Sullivan County was founded in 1779. It was named
in honor of Maj. Gen. John Sullivan, a distinguished officer in Revolutionary War.
He was a member of Continental Congress 1774-1775
and 1780-1781. He was attorney general of New Hampshire 1782-1786, President of New Hampshire, 1786-1787.
The county seat of Sullivan county is Blountville, with a population of 317. Other towns are Bristol, Paperville, Piney
Flats, Union, Kendrick and Fordtown. The county is watered by the Holston and its tributaries, which furnish plenty of water power. The East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad passes through the country. Bristol, which is
on the Virginia line, is a point of considerable manufacturing and other business. The surface of the county
is beautifully undulating and the soil good. The staples of the county are corn, wheat, oats, sorghum, buckwheat, grass and clover. Much attention is given to stock raising. The educational facilities of the county are good, and it has the usual religious denominations. Iron ore of good quality is abundant, and some progress has been made in mining.