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

Allan Gipson


Allan Gipson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Marsteller
1. Allan Gipson Marker
Closeup of relocated marker.
Inscription.  Allan Gipson, a pioneer settler of Franklin County (1814), was a merchant, planter, and original benefactor to the University of the South. He dedicated a large tract to the Sewanee Domain. Gipson served as a private in the Tennessee Mounted Infantry during the Indian Removal. His son Andrew lived here at Gipson's Switch, farming, mining, and servicing the coal trains. Gipson's Switch is where the University of the South trustees detrained in 1857.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2E 66.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
Location. 35° 12.673′ N, 85° 53.55′ W. Marker is in St. Andrews, Tennessee, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 156 and Pinetree Rd. (County Highway 156), on the right when traveling north on Highway 156. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sewanee TN 37375, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Allan Gipson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Marsteller
2. Allan Gipson Marker
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3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University of the South (approx. 1.4 miles away); Edmund Kirby Smith (approx. 1½ miles away); Rebel's Rest (approx. 1.7 miles away); Saints Rest (approx. 1.8 miles away); Desegregation of Franklin County Public Schools (approx. 1.8 miles away); Army of Tennessee (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tullahoma Campaign (approx. 2.8 miles away); Struggling Through the Mountains (approx. 2.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Surrounded by a chainlink fence to keep vandals from taking the marker (there are MANY descendants in the area).
Regarding Allan Gipson. An important figure in the founding of the University of the South (he is buried on the school grounds), he also has a street named after him on the University grounds.
Allen Gipson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lisa Wasser, 2009
3. Allen Gipson Marker
Marker behind fencing in 2009. It appears to have been refurbished since that time.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2018. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on April 8, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022