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Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Planters Bank

130 E. Washington Ave.

 
 
Planters Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, July 17, 2021
1. Planters Bank Marker
Inscription.  
In 1836 contractors Samuel Cleage and Thomas Crutchfield were engaged to construct the Planters Bank on this site. Many skilled craftsmen, including African-American slaves, worked for them. Cleage's son David later served as cashier. When the bank closed c. 1865, David Cleage bought the house and lived there until his death. It was occupied by the family until his widowed son-in-law C.A. Beard purchased the house in 1916.

In 1950-52 the house was taken down and moved to Woodward Avenue. The current building was built for J.C. Penney which opened in 1956.
 
Erected by Main Street Athens Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
 
Location. 35° 26.597′ N, 84° 35.542′ W. Marker is in Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is on East Washington Avenue (Tennessee Route 39) just west of Long Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 E Washington Ave, Athens TN 37303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance

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Planters Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, July 17, 2021
2. Planters Bank Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 17, 2024