AAA Editor Notes
Fort Southwest Point is at 1226 S. Kentucky St. The site of this former frontier outpost overlooks the confluence of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers. Built in 1797, the fort played an important role in the protection of the frontier and served as an Indian Agency headquarters.
Restoration of the fort buildings on their original foundations is ongoing. To date, visitors can see a blockhouse, a barracks, a blacksmith shop, a Cherokee cabin, Old Guard Chapel, a quartermaster and supply building, a replica 18th-century cannon and 250 feet of palisades while enjoying views from the bluff. The self-guiding tour departs from the visitor center, which features exhibits of artifacts excavated from the site, reproductions of period costumes, weapons, pottery, an arrowhead collection and a model of the fort.
Guided tours are available by appointment.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.