Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle Originally Planned as Civic Circle

Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle Originally Planned as Civic Circle

Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle Almost Was a Civic Circle

Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle is a historical attraction and urban design classes actually visit Church Circle.
Kingsport Tennessee Church Circle almost was a civic circle instead. City planner John Nolan planned for a civic circle, but city father, J Fred Johnson envisioned a church circle instead.


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.


Trease L Carpenter

Trease is a freelance writer, who hangs her hat in Kingsport, TN. Her writing niche covers local events, food and travel-related articles. Travel, lifestyle and community show the story. If you want rich content with the real story, Trease is your writer/storyteller/photographer. Check out her other Southern Fried blogs. Trease also wrote the Thursday edition of the "Across the Fence" column for the Kingsport Times-News from May 10, 2010 - August 28, 2015. She is big on local tourism and anything related to travel... including all things local like the food, eateries, shops and events. So, go for the local historic flavoring, along with the varied lodging and the picture-perfect scenery . Trease also writes on writing... wordsmith crafting on another blog. Southern Fried Travel, Southern Fried tlc and the Southern Fried Scribe blogs showcase Trease's writing. So head on over and check out all the cool stuff.
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