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Welcome to Bulls Gap

In 1792 John Bull, a gunsmith from Pennsylvania, received a North Carolina land grant for 55 acres of land on Bays Mountain. Bull settled in the area and operated a trading post and stage line through the natural passageway which became known as Bulls Gap.

In 1857 the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad began construction of a rail line from Bristol to Knoxville which made use of the gap. During the Civil War the gap and rail line were important to armies on both sides.

In the early 1900s the rail lines serving Bulls Gap became part of the Southern Railway System and developed into a major railroad hub.

Country entertainer Archie Campbell, star of the television show “Hee Haw,” was the town’s most famous native son. A museum containing memorabilia from his career, samples of his are work, and a replica of his childhood home located beside town hall. Although plans are to relocated that museum to the former Gilley’s Hotel.

Board of Mayor and Alderman meets on the third Monday of Each month at 7 p.m. All meeting are held at town hall unless otherwise noted.

  • Mayor – Mike Solomon
  • Alderman – Susan Williams
  • Alderman – Jimmy Sexton
  • Alderman – Martha Snelson
  • Vice-Mayor  – Charles Johnson

Bulls Gap Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

Utilities:

  • Holston Electric: (423) 272-8821
  • Hawkins Co. Gas Utility: (423) 272-8841
  • Russellville/Whitesburg Utility District (water) – 5935 East Andrew Johnson Highway Russellville, TN 37860 (423) 586-2232
 

Meeting Info

The regular meeting of Bulls Gap's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is held the third Monday of every month at 6:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap.  The public is invited to attend.

The regular meeting of the Bulls Gap Regional Planning Commission is held the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap. The public is invited to attend.

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Bulls Gap Events

December 2nd – Christmas Parade
 
Archie Campbell Days – Every Labor Day Weekend - - The citizens of Bulls Gap celebrate their most famous son, the comedian from CBS's variety-comedy show Hee-Haw, with this street festival in downtown Olde Bulls Gap on Labor Day Weekend. Vendors, live music, and much more. Off of Highway 11E on South Main Street. All day, Saturday thru Monday, free event.

Bulls Gap Utilities

  • Holston Electric: (423) 272-8821
  • Hawkins Co. Gas Utility: (423) 272-8841
  • Water - Russellville/Whitesburg Utility District
  • 5935 East Andrew Johnson Highway
    Russellville, TN 37860 (423) 586-2232

Bulls Gap Restaurants

Yoder’s Country Market - This Amish store has breads, meats, jams, sandwichs, salads or try the “meat and three.
273 Highway 11E
423-235-9400

Morelia Mexican Grill
401 Highway 11 E
(423) 235-6844

Dairy Dream
273 Highway 11 E
423-235-6975

Sandy’s Diner
401 Highway 11 E
423-235-7009

Bulls Gap Drug Grille
412 Highway 11 W
423-235-4600

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