The Downtown Kingsport area represents a rich history, marking the beginning of Kingsport as it is known today. John Nolen, renowned town planner, designed Downtown Kingsport and its surroundings in the early 20th century. Downtown was the hub of activity for industries with residential areas strategically placed around it. Nolen called it his greatest accomplishment. The Downtown Heritage Trail is located in the Historic Train Station and Downtown Broad Street Districts and highlights much of the John Nolen plan. The trail has 25 points of interest, marked with signage and covers approximately 2 miles in distance. The beginning of the trail is where the former Gem Theater stood on Broad Street and the last stop is the former Keener building on Shelby Street.
For more information visit: http://downtownkingsport.org/heritage-trail/