Rogersville is the second-oldest town in Tennessee and much of it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The state's oldest courthouse, first newspaper (The Knoxville Gazette published in 1791), first post office, and oldest continuously operated inn are located in Rogersville. The community was originally settled in 1775 by the grandparents of Davy Crockett; then officially established by Irish-born Joseph Rogers. With the help of other local settlers, Rogers laid out a plan for the town that included a public square. It was officially chartered in 1789. Known as the cradle of Tennessee journalism, the town's printing heritage is chronicled in its Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum located in the historic Southern Railway depot.

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