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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Berry’s Chapel Stone Wall / Berry's Chapel Community

 
 
Berry’s Chapel Stone Wall side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Darren Jefferson Clay, March 21, 2020
1. Berry’s Chapel Stone Wall side of the marker
Inscription.  
Berry's Chapel Stone Wall. In the early 20th century, miles of limestone fences lined both sides of Hillsboro, Franklin and Columbia Pikes. Our predecessors placed a high value on their stonewalls. The good ones were referred to as "hog deep and horse high." These original walls were likely built by African American laborers and Scotch-Irish immigrants who helped settle this once-thriving agricultural community. In 2008, this section of historic limestone wall that once served as the entrance to the Berry Hamilton farm was rebuilt. Using rock from the original, demolished fence and traditional construction methods, this wall stands as a testament to the distinctive beauty of our dry stone heritage.

Berry's Chapel Community. Legends Ridge began in 1995 on land owned successively by Bazel Berry, Berry Hamilton, and Matt Dobson. Other early area families included the Perkins, Campbells, Gatlins, Gardners, Hoskins, Stanleys, and Whitfields. Subdivision development in the vicinity began in the 1960s with the Grassland Estates and Meadowgreen. Berry's Chapel Church of Christ began meeting in a one-room school in 1880. Parman
Berry’s Chapel Community side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Darren Jefferson Clay, March 21, 2020
2. Berry’s Chapel Community side of the marker
School, located at the intersection of Spencer Creek Road and Hillsboro Road, closed tin 1946. Walnut Grove School now serves the community. The New Road, now Hillsboro Road, was built in 1939 from Five Points in Franklin through the community. Lynnwood Way, in 2001, opened new access to the Cool Springs area.
 
Erected 2008 by Williamson County Historical Society, courtesy of Legends Ridge Homeowners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureAnimalsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 35° 58.742′ N, 86° 53.295′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Berrys Chapel Road and Hillsboro Road (U.S. 431), on the left when traveling south on South Berrys Chapel Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1777 S Berrys Chapel Rd, Franklin TN 37069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ (within shouting distance of this marker); Leigh-Morgan Property at Grassland (approx. 1.3 miles away); Montpier (approx. 1.9 miles away); Meeting of the Waters (approx. 1.9 miles away); Forest Home (approx. 2.2 miles away); Natchez Trace Road
Berry’s Chapel Stone Wall / Berry's Chapel Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Darren Jefferson Clay, January 1, 2021
3. Berry’s Chapel Stone Wall / Berry's Chapel Community Marker
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Grassland Community (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Montpier (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia.   3. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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