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Tennessee Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 7, 2023

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Tennessee ranks eighth among states and provinces with markers in this database. Tennessee is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the East South Central region. Tennessee is some 42 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 6.8 million people. The state is divided into 95 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Tennessee we have discovered historical markers in 453 cities and towns lying in 488 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 6,549 historical markers in Tennessee, by our count. We have cataloged 6,533 historical markers and 447 war memorials—each individually presented on 6,861 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.5% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 16 historical markers in Tennessee that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Tennessee marker in the database, Graceland, was added March 6, 2006. It was photographed in Memphis in Shelby County. The last one added was submitted on February 5, 2023, and titled Reinforcing Chattanooga. It is in Red Bank in Hamilton County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, one of the earliest historical markers we know of in Tennessee was erected in 1849. More than one was erected that year. This one of them: Mexican War Monument, and one of our correspondents found it in Lawrenceburg in Lawrence County on March 16, 2012.

Tennessee Historical Topics
2,589 • Civil War
886 • Settlements and Settlers
838 • Industry and Commerce
690 • African Americans
559 • Education
509 • Churches and Religion
396 • Architecture
384 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
330 • Arts, Letters, Music
318 • Native Americans
    ... and others ...

Tennesseans don’t want to forget their Civil War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Tennessee about the Civil War—2,589 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 886 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War topic was Free Hill Road, added September 9, 2007. It had been erected in Hendersonville in Sumner County. The last one submitted also was submitted on February 5, 2023, and titled Reinforcing Chattanooga. It had been erected in Red Bank in Hamilton County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War topic that we have listed was erected in 1869. It is Unknown Confederate Dead Monument, found in Union City in Obion County on September 10, 2020.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Tennessee? What we know is that Geographic Center of Tennessee is the most viewed entry in the database from Tennessee since it was added in 2009. It is located in Murfreesboro in Rutherford County. This year so far, the most viewed Tennessean entry is located in Celina in Clay County. It is Dumas Walker's Store.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Tennessee county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Davidson County, with 1150 of them. It is followed by Hardin County with 613 markers. The Nashville area of Davidson County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 1047. In Hardin County the area with the most markers, 595, is Shiloh.

Historical Markers in These
Tennessee Counties
1,150 • Davidson County
613 • Hardin County
603 • Hamilton County
464 • Shelby County
405 • Williamson County
225 • Rutherford County
208 • Knox County
124 • Maury County
114 • Sumner County
107 • Sevier County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Tennessee with the most markers we again find Nashville at the top of the list with 1047 markers in or near it. And Shiloh also shows up again in next place, with 596 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 38376 at the top of the list with 595 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 38376 is assigned to Shiloh TN.) It is followed by ZIP Code 37219 with 285 markers. (37219 is assigned to Nashville TN including the Nashvle delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
Tennessee Cities and Towns
1,047 • Nashville
596 • Shiloh
490 • Chattanooga
370 • Memphis
299 • Franklin
194 • Murfreesboro
170 • Knoxville
92 • Clarksville
85 • Winchester
84 • Dover
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Davidson County, the first marker added to the database from there, Davidson County / Sumner County, was added September 9, 2007. near Hendersonville. The last one submitted was uploaded on February 5, 2023, and is titled Battle of Nashville / Peach Orchard Hill, in Nashville. The earliest marker erected in Davidson County that we have listed was erected in 1849. It was Tomb of James Knox Polk, found in Nashville on July 16, 2015.

Latest entry from Tennessee. Click to go there
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 4, 2023
Latest Entry from Tennessee
“Reinforcing Chattanooga”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Shiloh. The first: Shiloh United Methodist Church, was added April 3, 2008. It had been erected in 1978. The last: U.S. Fourth Division, Army of the Tennessee. added on May 30, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1902: 77th Pennsylvania Infantry, added on December 14, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Tennessee Historical Commission is currently in charge of the familiar silver and black official historical markers found all over the state. We have 1,483 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Tennessee. Click to go there
By Julie Santee, October 2016
A Tennessee Historical Commission Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Tennessee have been marked with history. Check out Sequatchie County, Pickett County and Hancock County. We've only found, respectively, 5, 3, and 2 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Tennessee might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 7, 2023