This fort is the only frontier blockhouse remaining on its original site in Tennessee. Built by James Swaggerty in 1787, it served as both shelter for travelers and protection from Native Americans. Located on land of his Uncle Abraham Swaggerty, it consists of three levels. The cantilevered structure was built over a stream which provided a water supply.
The Fort was rebuilt upon the original foundation about 1860, almost 80 years after its original construction by the Swagerty family. It is a peaceful site today, located six miles north of the French Broad River along scenic route 321 to Greeneville, Tennessee. In 1783, at the time Frederick Swagerty brought his family from Pennsylvania to settle along Clear Creek, the area was a treacherous frontier wilderness in the over-mountain country of North Carolina.
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