Adams in Robertson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Town of Port Royal
Port Royal State Historic Park
Inscription under the photo in the lower left)
In 1799 Port Royal was established as a tobacco inspection point and in 1802 a post office was opened---the only one in the area for several years. Flatboats were built here annually to ship tobacco to New Orleans and other ports.
This is the Masonic lodge and general store built in 1858. This building still stands as the park headquarters and is the only remaining building from the town.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower center)
Port Royal’s commerce was due to a major stagecoach route crossing here at the Red River. Additionally, Sulphur Fork joins the Red River at Port Royal. The two streams coming together at the road crossing made Port Royal the center of commerce for much of northern middle Tennessee and south-central Kentucky. This map was made
(Inscription to the left of the Town Plat photo in the upper right)
This is the plat of Port Royal as layed out in 1797. There were 36 half-acre lots. The road that would become the stagecoach route is called Spring Alley. You are standing at the top of Lot number 24.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
The stagecoach route was called the Great Western Road. It came through Port Royal in the early 19th century, however the road itself is likely hundreds of years older. By the 1840s it was the main route out of Nashville to the west. Port Royal’s location on the route lended itself to having many stagecoach inns and hotels. This particular one was built before 1836.
Erected by Tennessee State Parks.
Location. 36° 33.233′ N, 87° 8.55′ W. Marker is in Adams, Tennessee, in Robertson County. Marker is on Old Clarksville Springfield Road west of Port Royal Road (SR238), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Adams TN 37010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1859 Masonic Lodge & General Store (within shouting distance of Stores of Port Royal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port Royal (approx. 1.1 miles away); Renfroe's Station (approx. 3.3 miles away); Red River Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bell Witch (approx. 4.9 miles away); Fort Redmond (approx. 4.9 miles away); Willie Blount (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Adams.
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