Tennessee Printers, 1791-1945: A Review of Printing History from Roulstone's First Press to Printers of the Present

Tennessee Printers, 1791-1945: A Review of Printing History from Roulstone's First Press to Printers of the Present

Tennessee Printers, 1791-1945: A Review of Printing History from Roulstone's First Press to Printers of the Present

Tennessee Printers, 1791-1945: A Review of Printing History from Roulstone's First Press to Printers of the Present

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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' backs, 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 flat boat and floated it down to Rogersville, where he set it up again and started printing the Knoxville Gazette , the first piece of printing ever attempted in Tennessee.

In crossing the valley to reach the river he passed over, or within a few yards of the spot where the Kingsport Press, the largest book producing plant in the world, is now operating. And when he finally got to Rogersville and started his primitive hand press in a little cabin, he was within half a dozen miles of the site of the Pressmen's Home, which is a town in itself, created for the benefit of printing pressmen and their profession; consisting of a technical trade school for the training of printers in advanced printing methods, a correspondence school for apprentices, a hotel, a tuberculosis hospital, a home for aged printers--altogether an immense enterprise, the only institution of its kind on earth.

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