Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
—Department of Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University
The 1886 Tennessee gubernatorial campaign is one of the most memorable in state history as two brothers ran against each other. Alfred A. Taylor, a Republican, faced off against Robert L. Taylor, a Democrat. The Taylors, who grew up in Happy Valley, were great-grandsons of General Nathaniel and Mary Taylor of Sabine Hill. Newspapers dubbed the campaign "The War of the Roses," a reference to the contest between the rival houses of York and Lancaster in fifteenth-century England. Both brothers were excellent storytellers and fiddlers, which made for a lively campaign. Despite the "war" metaphor, the race was good natured. Although Bob Taylor won, brother Alf eventually won the governorship himself, in 1920.
• Sabine Hill façade (ETSU Dept. of Appalachian Studies)
• Sabine Hill rear view, showing the detached kitchen. (ETSU Dept. of Appalachian Studies)
Erected by East Tennessee State University; The Tweetsie Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 36° 19.645′ N, 82° 16.187′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Sabine Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration of Sabine Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Taylor Family (about 300 feet away); Uncovering the Past (about 300 feet away); Buffalo Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Watauga Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monument to the Patriots (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mary Patton's Powder Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethton.
Regarding Sabine Hill. National Register of Historic Places #73001755.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Sabine Hill State Historic Site
Also see . . .
1. Sabine Hill (Wikipedia). Sabine Hill is also known as Happy Valley, Watauga Point, and the General Nathaniel Taylor House. Taylor had been one of the earliest settlers in Elizabethton, having arrived as a boy around 1780 when his (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. War of the Roses. Myths surround the campaign. The brothers were humorous storytellers and fiddlers, but the notion that the brothers fiddled from the platform probably came from an illustration in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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