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{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

There have been several planned towns or cities that no longer exist. One of those was Bushtown, a town developed for former slaves in Kingston. During the Civil War, many of the farms in Roane County became in disarray, and there were very few jobs left on the farms. Many former slaves moved to the cities. Several moved to Kingston, and a separate town on the outskirts of Kingston was created. This became known as Bushtown. It is not known how the name came to be. Streets were laid out, and lots were sold. One lot was set aside for a church, which may be Braxton Chapel AME Church today. The original plat shows that it was made in August 1866. It is not known when Bushtown ceased as a town, but the name still exists in deeds in that area.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, October 2017.