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Johnson City in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Williams-Taylor House

 
 
Williams-Taylor House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 10, 2020
1. Williams-Taylor House Marker
Inscription.  The Edmund Williams family, pioneers of the area. owned the original log cabin at this site. Owner Joshua Williams (1808-1895) enlarged the house and in 1866 gave land for Buffalo Institute. Now Milligan College, it was established by Col. W. G. Baker, who died here in 1905. In 1908, the house was purchased by former Congressman Alfred A. Taylor (1848-1931), known for “Tennessee's War of the Roses” and governor from 1921 to 1923. It was the long time home of U. S. District Judge Robert L. Taylor (1899-1987), who in 1956 ordered the racial desegregation of Clinton High School.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 116.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsEducationGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 17.806′ N, 82° 17.816′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Tennessee, in
Williams-Taylor House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 10, 2020
2. Williams-Taylor House Marker
Carter County. Marker is on Governor Alf Taylor Road east of Country Garden Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 Governor Alf Taylor Road, Johnson City TN 37601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milligan College (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Court of Washington County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Powder Branch (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tennessee Early History Monument (approx. 2 miles away); Andre Michaux (approx. 2 miles away); Tipton-Haynes Historic Site (approx. 2 miles away); Landon Carter Haynes (approx. 2 miles away); First English-Speaking Visitors (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
 
Regarding Williams-Taylor House. The house now serves as a hospitality and reception venue for Milligan College.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Phillips/Taylor House could tell political stories. From the Johnson City Press. Published Oct. 9, 2018. (Submitted on October 13, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Gov. Alfred Alexander Taylor image. Click for full size.
By E. Calvert, 1923
3. Gov. Alfred Alexander Taylor
Painted portrait in oval frame. Courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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