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Baileyton in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Baileyton / Oakland Seminary

 
 
Baileyton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 11, 2020
1. Baileyton Marker
Inscription.  
Baileyton
Originally settled around 1780 and known as Laurel Gap, this small community was renamed Baileyton in 1892 and incorporated in 1915. This busy crossroads village had many general stores, smith shops, drug stands, saw and planing mills, saddle and harness shops, a flouring mill, tannery, shoe and boot factory, creamery, Masonic lodge, silent movie theatre and circus grounds. The first institution of higher learning in northern Greene County, Oakland Seminary, was chartered here in 1883.

Oakland Seminary
The seminary consisted of a two-story schoolhouse, dormitories, and a 1500-seat auditorium. Affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, It was an “Inter-denominational, non-partisan, co-educational academy”. To comply with County High School Law, the seminary consolidated with the County High School Board about 1913. Baileyton High School took over the property about 1917, utilizing the old grounds and buildings before a new high school was built on this site between 1938 and 1940.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission
Oakland Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 11, 2020
2. Oakland Seminary Marker
. (Marker Number 1C 92.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 19.987′ N, 82° 50.315′ W. Marker is in Baileyton, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is on Horton Highway 0.1 miles south of Shadow Wood Park, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6535 Horton Highway, Greeneville TN 37745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Brick Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Historic Roaring Spring (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cabin of Three States (approx. 6.6 miles away); Carter's Station (approx. 7˝ miles away); The Battle of Big Creek (approx. 8.7 miles away); Fighting in Hawkins County (approx. 9.4 miles away); Mitchell's Hollow (approx. 9.6 miles away); Amis House (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Baileyton / Oakland Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 11, 2020
3. Baileyton / Oakland Seminary Marker
Baileyton Elementary School is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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