o n of salt down the North Fork gained e m b a n k m e n t rights at a later date. J ust before William King's death, he advertised in the K n o x v i l l e Gazette on June 7. 1808 as follows: "salt to be shipped as far as New Orleans from Ihe North Fork Boat Yard, 1 mile from Saltville: orChris- lianville Boat Yard for 15 shillings per 100 Ibs. weight." In the interim period between William King's death in 1808 and the purchase of the Christianville Estate of William King Property in 1818 (Ihe Netherland Inn and adjoining property west of today's G r a n b y Road), this property was managed by John Lynn, agent of William King until 1814; and between 1814 and 1817 it was leased and managed by George Hale, formerly employed ly W i l l i a m K i n g . These f a c t s a r e recorded in many places. From an old leather book belonging lo James Lynn (son of John Lynn, Sr.), James Lynn's son. Samuel E. l.ynn copied a short history of t h e J o h n L y n n family which slated thai upon John Lynn's i m m i g r a t a t i o n to Virginia from Ireland "he had found out and learned of the success of W i l l i a m King an acquaintance and f r i e n d from Ireland, who owned the Salt works in Washington Co., Va. he (Mr. King) employed him and moved him to what was known as the Boat Yard, to attend to receiving and forwarding Salt and to sell some goods. He arrived at the Boat Yard with his family in March, 1803 on the river bank a little below the Old Netherland House. He lived in the Warehouse until he built the house where Miss Sallie Gaines now lives" (1853). . . this house was known to Victor Patton who pointed out its location as on the west side of Granby Road and near the railroad track. In the fall of 1814 J o h n Lynn moved into a house that stood one house east of the corner lot of Shirley Street and Netherland Inn Road (he later moved to W a l n u Hill). At this time Lynn formed several p a r t n e r s h i p s in several business enterprises dealing with retail merchandising, freighting by wagon and boat, etc. So he lived on King's property a n d o p e r a t William King's Christainville Boat Yard from 1803 to 1814. One of his businesses, John Lynn and Company, Company, purchased Ihe property of Estate Estate of William King that was on the west side of today's Granby Road in 1818 at the Sheriff's Sale. Richard Netherland a t t h e same lime purchased the property of the Estate of William King on the east side of today's Granby Road upon which the Netherland Inn is located. Lreorge Hale wrote his memoirs which are owned by Winfield B. Hale in Rogersville, Tennessee, a descendant descendant of George Hale. George Hale states in his memoirs the following: lhat he worked for William K i n g one of his stores in Abingdon, Virginia Virginia in 1800. In 1804. George Halu was made an a c t i v e p a r t a n o t h e r of Mr. King's stores Kogersville. Due to Mr. King's untimely untimely d e a t h , "the old b u s i wound up badly for me" (George Hale). In 1814, he "accepted a partnership partnership in a Store at Boat Yard, now Kingsport." "My brother (P.S. Hale) assisted at Ihe store." "In the t h i r year of the business, my (George Hale) partners becoming needy of money sold me their interest and gave me the benefit of the freight Contract and I took in my brother as a p a r t n e r (P.S. Hale)." "The business went on smoothly for a w h i l e but a change in the arrangement of the Salt business deprived us of the carrying trade, with a heavy stock of Goods on hand and no profitable Market for them. My f a m i l y became sickly a n concluded to leave the river and return return lo my farm (in Hawkins Co.) l e a v i n g t h e b u s i n e s direction of my Brother". George Hale never returned to Kingsport as a resident. "We (George Hale and his hrothcr, P.S. Hale) sold out" -deed -deed records show they sold the store toDaniol Rogan in 1820 but P.S. Hale remained operating other business enterprises i n t h e C h r i s t i Boat Yark for a few years. It is not surprising that the Hale, Henderson, and Beaty B o a t y a records did not mention the Notherlancl Inn, for the Hale, Henderson, Henderson, and Beaty partnership was dissolved in 1817 and R i c h a r d Nclherlanri did not establish the building as a Netherland Inn u n t i 1818 (he purchased the properly in 1818). 77n's is the first part of a tiro /inrt scries dealing with the history history of the Nellterland Inn. Muriel Spoilen is chairman of the Sullivan County Bicentennial Cnmmission. Page 4 Times-News Weekender,.November 30, 1975

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  1. Kingsport Times-News,
  2. 29 Nov 1975, Sat,
  3. Page 16

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