Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum

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In the year 1791, George Roulstone, the first printer to enter the State of Tennessee, took his press apart in Fayetteville, North Carolina, packed it on horses’ back or in wagons and trekked over the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Holston Valley where Kingsport now stands. There, on the banks of the Holston River at James King’s Boat Yard, he loaded it on a flatboat and floated it down to Rogersville where he set it up and started printing the Knoxville Gazette, the first piece of printing ever attempted in Tennessee.

In crossing over he valley to reach the river, Roulstone passed over the spot where the Kingsport Press, once the largest book producing plant in the world, would one day operate. And when he finally got to Rogersville and started his hand press, he was within fifteen miles of the future site of Pressman’s Home, the home of the International Pressman and Assistants’ Union in the early 20th century.

Roulstone and his partner, Robert Ferguson, published the first issue of the Knoxville Gazette on November 5, 1791. Roulstone remained in Rogersville until October 1792.

A replica of Roulstone’s 1791 newspaper, printed on his press, is on display at the Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum. Also on exhibit are the contents of three other print shops from our area, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All the peripheral equipment a print shop would have are also exhibited-a large paper cutter, type cabinets, worktables, wire stitches, proof press and more.

A centerpiece of the exhibit is the last linotype machine to be used to set type for a newspaper in Tennessee. It came from the Rogersville Review, where it was used until 1982.

Also on exhibit are many newspapers from Rogersville’s history, some of them original copies and some photocopies. The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:OO p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Please call, if possible, before you come to ensure that someone will be in the office.

415 South Depot Street
Rogersville, TN 37857
423-272-1961

Community Response to Covid-19

When you’re ready to travel, we look forward to welcoming you with Tennessee’s famous, warm hospitality.

Health and safety is our No. 1 priority for Tennesseans and visitors alike. Many businesses – including restaurants, retail and most  attractions – are now open with safety measures in place to protect guests. For more information on the safety precautions businesses are encouraged to follow, please visit TNpledge.com.

There are currently no travel restrictions in Tennessee; however, there are health and safety practices everyone should  follow including: stay home when feeling ill, sanitize hands frequently, practice social distancing and wear a face mask. Please be aware that some cities and counties require face masks be worn in public.

Creating a Comfortable & Safe Experience in Our Businesses

Published Monday, October 5

Our number one priority continues to be the health and well-being of our patrons, employees, and the communities we serve.

As we navigate this unprecedented time together, we wanted to update you on the procedures we are implementing as we begin to safely reopen our businesses.

Incorporating the guidance of  local governments, and industry trade associations, our new procedures include:

  • • Health Checks: Our store associates are required to conduct health checks before every shift and must stay home if they are feeling unwell.
  • • Employee Training: All store associates will take training courses dedicated to COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • • Social Distancing: Our associates and guests must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.
  • • Cleaning & Disinfecting: High-touch surfaces will be disinfected after every use, and we will continue to conduct additional cleanings and provide hand sanitizer in all of our stores.
  • • Face Coverings: For everyone’s health and safety, face coverings are required for our employees and customers.

In select businesses, they are offering contactless shopping options, including virtual shopping services and curbside pickup.

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By prioritizing safety, we are hopeful that together we can all make a difference.

Thank you for your loyalty, patience, and love of our community

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