Near Bighill in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Merritt Jones/Wayside Tavern / Jones Tavern/CSA Cemetery
A log tavern down this lane was by 1830s an overnight stop on the Old State Road from Cumberland Gap to Lexington. The older half of building dates back to ca. 1800. During Civil War, Jones Tavern was alternately held by Confederate and Union forces. In Jan. 1864, Gen. U.S. Grant and staff stayed overnight on their way from east Tennessee to Lexington. Over.
(Back): During the Battle of Richmond, Aug. 29-30, 1862, this building was a Confederate field hospital for men wounded while fighting father north near Mt Zion Church. Thirteen who died here, including a boy soldier only fifteen years old, are buried in a small cemetery in the woods above the house. See over.
Erected 1992 by Kentucky Historical Society / Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1905.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 32.213′ N, 84° 12.88′ W. Marker is near Bighill, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is on McKee Road (U.S. 421) 1.3 miles south of Big Hill Road (State Road 21), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berea KY 40403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Confederate Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Action (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Starns' Defeat (approx. 3 miles away); Church of Christ, Union (approx. 4.7 miles away); For Mountain Youth (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Battle of Richmond Knocked at Berea's Door (approx. 5 miles away); Encampment at Bobtown / Engagment at Bobtown / Advance to Kingston (approx. 5½ miles away); Richmond-Prelude/ Richmond Battle (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bighill.
Regarding Merritt Jones/Wayside Tavern / Jones Tavern/CSA Cemetery. The tavern location and cemetery can only be reached by foot. Limited parking is available at the base of the hill approximately 0.1 miles from the marker. Both locations are stops on the Kentucky's Civil War Heritage Trail (Battle of Richmond) and there are directional signs. Take appropriate precautions when visiting these sites. Visit the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center for additional information.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
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