Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle Almost Was a Civic Circle
Church Circle was originally planned in 1919 as Kingsport’s Civic Circle by the city planner John Nolan. But J Fred Johnson, one of the leading town fathers, had other ideas. He wanted a Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle instead. So, three churches ended up purchasing the land on the circle and built their churches there. Four different streets “spoke” into the circle much like a wagon wheel. Urban Design classes even have come to study this unique design. It’s a proud landmark with a great piece of history as a part of Kingsport’s legacy. It’s also a pretty place to stroll. At Christmas you can also view the life-size Nativity Scene.
The Kingsport Library, shops and eateries are also nearby on Broad street, one of the “spokes” of Church Circle. Residential neighborhoods also border Church Circle. Come see the history of Kingsport. Check out the one-of-a-kind Church Circle.