Events at The Netherland Inn

The Inn and other buildings are open to the public free of charge Saturdays and Sundays, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., May through October, with the last tour beginning at 3:30. Knowledgeable guides tell the many stories of King’s Boatyard and the Netherland family. Paid group tours are available weekdays by appointment, and special events occur throughout the year.

Netherland Inn Opening Day  –  May 4, 2019

After a long, cold winter, the 213 year-old Netherland Inn will once again open its doors on May 4, for the 2019 season with tours of the historic Inn and Pioneer Transportation Museum.  Hours are 10am-4 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Built in the early 1800’s, Netherland Inn is the only nationally registered historic site to have served as both a boat yard and a stagecoach stop.  It is considered a Gateway to the West and is the birthplace of the City of Kingsport.  In its years as a stagecoach stop, the Inn has hosted such notable guests as Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk.

Netherland Inn is located at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport. Parking is available behind the Inn and on Lilac Street just off Netherland Inn Rd.  For more information please call 246-1104, 245-5549, or 948-0361.

2019 Events at the Netherland Inn Include:

Tea at the Inn
June 21 & 22
(email: for info and reservations)

Fun Fest Open House at the Inn
July 13 (12noon – 4pm)

Lo’ Country Boil
Kingsport Farmers Market
August 10 (6pm – 10pm)
Tickets required (Adults only)
(423) 677-1640 or (423) 677-3263 for info

1818 Christmas at the Netherland Inn

Kingsport’s venerable historic site, the Netherland Inn, will celebrate the Christmas holidays in traditions that date as far back as the 1820’s when Richard and Margaret Netherland hosted friends and family for a lavish party complete with beautiful decorations, good food, and lively music.  1818 Christmas at the Inn open house will take place Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Nina Ketron  Plus Two will perform on Friday night; Poplar Hill Reunion Band will be featured on Saturday night; and the Ben Ellis Band will play on Sunday afternoon.  Friday and Saturday nights Civil War re-enactors from the John S. Mosby Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will portray living history characters from the area and will interact with guests as they tell about the area’s part in the war including the Battle of Kingsport.  Dick and Jill Burdette will arrive in character as Richard and Margaret Netherland along with their friends Bill and Charlotte Pettis of Rogersville.

Local artist Robin Hillman will have her work available for sale in the schoolhouse cabin.  Some of Robin’s offerings are painted on wood from the flatboat, “The Charlotte”.  Vicki Pinto will be in the Boone Cabin with her Tennessee art work for sale.

Make plans now to attend this celebration to enjoy the beautiful period natural decorations designed and provided by Kingsport garden clubs and Inn volunteers, to partake of delicious food, and to hear seasonal music.  Visit with living history characters from Kingsport’s past.  All proceeds from this event go toward maintenance and restoration of the Netherland Inn and Boatyard Complex as well as toward adding to the historic campus.  In addition to being the birthplace of Kingsport, the Netherland Inn is the only site on the National Register of Historic Places to have been both a boatyard and a stagecoach stop.

For more information please call 423-677-3263 or visit our website at