“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Castalian Springs in Sumner County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)


Rogana Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
1. Rogana Marker
Hugh Rogan was born in 1747 in Glentourn, County Donegal, Ireland. In adulthood, Rogan served under the patriot of Gratton and when his chief's Cause failed, he fled to America in 1775 fearing arrest by the British. After a short time spent in the Philadelphia area, he drifted to a settlement on the Yadkin in North Carolina where he kept a store and practiced his weaving trade. Rogan came to the Cumberland Valley in early 1779, as a guard for the survey team led by D. Thomas Walker and Daniel Smith who were marking the lines between North Carolina and Virginia. In December, 1779 he joined the Donelson flotilla and arrived at the French Lick (present day Nashville) in April 1780, joining the James Robertson party who had arrived in December to build cabins and clear land for a permanent settlement.

In 1784 he sold the land in Nashville in exchange for a sum of money and a farm on Bledsoe Creek in Sumner County. He joined the 1787 Coldwater Expedition led by James Robertson to Alabama with other Middle Tennesseans against renegade Cherokees and Creeks who were terrorizing the Cumberland settlements. In 1794 he took part in the
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attacks on Nickajack and Running Water towns located near Lookout Mountain which substantially ended the Indian wars in Middle Tennessee.

In 1796 after Tennessee gained statehood and the Indian wars were over, he journeyed back to Ireland and brought his wife and son to Sumner County where he had built his two room stone house, "Rogana" on Bledsoe Creek, east of present day Galatin. It was the Mass Station for Catholics for more than 50 years. The house was moved in 1998 to its present location in Bledsoe's Fort Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitecturePatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian.
Location. 36° 23.896′ N, 86° 19.26′ W. Marker is in Castalian Springs, Tennessee, in Sumner County. Marker can be reached from Hartsville Pike, 0.1 miles west of Old Tennessee Highway 25, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2901 Hartsville Pike, Castalian Springs TN 37031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bledsoe's Fort Historical Park (a few steps from this marker); A Frontiersman Settles in the Wilderness (a few steps from this marker); Fighting for a Way of Life (a few steps from this marker); Hugh Rogan (a few
Rogana Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
2. Rogana Marker
steps from this marker); Bill "Hoss" Allen (a few steps from this marker); Abraham “Abram” Bledsoe (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Horace Lawson Hunley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bledsoe's Lick (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castalian Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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