“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Carson - Newman College

Carson-Newman College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, February 27, 2010
1. Carson-Newman College Marker
Inscription. 1/2 mi. Following organizational meetings in 1849, this was chartered as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851. It closed 1861-65, its buildings being occupied and badly damaged by Federal troops in that period. Resuming operation in 1866, its name was changed to Carson College in honor of a benefactor. Uniting with Newman College, a female institution, it has had its present name since 1889.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1C42.)
Location. 36° 6.917′ N, 83° 29.576′ W. Marker is in Jefferson City, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Russel Avenue and Andrew Johnson Highway (Tennessee Highway 11E), on the right when traveling north on Russel Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jefferson City TN 37760, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Mossy Creek (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mossy Creek Engagement (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cox Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (approx. 3.4 miles away); Frances Hodgson Burnett (approx. 4.1 miles away); David Crockett and Polly Finley (approx. 5.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Dandridge (approx. 7.7 miles away); Welcome to the Overlook at Panther Creek State Park (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jefferson City.
Regarding Carson - Newman College. Established as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851, the school began by holding classes in a local Baptist church. Within a few years the institution became Mossy Creek Baptist College and occupied its own buildings on the site of the present campus.
In 1880, the college was named Carson College for James Harvey Carson (1801-1880), who left $15,000 of his estate to the school. For several years it existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women named for William Cate Newman, who had donated money to the women's college. In 1889, the two colleges merged and became one of the first coeducational institutions in the South.
Categories. Antebellum South, USEducation
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 92 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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