Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Childress-Ray House / Sarah Childress Polk
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
President James K. Polk
visited in this house which
was the home of her brother
Major John Childress
Plaque placed by A.P.T.A.
Erected by Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics • Law Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 35° 50.861′ N, 86° 23.327′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of North Academy Street and East Lytle Street, on the right when traveling south on North Academy Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 N Academy St, Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grantland Rice James Daniel Richardson (about 700 feet away); Tennessee Baptist Convention (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collier-Lane-Crichlow House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Wedding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Murfreesboro Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1860s View of East Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Regarding Childress-Ray House / Sarah Childress Polk. Excerpt from the National Register of Historic Places nomination:
The Childress-Ray House was built in 1847 by Murfreesboro contractor Jim Fletcher. The center pavilion was built ca. 1875; the (ca. 1875) front porches were destroyed by a tornado in 1913, and they were replaced with the present porches; and ca. 1950 several rooms were converted into apartments.
The Childress-Ray House was the residence of Major John Whitsell Childress, a man who played an important role in nineteenth-century Tennessee business and government. He held important leadership positions in a railroad, three banks, operated a large farm, and was a successful
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 2. submitted on April 26, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.